SBRS: Barber graduates update 2000-07-24

Barber Dodge Pro Series veteran Juan Montoya won his second race of the 2000 CART FedEx Series season over fellow Skip Barber grad Michael Andretti by 0.040 seconds in the third closest finish in Champ Car history. After swapping lead positions...

Barber Dodge Pro Series veteran Juan Montoya won his second race of the 2000 CART FedEx Series season over fellow Skip Barber grad Michael Andretti by 0.040 seconds in the third closest finish in Champ Car history. After swapping lead positions over the last 11 laps, Montoya craftily drafted off of slower traffic in front to propel himself ahead of Andretti and beat him by a carbon fiber nose. Last year, Montoya came up on the short end of the stick in the second closest race in CART history at the U.S. 500, also in Michigan. The win was the Columbian’s second in a 500-miler this year; his first was at the Indianapolis 500 in May. Helio Castroneves, who led at one point, finished fifth with former Barber Dodge driver Memo Gidley completing the Top-10 in tenth place.

A day earlier, also on the super oval, Skip Barber grad Tony Renna scored his best result to date in the 2000 CART Dayton Indy Lights Series with a third-place finish in the Detroit News 100. Renna led the way for the Barber Dodge contingent who filled half of the Top-10. Following Renna were Lights rookies Townsend Bell and Todd Snyder in fourth and fifth places. The Boss brothers both made it into the Top-10 with Geoff coming home sixth and Andy ending the race in ninth.

In Women Global GT Series action, three of the top-10 finishers at Sears Point Raceway were Skip Barber alumni. Three-time winner on the year, Divina Galica, earned second place honors and a spot on the podium. Barber Dodge Pro Series rookie Milka Duno followed in sixth; Terri Hundertmark took the flag in tenth.

Also at Sears Point, Skip Barber Racing School Instructor Hugh Plumb secured an early lead from his teammate and went on to win Round Four of the Speedvision Touring Car Championship. Plumb, who also races in the Formula Dodge National Championship series, is the brother of racer Matt Plumb, a second-year Barber Dodge Pro Series driver.

In NASCAR action, Skip Barber alumni held five of the top-10 spots in the Pennsylvania 500 at Pocono Raceway. Jeff Burton and Jeff Gordon placed second and third, respectively. Series points leader Bobby Labonte (6th), Jimmy Spencer (9th) and Jeremy Mayfield (10th) were also among the top-10. At the Michigan 200, NASCAR trucks and drivers were hauling as well. Three of the Skip Barber trained recorded top-10 spots in the NASCAR Craftsman Truck Series. The finish order was Mike Wallace (3rd), last week’s winner Dennis Setzer (5th) and Randy Tolsma (10th).

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Milka Duno , Jeff Burton , Jeff Gordon , Bobby Labonte , Jeremy Mayfield , Jimmy Spencer , Mike Wallace , Memo Gidley , Dennis Setzer , Townsend Bell , Randy Tolsma , Skip Barber , Tony Renna , Hugh Plumb , Todd Snyder , Divina Galica