Barber Dodge alumni comprise bulk of the Atlantic field at the Beach. (Long Beach, Calif.) April 11, 2002 - Twenty-eight drivers are scheduled to take the green flag for the upcoming second round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Series at the Long...
Barber Dodge alumni comprise bulk of the Atlantic field at the Beach.
(Long Beach, Calif.) April 11, 2002 - Twenty-eight drivers are scheduled to take the green flag for the upcoming second round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Series at the Long Beach Grand Prix. Of them, a total of 14 are Skip Barber Trained and 12 are Barber Dodge Pro Series Alumni.
Leading the charge is 2000 Barber Dodge runner-up Jon Fogarty who comes to Long Beach as the points leader having won the first race of the season in Mexico a month ago. Joey Hand who finished third and Michael Valiante fourth in Mexico are now in their sophomore season in Atlantics and among those to watch out for. Hand contested a Barber Dodge race in 2000 at Road America while Valiante, the 1999 Barber Dodge Co-Rookie of the Year, was the winner in that same year at Road Atlanta.
2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series Champion Nicolas Rondet will make his first Atlantic appearance of the year with Condor Motorsports at Long Beach and joining him in his Series debut is 1999 Co-Rookie of the Year Roger Yasukawa at Hylton Motorsports. The 2000 Barber Dodge Rookie of the Year, Ryan Hunter-Reay teams up with Yasukawa in the Hylton camp. Sepp Koster at Michael Shank Racing, a runner up to Rondet last season and the all time Barber Dodge points leader, will make his first start at Long Beach while David Wieringa rounds out the Barber Dodge trained rookies.
Among the veterans are Alex Gurney, returning to the US after a season campaigning in the British Formula 3 series and two-time Barber Dodge race winner Rocky Moran, Jr. Victor Gonzales, Jr who scored 51 Barber Dodge points in 1997 will start the BBGP entry.
Skip Barber trained drivers include Skip Barber Race Series alumni Carl Russo and Grant Ryley.