Points Chase Tightens After Toronto Indy Castrol Super Series // Round ...
Points Chase Tightens After Toronto Indy
Castrol Super Series // Round #6 // Toronto Molson Indy // Exhibition Place // July 14, 2001
LONDON, ON - If the second half of the 2001 Castrol Super Series is as exciting as the first, then the next few months should be very exciting. The 12-race tour put its sixth event of the season into the record books on Saturday at the Toronto Molson Indy. Robin Buck's second career win - both coming at the same Exhibition Place track - produced the sixth different winner in as many races this season.
And in terms of the points chase, the Toronto Indy podium finishes by Don Thomson Jr. and Al Turner nudged them ahead of season-long Castrol Cup standings leader Kerry Micks. But not by much. The three are separated by just two points at the mid-way point of the season, with Turner's Blue Streak Intrepid sitting one marker ahead of Thomson's Home Hardware Chevy, who is a single point in front of Micks' TIM-BR Mart Ford Taurus. Following his victory in the 31-lap race on the Toronto Indy road circuit, Buck - who drives the UAP/NAPA Pontiac - was very complimentary about the road racing abilities of his CASCAR competitors.
"I tried to set a pace I was comfortable with but both these guys [Thomson and Turner] were hanging on very well, which goes to show far they've come. They can basically run the pace that I've set. I can never take it for granted with these guys."
Castrol Super Series Year-End Points Fund Set at $150,000
Prior to the Castrol Super Series race at the Toronto Molson Indy, Andrew Walsh, Castrol's 'Sponsorship Manager, North America' announced that the longtime title sponsor of the Super Series would increase its commitment to the popular stock car series. According to Walsh, Castrol is boosting the 2001 year-end Castrol Super Series points fund to $150,000.
Walsh has gained an appreciation for the Castrol Super Series in a few short months. "CASCAR has a large very talented and enthusiastic group of drivers. The increase to $150,000 for the year end Castrol Cup brings greater awareness to the accomplishments of the drivers while recognizing the importance of sustained excellence and driving hard throughout the entire season."
The breakdown of the payout - recommended by Tony Novotny - includes a mid-season award. Walsh noted, "It's going to go deep, however, the lion's share of the monies will be directed to the year end payout." Commenting on his perception of the Castrol Super Series, following the ownership issues that arose in the off-season, Walsh continued, "This weekend, [Toronto Molson Indy] is a very strong indication of the great support and interest this series enjoys. The cars are in great shape, the drivers are very excited to be here, the fans are very supportive and we've gained a lot of ground since CASCAR Media Day 10 weeks ago in re-establishing CASCAR and the Castrol Super Series with Tony Novotny at the helm."
In conclusion, Walsh said, "Tracks are reporting attendance is better than last year and have exceeded expectations at such first time races as Kawartha Downs. This weekend, CASCAR put 38 cars on the starting grid; more than any other series race at the Molson Indy. This is impressive for the Castrol Super Series and I'm very excited about the prospects for a strong second half of the racing season. On the strength of that, I'm encouraged about Castrol's continued investment and support."
NOTEBOOK: The next Castrol Super Series event is on July 28 at Montreal's Autodrome St-Eustache. The track was the scene of the thrilling conclusion to the 2000 Castrol Super Series East championship. The race was won by two-time and defending Castrol Cup champion Peter Gibbons, but the final Eastern title was won - via a tie-breaking formula - by Don Thomson Jr.