SBRS: CHAMPCAR/CART: Skip Barber grads do it again

Jeremy Mayfield took the checkered flag ahead of fellow Skip Barber grad Bobby Labonte in yesterday’s Napa Auto Parts 500 at the California Speedway in Fontana, Ca. By following Mayfield across the line, Labonte resumes as the Winston Cup...

Jeremy Mayfield took the checkered flag ahead of fellow Skip Barber grad Bobby Labonte in yesterday’s Napa Auto Parts 500 at the California Speedway in Fontana, Ca. By following Mayfield across the line, Labonte resumes as the Winston Cup points leader. The victory was Mayfield’s first visit to the winner’s circle in the last two years.

Bothers Jeff and Ward Burton joined Mayfield and Labonte as the other Skip Barber trained drivers in the Top-10. The two brothers also came across the finish line nose to tail in fifth and sixth place respectively.

The CART FedEx Series made the first of its three voyages outside of North America, visiting the auto racing mad country of Brazil. Former Barber Pro Series drivers Juan Montoya and Kenny Brack were at the front of the field for a portion of the race. Each, however, fell victim to bad luck.

Montoya was let down by gearbox gremlins while in second place, and comfortably lapping ahead of the rest of the field while just behind the race leader.

Brack took over the lead as the laps began to dwindle and looked to be comfortably ensconced in the lead until a caution period sent the virtually the entire field into the pits. A slow stop by his crew coupled with traffic in the pits relegated him to mid-field, eventually finishing tenth.

Brack, the 1994 Barber Pro Series champion, finished at the end of a Skip Barber trained trio led by Memo Gidley in eighth and Michael Andretti in ninth.

-George Tamayo

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Series IndyCar , NASCAR Cup , Other open wheel
Drivers Ward Burton , Jeremy Mayfield , Michael Andretti , Memo Gidley , Kenny Brack , Skip Barber