SBRS: Laguna Seca Finale

BARBER DODGE TITLE TO DEREK HILL First American Champion Since 1991 MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 26, from Rick Roso) - When the cars of Martin Stenshorne, Rino Mastronardi and Derek Hill came together in turn 5 on the first lap, knocking Mastronardi out...

BARBER DODGE TITLE TO DEREK HILL First American Champion Since 1991 MONTEREY, Calif. (Oct. 26, from Rick Roso) - When the cars of Martin Stenshorne, Rino Mastronardi and Derek Hill came together in turn 5 on the first lap, knocking Mastronardi out of the race and ending any title chance he had, Hill won the 1997 Barber Dodge Pro Series championship and the $150,000 in title bonuses that goes with it. Chris Menninga avoided the melee in front of him and led every lap to score his first career Barber Dodge win. Rocky Moran, Jr., and Nicolas Rondet were second and third. Hill was able to rejoin after the accident and worked his way to ninth at the end of the 30-minute race. Hill won the championship over Mastronardi 157 points to 147.

Results Sunday of 30-minute SCCA Pro Racing Barber Dodge Pro Series race at the FIA GT/World Sports Car finale, Laguna Seca Raceway, 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course, with starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown or country, winner's average speed, laps completed, reason out, if any, and prize money. All cars identical Mondiale Barber Dodge V6 open-wheel, single-seat race cars.

1.      (6)     Chris Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 91.019 mph, 21 laps, $10,000 
2.      (9)     Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 21, $6,000 
3.      (4)     Nick Rondet, San Diego, 21, $4,000 
4.      (7)     Townsend Bell, Santa Barbara, Calif., 21, $2,500 
5.      (10)    Jeff Shafer, N. Hollywood, Calif., 21, $1,800 
6.      (14)    Andy Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 21, $1,500 
7.      (8)     Jon Fogarty, Portola Valley, Calif., 21, $1,300 
8.      (11)    Samer Hindi, Los Angeles, 21, $1,200 
9.      (2)     Derek Hill, Santa Monica, Calif., 21, $1,000 
10.     (13)    Owen Trinkler, Nashville, Tenn., 21, $1,000 
11.     (15)    Jose Antonio Costa, Peru, 21, $800 
12.     (19)    Will Langhorne, Washington, D.C., 21, $700 
13.     (23)    Jamie Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 21, $1,100 
14.     (17)    Scott Brunk, Frederick, Md., 21, $500 
15.     (18)    Victor Gonzalez, Puerto Rico, 21, $500 
16.     (16)    Jarrett Boon, Phoenix, 21, $500 
17.     (20)    Tim Goetze, Mamaronek, N.Y., 21, $500 
18.     (22)    Ryan Jones, LeRoy, N.Y., 21, $500 
19.     (25)    Bill Tichenor, Dallas, 21, $500 
20.     (27)    Patsy DiFilippo, Apollo, Pa., 21, $500 
21.     (26)    Charles Willis, Germantown, Tenn., 15 (retired), $500 
22.     (5)     Tony Renna, Deland, Fla., 9 (gearbox), $500 
23.     (3)     Martin Stenshorne, Norway, 8 (accident), $500 
24.     (21)    Eric Tresslar, Denver, 5 (accident), $500 
25.     (24)    John McCaig, Canada, 3 (electrical), $500 
26.     (12)    Nilton Rossoni, Brazil, 1 (clutch), $500 
27.     (1)     Rino Mastronardi, Italy, 0 (accident), $500 

Race Time: 30 minutes, 58.870 seconds (21 laps) Winning speed: 91.019 mph Distance: 47.0 miles Margin of Victory: 1.080 seconds Fastest Race Lap: Nicolas Rondet, lap 18, 1:27.570 (92.004 mph) Fastest Qualifier: Rino Mastronardi, 1:27:065 (92.538 mph) Most Progressive Driver ($500): Jamie Menninga, 23rd to 13th Lap leaders: Menninga, 1-21 Caution periods: none Final Series Standings after Round 12 of 12: 1. Derek Hill 157, $211,300 2. Rino Mastronardi 147 3. Andy Boss 135 4. Chris Menninga 130 5. Nick Rondet 125 6. Rocky Moran, Jr. 100 7. Martin Stenshorne 67 8. Will Langhorne 58 9. Samer Hindi 55 10. Tony Renna 54

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Derek Hill , Jon Fogarty , Chris Menninga , Townsend Bell , Nilton Rossoni , Tony Renna , Will Langhorne , Owen Trinkler , Rocky Moran , Jarrett Boon , Jeff Shafer , Rino Mastronardi