IRL: Indy500: Montoya Leads a Train of Skip Barber Success

Juan Montoya was the big winner taking the biggest prize in American racing winning the Indianapolis 500 on his first attempt. Montoya, a former Barber Pro Series race winner led two other Skip Barber graduates in the Top-10 at the Brickyard. ...

Juan Montoya was the big winner taking the biggest prize in American racing winning the Indianapolis 500 on his first attempt. Montoya, a former Barber Pro Series race winner led two other Skip Barber graduates in the Top-10 at the Brickyard. Jeff Ward completed the 500-miler just outside of the top-3 in fourth place. Scott Sharp rounded out the Top-10 in tenth.

Indy wasn’t the only race on Montoya’s agenda over the Memorial Day Weekend. The snowed-out CART FedEx Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix the Nazareth Speedway in Nazareth, Pa. was finally run under more pleasant weather conditions. This time pole-sitter Montoya followed another fellow Barber Pro Series veteran across the finish line in Kenny Brack. The 1994 Barber Pro Series Champion as well as the ’99 Indy winner, Brack scored his highest finish in his young CART FedEx career with a third-place podium finish. Montoya was one spot behind in fourth place, and as a result scored his best CART finish of 2000. Michael Andretti followed up his Motegi victory with a sixth –place finish in his home event. Fellow Skip Barber alumnus Tony Kanaan brought his car home sixth.

NASCAR ran two events at the Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C. Skip Barber grad Jeff Burton scored the win in the Busch Series Car Quest 300 on Saturday. Jeff Gordon and Joe Nemechek also scored solid points paying positions with a fourth and sixth respectively.

Winston Cup points leader Booby Labonte solidified his hold on the position with a second-place in the Winston Cup Coca Cola 600. Skip Barber Racing School Graduate and former Barber Pro Series racer Jerry Nadeau was on the verge of his big breakthrough in NASCAR Winston Cup competition as he led the event in the early going only to be beset by mechanical woes. Skip Barber grads Jeremy Mayfield, Steve Park and Jeff Gordon each finished in the Top-10 with a sixth, ninth and tenth respectively.

Lime Rock Park hosted not only the Barber Dodge Pro Series, but also the Grand American Road Racing Series for the Dodge Dealers Grand Prix. Butch Leitziner, a Skip Barber grad, co-drove the winning car in the top sport racer class into the winner’s circle. Leitzinger along with co-driver Andy Wallace finished the event one lap ahead of their nearest competitior.

- George Tamayo

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Andy Wallace , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Jeremy Mayfield , Steve Park , Joe Nemechek , Jeff Ward , Scott Sharp , Michael Andretti , Tony Kanaan , Kenny Brack , Skip Barber