Pikes Peak USSS race report 2002-05-05

United States Speedway Series Gorden blazes to second consecutive win at Pikes Peak Fountain, Colorado -- May 5, 2002 -- Greg Gorden, of nearby Colorado Springs, dominated his home track for the second time in the United States Speedway Series...

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Gorden blazes to second consecutive win at Pikes Peak

Fountain, Colorado -- May 5, 2002 -- Greg Gorden, of nearby Colorado Springs, dominated his home track for the second time in the United States Speedway Series 2nd Annual Colorado Grand Prix, Sunday at Pikes Peak International Raceway. From qualifying to checkered flag, no one could catch his Oldsmobile Aurora-powered G-Force Indy Car on the high-banks of turns one and two or through the twisting infield road course. It was a repeat of last fall's race here, when Gorden's car, which is sponsored by PPIR, swept to victory.

Defending USSS Champion, Ken Petrie won the first USSS race at this track last May, the second of five wins he scored on his way to the championship. This year, the Parker, Colorado driver chased and challenged all day in his Precision Industries March-Chevrolet, but was unable to overpower his longtime rival.

2001 USSS Top Rookie, Mike Koss, of Bronson, Michigan, drove to a strong third-place finish in this Bowes Seal Fast Dallara-Aurora, despite spinning midway through the race. There was also a good battle for fourth and fifth, between Robert Prilika, of Denver, in his Powers Electric Lola-Buick, in his first USSS race, against USSS veteran Eric Koselke, of Indianapolis, driving a turbocharged Lola-Buick from Loophole Racing for the first time.

Bruce Reimer, of Moorpark, California, continues to lead the 2002 USSS Rookie standings, with his sixth-place finish in the Red Bull March-Buick, while his McDonald Motorsports teammate John McDonald, of Winchester, California, was right behind him in the Slover's Porting March-Chevy.

The winner of the first race of the USSS season at San Antonio, Phil Erickson, of Lake Tahoe, Nevada, blew an engine in practice on Saturday in the Erickson Companies Lola-Buick Champ Car. His crew worked all night to put him on the starting grid Sunday afternoon and keep Erickson in the points lead with eighth-place.

Dale Buckley, of Commerce City, Colorado, at the wheel of the Buckley and Company Lola-Chevrolet, mixed it up with Ted Hummell, of Castle Rock, Colorado, in the Jaguar Denver March-Chevrolet for ninth and tenth.

Mid-race spins also took out Rob van Westenburg, of Morrison, Colorado, in the Humbug Racing March-Chevrolet, and Mike Lee, of Divide, Colorado, piloting thebuyerspage.com Lola-Buick. Robert Garcia, of Houston, Texas, in the TruckNation Lola-Buick, and David Hoffpauir, of Black Forest, Colorado, in the KILO-FM March-Buick, both also went out early.

Phil Erickson holds onto his lead of the USSS Championship, with 36 points, followed by Bruce Reimer with 34 and Mike Koss and Ken Petrie, both with 33.

The United States Speedway Series races next at the 2nd Annual Dodge City Showdown, June 15 on the Kansas oval. Then the Indy cars and Champ cars of USSS will also return to Albuquerque, New Mexico on September 7, on the bullring at Las Vegas on October 5, and to Phoenix on Thanksgiving Weekend. USSS will also stage first annual events in Twin Falls, Idaho on July 27 and Pueblo, Colorado on August 18.

- www.usssracing.com

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Mike Koss , Robert Prilika