SBRS: Phoenix preview

WHAT: Round 2 of 12, 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series in support of the Sun Automotive 200 WHEN: Qualifying Thursday, April 19 at 4:05 p.m. (30 Minutes); Final Qualifying, Friday, April 20 at 2:05 p.m. (30 Minutes); RACE START, Saturday ...

WHAT: Round 2 of 12, 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series in support of the Sun Automotive 200

WHEN: Qualifying Thursday, April 19 at 4:05 p.m. (30 Minutes); Final Qualifying, Friday, April 20 at 2:05 p.m. (30 Minutes); RACE START, Saturday April 21 at 4:00 p.m. (40 Minutes)

WHERE: Phoenix International Raceway, Phoenix, AZ

WHO: 21 drivers from six different countries

TELEVISION: ESPN2, May 3 at 6:00 p.m. EDT

The second round of the 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series is set to take place on April 21 at Phoenix International Raceway. Returning to the Valley of the Sun for the first time since 1995, the Barber Dodge Pro Series looks substantially different from then, but will still provide the same intense competition. Now recognized as the Official Professional Entry Level Race Series of CART, the 2001 Barber Dodge Pro Series continues to produce top-shelf talent that is sure to rise the CART FedEx Series as have former Pro Series standouts Kenny Brack and Bryan Herta.

Eager to ascend the ranks in 2001 is round 1 race winner Alex Sperafico of Brazil who garnered his first Pro Series career victory on that occasion following a stirring drive. His early season form gives every indication that he will continue a force to be reckoned with for the balance of the season. Strong opposition will come from the two drivers that shared the podium with Sperafico. American Ryan Hunter-Reay, the 2000 Barber-CART Rookie of the Year turned in very powerful performance during the first race at Sebring International Raceway finishing second to Sperafico. Frenchman Nicolas Rondet was equally impressive upon his return to the Pro Series having only committed to driving a month before the start of the season. With but a pair of days testing under his belt, Rondet returned to form quickly. His battle with Hunter-Reay was a nail-biter with Hunter-Reay eventually muscling his way into second place with a text book pass. Rondet settled for third after having led part of the race.

With 11 rounds remaining in the series, plenty of time remains for the 21 drivers from six countries to make their mark on the 2001 season. Wiley veterans Roger Yasukawa, Peter Boss, Matt Plumb and Sepp Koster - all in the mix at Sebring- will look to snag a win and level out the pits table. But upstart rookies like Barber-CART Big Scholarship Winners Jon Morley and Rafael Sperafico are intent on making their mark as well. In a series as competitive and evenly balanced as the Barber Dodge Pro Series, anything can happen.


Saturday, April 21, 2001

Car# Driver/Hometown Sponsor(s) Color

3 Sepp Koster/Heemskerk, The Netherlands Stora-Drain; Respons ; Uitert; IR Productions; Arai Black/Silver

4 Matt Plumb/Unionville, Penn. Premier Nutrition; Mid-Atlantic Trading Red/White

8 Roger Yasukawa/Santa Monica, Calif. Tokyo Ueno Clinic; Kenwood; Aimon Trading Co.; Arai; Prifitt; Cara Coat Red/Black/Silver

9 Alexandre Sperafico/Toledo Parana(, Brazil Iveco Fiat; Rider Footwear; Colônia Beer; Sperafico Group Blue/Yellow

11 Jon Morley/Columbus, Ohio "Big Scholarship" Winner; Centric Parts, Inc.; Corsa; Bell Blue/Red/White

12 Keith Dusko/Red Bank, New Jersey PowerBar Blue

14 David Wieringa/Oakbrook, Illinois Oakley; Via Rail Canada; Hollander Distribution Systems; Watercolor Group Silver/Blue/Red

15 Rene Bauer/Sao Paulo, Brazil P.I.T.S.; W.T.F. White

16 Davy Cook/Tallahassee, Fla. Codi Inc.; DC Racing Yellow

17 Giandomenico Brusatin/Cali, Colombia GB Racing Black

18 Peter Boss/Narragansett, R.I. ITIS, Inc.;; Cross Pens; Lacoste Clothing White

19 Sara Senske/Kennewick, Washington Lynx Racing Black/Aqua

21 Rafael Sperafico/Toledo Paraná, Brazil "Big Scholarship" Winner; Clean Farm; Agricola Sperafico; Corsa Blue/White/Red

22 Jay Ricci/Grosse Pointe, Michigan J.D. Byrider; C.N.A.C.; J.R. Agency Orange/Blue

24 Nicolas Rondet/Melle, France In KART USA Blue

26 Rhonda Trammell/Pittsboro, Ind. Forsythe Racing; REO Spine Line; Klein Tools; Motorsports Blue/Silver/White

27 Akihira Okamoto/Osaka, Japan Fujiwara Dental Clinic; Racing On; Okamoto Automobile Red

31 Ryan Hunter-Reay/Boca Raton, Fla. "Barber Dodge Pro Series Rookie of the Year"; Simpson Red/White/Blue

33 Jon Vannini/Hillsborough, Calif. Copart, Inc; Conservation Partners Orange/Black

34 Christian Szymczak/Oakland, Calif. White Eagle Racing Black

94 Marc Breuers/Gladwyne, Penn. SUNOCO; The Old Guard House Inn Blue/Yellow/Red


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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Peter Boss , Bryan Herta , Kenny Brack , David Wieringa , Jay Ricci , Ryan Hunter-Reay , Christian Szymczak , Davy Cook , Marc Breuers , Roger Yasukawa , Jon Vannini , Rafael Sperafico , Sepp Koster , Rhonda Trammell , Alex Sperafico , Matt Plumb , Akihira Okamoto , Jon Morley