Press Release Championship Comes Down To Season Finale At Lime Rock Park; Thomas Schie to try to spoil Fredrik Larsson's Dream Season LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 1) - For the third year in a row, the $600,000 SCCA Pro Racing Barber Dodge Pro Series...
Press Release Championship Comes Down To Season Finale At Lime Rock Park; Thomas Schie to try to spoil Fredrik Larsson's Dream Season
LAKEVILLE, Conn. (Oct. 1) - For the third year in a row, the $600,000 SCCA Pro Racing Barber Dodge Pro Series championship will be decided in the final race of the year. Sweden's Fredrik Larsson and Norway's Thomas Schie--the two are good friends and for the past two years, on-the-road roommates--will shoot it out in the season finale at Lime Rock Park October 12. The 30-minute Barber Dodge race is the featured support race of the Dodge Dealers NASCAR 200 Busch Grand National North season-ender. Larsson has been atop the points standings for much of the year--he's won five of 11 races, and taken the pole position five times--and had opportunities to clinch the title (and the $150,000* in bonuses that goes with it) in the last two races, but has been unable to do so. However, he gathered an important third place at the Reno Grand Prix Sept. 22 (behind race winner Geoff Boss and second place Schie), which means all he needs to wrap up the title at Lime Rock Park is four points (a 12th place finish, or pole and 13th place). For Schie's part, to have any chance of taking the title he must win the race; finishing second, even with earning the one point for pole, gives the title to Larsson no matter where he finishes. Expect a no-holds-barred effort from Schie: "I am just to do the very best I can. Second in the championship is good, but if Fredrik has trouble I want to take advantage," Schie said in the post-race conference at Reno. Larsson simply says, "I know what I need to do." Larsson won the Memorial Day Barber Dodge race, fending off Derek Hill by just 1.067 seconds. The course layout for this event is different, though, as the chicane in The Uphill will not be used. This will be the first time since 1988 that the Pro Series has run Lime Rock Park without the chicane, which significantly changes the approach speeds for West Bend and The Downhill. Barber Dodge lap times could be in the :50 second range, meaning an average speed for one lap of nearly 110 mph--faster than the 600 h.p. Busch North beasts! In other news, the Lime Rock Park event is the second Barber Dodge race for three Hollywood celebrities; Team Norelco's Alfonso Ribiero, Sean Patrick Flanery and Mark--Paul Gosselaar all made their open-wheel professional debuts at RenosEPT. 22. They demonstrated clearly that they are by far the "cream of the crop" of the celebrity racers: Gosselaar finished a very impressive 10th at Reno, while Flanery and Ribeiro came home 17th and 19th, respectively. Another Team Norelco driver, Grant Show, will make his professional debut at Lime Rock Park October 12. SCCA Pro Racing's Barber Dodge Pro Series Round 12, at the Dodge Dealers NASCAR 200 at Lime Rock Park, is Saturday, Oct. 12 at 12:30 in the afternoon. espn2 will broadcast the Barber Dodge race four times (all times shown are Eastern): Saturday, Oct. 19, 4:00 p.m.; Tuesday, Oct. 22, 4:30 a.m.; Friday, Oct. 25, 8:00 p.m. and Wednesday, Oct. 30 at 12:30 a.m. -Rick Roso, Barber Dodge Paddock/Lime Rock Park Press Room
*The $100,000 Career Enhancement Award and the $50,000 Indy Lights engine-lease package /end