NA-F2000: Alumnus captures Indy 500 Rookie of the Year

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (May 28, 2002)--This past Sunday Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship alumni Alex Barron captured the Bank One Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award. In only his sixth Indy Racing League start, Barron drove a stunning...

ST. PETERSBURG, FLA. (May 28, 2002)--This past Sunday Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship alumni Alex Barron captured the Bank One Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year award.

In only his sixth Indy Racing League start, Barron drove a stunning race at the 86th running of the Indianapolis 500. Starting 26th in the No. 44 Rayovac Blair Racing Dallara Chevrolet, Barron steadily worked his way through the 33-car field as the race progressed. On lap 130, Barron led his first laps in the "Greatest Spectacle in Racing" and looked in contention to win the race. At the checkered flag, he had moved up 22 positions to finish fourth and capture the co-Rookie of the Year honors with Tomas Scheckter. Barron, becomes the third Zetec Championship alumni to win the award, along with Robby McGehee in 1999 and Steve Knapp in 1998.

Barron raced in the Zetec Championship in 1996, finishing seventh in the championship with one top-three and three top-five finishes. The following year, he graduated to the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. In his rookie year, he scored an impressive five wins, winning both the Rookie of the Year award and the Championship. In 1998, he made his CART FedEx Championship debut with the All American Racing team, running a limited schedule. After running selected CART races the past few years, Barron joined the Indy Racing League late last year, running one race prior to joining the series full-time in 2002. Last year, Barron was inducted into the Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship Hall of Fame for his accomplishments after graduating from the Zetec Championship.

"Our car was very well balanced in traffic," said Barron. "I'm very happy for what we accomplished, don't get me wrong, but we could have went for the win for the race. We had a really big issue that happened before the last free start. We had a sensor, a map sensor, go out on us, and the car was surging, and we lost a lot of power. But when it's all done, the month that we've had and to finish fourth, to be Rookie of the Year here at the Indy 500 is an awesome feeling."

The 2002 Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship continues with Rounds Six and Seven at the Milwaukee Mile, May 31-June 1, as part of the Miller Lite 250 weekend in support of the CART FedEx Championship.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Tomas Scheckter , Robby McGehee , Alex Barron , Steve Knapp