Bright takes third at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 13, 2000) After sustaining a back muscle injury in a practice accident at Chicago Motor Speedway only two weeks ago, Aussie Jason Bright has bounced back overnight to take pole position at Mid-Ohio and finish a ...

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 13, 2000) After sustaining a back muscle injury in a practice accident at Chicago Motor Speedway only two weeks ago, Aussie Jason Bright has bounced back overnight to take pole position at Mid-Ohio and finish a determined third.

After a mixed start, Jason dropped from pole position to sixth place. From there, he was able to maneuver himself back into third position, only to drop back to fourth after the final re-start.

But with plenty of determination and an outside move on Tony Renna, Jason managed to regain third place just before the chequered flag.

"We had a quick car. We may have had a bit more wing than the others but we didn't have good straightaway speed. I couldn't get close enough to get right under any other cars," Jason said.

"It was a little disappointing because we were so fast around the backside of the track but I couldn't get around anybody when I hit the straight-aways.

"My back is much better. It wasn't a problem during the race. I was strapped so tightly in the car that my back didn't have much room to move.

"I had a lot of fluid drained last Monday, which really helped ease the pressure and speed the healing. Dr. (Terry) Trammell is confident I won't need more of that," he said.

Jason Bright's Dorricott Racing teammate Townsend Bell took line honours, holding off Dayton Indy Lights Championship leader Scott Dixon, who took second.

While Dixon retains his championship lead with 93 points, Bell has moved to second in the standings with 80 points. Bright remains in contention for the title with 72 points in third place.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Scott Dixon , Townsend Bell , Tony Renna , Jason Bright