Barber Dodge Pro Series announces addition of Milwaukee Mile to 2003 schedule. (LAKEVILLE, CT.) March 18, 2003--The Barber Dodge Pro Series announced today the addition of the an oval event to the 2003 season with the third round of the ...
Barber Dodge Pro Series announces addition of Milwaukee Mile to 2003 schedule.
(LAKEVILLE, CT.) March 18, 2003--The Barber Dodge Pro Series announced today the addition of the an oval event to the 2003 season with the third round of the championship now taking place on the one-mile oval at the Milwaukee Mile on May 31st. As with every round of the 2003 season, the Barber Dodge Pro Series will be participating as a support event for the Champ Car World Series at the Speed of Night weekend, which will feature the first-ever running of the Champ Cars under the lights at the famed Milwaukee Mile oval. The Milwaukee event will replace the round scheduled for Road America, which has been removed from the 2003 Champ Car schedule. The Milwaukee race is the third new Champ Car venue to be added to the Pro Series Schedule for 2003 along with St. Petersburg and this weekend's race in Monterrey, Mexico.
Series officials are excited about the opportunity to participate at Milwaukee, which is the only oval-course round of the 2003 season, hailing a return to ovals for the series after having competed on only road courses in 2002. Historically, Barber Dodge races on ovals are ultra competitive affairs with the entire field normally qualifying within one second of the pole as they did at Chicago in 2001.
"While we lament the removal of Road America from the schedule, we are very pleased with the opportunity to return to the excitement of competing on an one mile oval," said Skip Barber Vice President of Motorsports Development Steven Sewell. "We anticipate the race to be every bit as thrilling as the ovals on which the Barber Dodge Pro Series has competed on previously at Chicago Motor Speedway, Nazareth Speedway and New Hampshire International Speedway."
The Milwaukee Mile staff, which is eagerly anticipating showing off the significant new upgrades to the track from the off-season, including new grandstands and garage facilities, is looking forward to hosting the top three levels of the Champ Car Ladder System.
"We are excited about the addition of the Barber Dodge Pro Series to our weekend schedule," said Vice President and General Manager Mark Perrone. "By hosting both the Toyota Atlantic series and the Barber Dodge Pro Series, we will be giving our fans an opportunity to witness the future stars of the Champ Car World Series on what will prove to be an exciting weekend for the Mile as we host our first-ever night race."
The event will also benefit the drivers in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, as it will allow them an opportunity to show their oval skills to the owners, and prospective employers in the Toyota Atlantic ranks.
"As a driver development series, it is essential to expose Barber Dodge Pro Series competitors to all types of challenges that they will face in upcoming years," said Sewell. "With the inclusion of the Milwaukee race, they now complete their portfolio of natural road course, temporary street circuit, and oval."
The Barber Dodge Pro Series will make use of Michelin Pilot SX tires which have been engineered specifically for use on one-mile tracks. The tire will be similar in compound to the one utilized when the Pro Series visited ovals previously, but it will reflect the knowledge gained at those tracks to provide the drivers with a stable and adhesive tire for use during the weekend.
The Barber Dodge Pro Series is the Official Entry Level Professional Series of Champ Car. The drivers utilize identically prepared single seat open wheel Reynard-Dodge racecars. Barber Dodge Pro Series provides a level playing field where driving talent, not financial resources, play the decisive role. This state-of-the-art platform, with its carbon composite construction, raised nose and 6-speed sequential gearbox, takes full advantage of the 265hp all aluminum Dodge V6 Intrepid motor that is exclusive to this series. Additionally, all of the Barber Dodges compete on identical Michelin Pilot racing slicks.
To ensure absolute equality for all competitors, the Barber Dodge Pro Series owns, maintains, prepares and transports all the cars and equipment. This serves to control costs while allowing the drivers to concentrate solely on developing their driving skills. The Barber Dodge Pro Series rewards those with dedication and skill with true financial incentive - an incredible $55,100 in prize money is available for each Barber Dodge Pro Series event with $13,000 going to the race winner. The overall Series Champion receives a $100,000 scholarship towards entry in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, and the series Rookie of the Year receives $185,000 in career enhancement funding. In total, the Barber Dodge Pro Series pays out over $1 million annually in prize money, contingencies and scholarships.