SBRS: Reno race report

Hill Wins, Rino Falters; 4 Point Lead For Hill With One Race To Go RENO, Nev. (Oct. 19, from Rick Roso) - When polesitter and points leader Rino Mastronardi cut a tire on the edge of Andy Boss’ front wing at the very start of the 30-lap race at...

Hill Wins, Rino Falters; 4 Point Lead For Hill With One Race To Go RENO, Nev. (Oct. 19, from Rick Roso) - When polesitter and points leader Rino Mastronardi cut a tire on the edge of Andy Boss’ front wing at the very start of the 30-lap race at the Reno Grand Prix, his attempt to clinch the 1997 Barber Dodge Pro Series championship went out the window. When his chief protagonist Derek Hill took the lead from Boss on lap six, then went on to win his fourth race of the year, it went from bad to worse. With one race to go, next week at Laguna Seca Raceway, Hill now leads Mastronardi by four championship points. Boss, whose front wing was bent following the contact with Mastronardi, finished second and Norway’s Martin Stenshorne third. Hill’s victory gave him 150 points for the year to Mastronardi’s 146. It’s the first time Hill has led since before season’s mid-point, and $150,000 in title bonuses is up for grabs at Laguna Seca. If Hill wins the championship, it will be Barber Dodge’s first American champion since current CART star Bryan Herta won it in 1991.

Results Sunday of 30-lap SCCA Pro Racing Barber Dodge Pro Series race at the Reno Grand Prix, Reno Hilton street course, 1.27-mile, 11-turn temporary circuit, 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. (2) Derek Hill, Santa Monica, Calif., 53.789 mph, 30 laps, $10,000 2. (3) Andy Boss, Narragansett, R.I., 30, $6,000 3. (4) Martin Stenshorne, Norway, 30, $4,000 4. (8) Nick Rondet, San Diego, 30, $2,500 5. (7) Samer Hindi, Los Angeles, 30, $1,800 6. (6) Victor Gonzalez, Puerto Rico, 30, $1,500 7. (9) Jose Antonio Costa, Peru, 30, $1,300 8. (21) Will Langhorne, Washington, D.C., 30, $1,700 9. (18) Scott Brunk, Frederick, Md., 30, $1,000 10. (15) Eric Tresslar, Denver, 30, $1,000 11. (12) Jarrett Boon, Phoenix, 30, $800 12. (20) Jared O’Malley, Austin, Texas, 30, $700 13. (19) Bill Tichenor, Dallas, 30, $600 14. (17) Charles Willis, Germantown, Tenn., 30, $500 15. (22) Tim Goetze, Mamaronek, N.Y., 30, $500 16. (23) Patsy DiFilippo, Apollo, Pa., 30, $500 17. (10) John McCaig, Canada, 30, $500 18. (1) Rino Mastronardi, Italy, 29, $500 19. (16) Alfonso Ribeiro, Los Angeles, 13 (accident), $500 20. (13) Jon Fogarty, Portola Valley, Calif., 13 (accident), $500 21. (14) Bruno Belt, Portugal, 13 (accident), $500 22. (5) Chris Menninga, Pella, Iowa, 2 (accident), $500 23. (11) Rocky Moran, Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., 0 (accident), $500

Race Length: 30 laps (42 minutes, 29.952 seconds) Winning speed: 53.789 mph Distance: 38.100 miles Margin of Victory: 1.650 seconds Fastest Race Lap: Rino Mastronardi, lap 26, 1:00.663 (75.367 mph) Most Progressive Driver ($500): Will Langhorne, 21st to 8th Lap leaders: Mastronardi, 1-2 (under caution); Boss, 3-5; Hill, 6-30 Caution periods: one, for 8 laps Standings after Round 11 of 12: 1. Derek Hill 150 2. Rino Mastronardi 146 3. Andy Boss 125 4. Nick Rondet 117 5. Chris Menninga 110 6. Rocky Moran, Jr. 84 7. Martin Stenshorne 67 8. Tony Renna 54 8. G.J. Mennen, Jr. 54 10. Will Langhorne 54

Next race: Season finale, Round 12, Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey, Calif., Oct. 26 /EX $$$

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Derek Hill , Bryan Herta , Jon Fogarty , Chris Menninga , Tony Renna , Will Langhorne , G.J. Mennen , Rocky Moran , Jarrett Boon , Rino Mastronardi