SBRS: Hunter-Reay brings title lead to Detroit

American Ryan Hunter-Reay assumed the lead in the chase for the 2001Barber Dodge Pro Series title with his first career win at round 3 at Lime Rock Park three weeks ago. Defending that lead as the Barber Dodge Pro Series comes to the Raceway on...

American Ryan Hunter-Reay assumed the lead in the chase for the 2001Barber Dodge Pro Series title with his first career win at round 3 at Lime Rock Park three weeks ago. Defending that lead as the Barber Dodge Pro Series comes to the Raceway on Belle Isle in Detroit in support of the Tenneco Automotive Detroit Grand Prix will not be easy for Hunter-Reay. The ultra competitive season has produced four different winners in as many races, and an array of drivers on the podium. Nineteen points separate the top-5 drivers overall. Of them, Hunter-Reay has been the most consistent scoring a win, two seconds and ninth-place result thus far.

Dutchman Sepp Koster captured his second career victory at Lime Rock in round 4 and had it not been for a punctured tire while leading round 3, gone on to sweep both rounds in a rain drenched weekend at the fabled track. The Lime Rock and a first corner incident at round 1 in Sebring have been the only hiccoughs in a season that has largely shown Koster to possess his fair share of speed . His other points-paying finish was a second place at Phoenix in round 2.

Trailing Hunter-Reay is veteran Nicolas Rondet, the winner at Phoenix. Rondet had been leading the championship chase coming into Lime Rock after opening his season with a third place result followed by the win. Less than desirable starting positions under trying weather circumstances saw Rondet finish tenth and fifth at Lime Rock. Under the circumstances, those points may prove invaluable later in the season. He trails Hunter-Reay by a mere six points.

The Sperafico cousins occupy third and fourth overall with younger cousin Rafael leading the more experienced Alex. Rafael, the current leading rookie, has been one of the season’s revelations, scoring four Top-10 finishes. Alex has a win (Sebring) and third-place finish in the bag.

Roger Yasukawa stood on the podium for the first time in his Pro Series career at Lime Rock. The former Rookie of the Year also has four Top-10 finishes demonstrating the consistent form that has been his hallmark. He resides fifth overall in the standings.

The Barber Dodge Pro Series will take the green flag just before the CART FedEx Series Tenneco Automotive Grand Prix at 11:30 a.m. on Sunday June 17.

-George Tamayo

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Ryan Hunter-Reay , Roger Yasukawa , Sepp Koster