SBRS: CHAMPCAR/CART: Barber trained drivers at the front again

Skip Barber trained drivers Helio Castroneves Jeremy Mayfield and Paul Gentilozzi each garnered wins over the weekend, making it a fruitful two days for Skip Barber trained drivers. Castroneves won his first career CART FedEx Champ Car race at...

Skip Barber trained drivers Helio Castroneves Jeremy Mayfield and Paul Gentilozzi each garnered wins over the weekend, making it a fruitful two days for Skip Barber trained drivers.

Castroneves won his first career CART FedEx Champ Car race at the Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix of Detroit at the Raceway on Belle Isle Sunday afternoon. The euphoric Brazilian nearly leapt from his car on his cool down lap, punching the air with both fists. On the victory podium he had to hold back the tears of joy. Castroneves took over the lead from former Barber Pro Series racer Juan Montoya who had secured the pole for the start then dominated the first 61-laps. Mechanical gremlins once again befell the Colombian, and Castroneves who had been fast all weekend was lurking close behind. He took up the charge with just over 20 laps in the balance, and set off with the bit between his teeth.

The SCCA BF Goodrich Trans Am Series from Belle Isle on Saturday saw Paul Gentilozzi nearly take a flag-to-flag victory. The Skip Barber trained driver led all but two laps of the race run around the temporary circuit in the middle of the Detroit River. Gentilozzi now resides second on the overall points table, 21 shy of the leader.

In other news from Belle Isle, Chris Menninga was the top scorer in the Dayton Indy Lights round. Menninga led a train of Barber Dodge Pro Series veterans from sixth through 11th. Following Menninga were Townsend Bell, Todd Snyder, Jeff Simmons, Andy Boss, and Geoff Boss. The Barber Dodge Pro Series race was won by a Skip Barber Grad Jon Fogarty ahead of Matt Plumb and Chris Menninga’s younger brother Jamie, making it a pretty special Father’s Day for their dad Johnny.

The NASCAR Winston Cup Pocono 500 was rained out on Sunday, but got the race in on Monday. Skip Barber grad Jeremy Mayfield held on patiently to take his second victory of the season. He was so patient in fact, he decided that the last turn of a 500-mile race might just be the place to do it, and he did. Mayfield edged under leader Dale Earnhardt and showed the master his own bag of tricks as he bumped Earnhardt just enough to get him off the fast lane, and just enough to edge by for the victory. Mayfield is now the third Winston Cup driver to record two wins in 2000.

Joining him in the Top-10 were Skip Barber grads Jeff Burton in seventh place and Jeff Gordon in eighth.

Scott Sharp scored a podium finish at the Indy Racing Northern Light Series Radisson Indy 200 at Pikes Peak. Sharp led the race at one point but ultimately had to settle for third.

-George Tamayo

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Cup , Other open wheel , Trans-Am
Drivers Dale Earnhardt , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Jeremy Mayfield , Scott Sharp , Helio Castroneves , Jon Fogarty , Chris Menninga , Townsend Bell , Skip Barber , Jeff Simmons , Geoff Boss , Todd Snyder