SBRS: Two left in the Championsship hunt at Road Atlanta

And then there are two, two races left in the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series, and two drivers left with a chance to capture the series title and the $300,000 Career Enhancement Award. Round 11 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series gets underway Wednesday,...

And then there are two, two races left in the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series, and two drivers left with a chance to capture the series title and the $300,000 Career Enhancement Award. Round 11 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series gets underway Wednesday, Sept. 27 at the Road Atlanta Motor Sports Center supporting Petit Le Mans presented by Audi. The two drivers left to fight it out are American 25-year old Jon Fogarty and Brazilian 19-year old Nilton Rossoni.

Fogarty currently enjoys a six point advantage over Rossoni; however, the Brazilian in reality has the upper hand as a driver's ten best finishes count toward the final tally. One of the myriad of scenarios that it creates is that Rossoni could clinch the title in Atlanta by virtue of a win coupled with Fogarty finishing fifth or lower. Any other result would force a showdown at the Homestead-Miami Speedway one week later. As Fogarty has finished in the top-5 eight of the ten races run thus far, a Rossoni clinch would seem unlikely.

Rossoni is coming off a victory at the last round at Laguna Seca Raceway where he was closely followed by Fogarty to the checkered flag. Fogarty has been the most consistent finisher of the two, as a sixth and ninth-place showing are his worst performances on the year compared with a 13th and 16th for the Brazilian. Rossoni has five wins in his account to Fogarty's three.

Petit Le Mans will be the second time that the Barber Dodge Pro Series has raced with the American Le Mans Series in 2000, the first time being the season opener for both series at the Exxon Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring. Rossoni was the winner on that occasion with Fogarty finishing third. Final qualifying will take place at 8:00 a.m. on Friday Sept. 29 with the race taking the green flag on Saturday at 9:30 a.m. Round 11 of the Barber Dodge Pro Series will be televised on Oct. 20 at 6:00 p.m. Eastern on ESPN2.

- George Tamayo

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Jon Fogarty , Nilton Rossoni