Points leader Jon Fogarty was unofficially quickest in the most recent Barber Dodge Pro Series test in Sebring, Fla. Typical mid-summer heat in central Florida made most of the times set by the drivers participating incomparable to the times...
Points leader Jon Fogarty was unofficially quickest in the most recent Barber Dodge Pro Series test in Sebring, Fla. Typical mid-summer heat in central Florida made most of the times set by the drivers participating incomparable to the times set in previous tests. The seat time however was worth the effort as the Pro Series heads into a four-race in five-week swing beginning on Aug 13 at Mid Ohio and will conclude at Laguna Seca on Sept. 10 with stops at Road America and Vancouver in between.
Although no times were available, on board computer data culled from each of the Barber Dodge Reynard racecars following each session over the two-day test showed Fogarty to have lapped marginally quicker than Jamie Menninga. Third quick was Marc Breuers. The trio focussed on setting up their cars for the upcoming rounds that take place on the long, fast circuits of Mid Ohio and Road America. They along with the rest of the Barber Dodge Pro Series drivers will benefit from an extra day of testing at those tracks Thursday (Aug 10 and 17 respectively) before official practice begins on Friday.
Also attending the test Bryan Sellers, John Hall and Mikel Miller who each will make their Barber Dodge debuts at the two upcoming rounds. Hall and Miller will do so at Mid-Ohio while Sellers will wait another week before participating at Road America.
Sellers is currently leading the standings in the Formula Dodge National Championship Presented by RACER, and has had previous experience in the Barber Dodge Reynard at the 1999 Barber Dodge Pro Series Big Scholarship. He used the two-day test to reacquaint himself with the car he will be using to make his professional racing debut. Nearly 200-miles of solid driving will make sure of that.
Hall will make his Barber Dodge debut at Mid-Ohio. Hall is no stranger to professional competition as he was a professional polo player prior harnessing horsepower of a different sort. He too completed a successful test, logging plenty of miles. His racing resume includes starts in the Formula Dodge Regional Championships as well as the Motorola Cup.
Currently a Formula Dodge Regional Championship entrant, Miller will also make his Barber Dodge debut at Mid Ohio. Miller, also a Barber Dodge Big Scholarship invitee, brings Formula Mazda and karting experience to the table.
Brazilian Giuliano Pilagallo is schedduled to make his debut at Road America. He comes to the Barber Dodge Pro Series with British Formula Vauxhall and Formula Palmer Audi experience. This was the first experience for Pilagallo in a Barber Dodge Reynard.
Rounding out the drivers participating in the test were Rafael Sperafico, a multi Formula Dodge race winner as well as cousin to current Barber Dodge driver Alexandre and Venezuelan Enzo Potolicchio. Both drivers hope to get at least one Pro Series race under their belts for 2000, most likely at the 11th round of the Pro Series at Road Atlanta on Sept. 30.
- Andrew Torres