(MONTEREY, Calif.) Sept 8, 2000 - With three rounds remaining in the chase for the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series Career Enhancement Award, the action on track should be as hot as the September Monterey sun. Californian Jon Fogarty arrives at the...
(MONTEREY, Calif.) Sept 8, 2000 - With three rounds remaining in the chase for the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series Career Enhancement Award, the action on track should be as hot as the September Monterey sun. Californian Jon Fogarty arrives at the track that is ostensibly in his own back yard with a narrow 12-point margin ahead of Brazilian Nilton Rossoni. With only their ten best results counting toward the title, Round 10 at Laguna Seca will be begin to figure prominently. Currently, Rossoni holds at least one advantage as in the event of a tie, he would get the nod by virtue of his four wins on the season as opposed to Fogarty's three. Three races are however a long way yet to go.
The threat of Sepp Koster can not yet be discounted either. The Dutchnan, a former Benelux Formula Ford Champion, drove a fine race a week ago in Vancouver to finish second, clawing away some of the advantage that Fogarty and Rossoni had built. A victory for him at Laguna Seca coupled with some bad luck for both Fogarty and Rossoni would put Koster squarely into the fight. Hopes of either Fogarty or Rossonoi stumbling however are slim. The two have been frequent visitors to the podium this year with Fogarty making the trip six times and Rossoni five.
Mathematically, the top seven drivers in the points table all still have a chance of capturing the coveted $300,000 Career Enhancement award. For Matt Plumb, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Roger Yasukawa and Jamie Menninga, that will be a tough road to hoe. Plumb is coming off of his first career win in Vancouver while Hunter-Reay has his eyes on the Rookie of the Year prize. Yasukawa and Menninga are on the prowl for career win number one. All four will have to take their level up step if they are to break through with a formidable challenge.
Round 10 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series racing in support of the CART FedEx Honda Grand Prix of Monterey will take place Sunday, Sept. 10 immediately following the Champ Car race at 3:55 p.m. PDT.