SONOMA, Calif. (June 22, 2001)-Lee Fleming, of Lakeforest, Calif., took the win while dominating Round Four of the SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer series at Sears Point Raceway. John Black, of Tahoe City, Calif., and Jim Goughary Jr. of, Palm Beach...
SONOMA, Calif. (June 22, 2001)-Lee Fleming, of Lakeforest, Calif., took the win while dominating Round Four of the SCCA Pro Racing Pro Spec Racer series at Sears Point Raceway. John Black, of Tahoe City, Calif., and Jim Goughary Jr. of, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla., completed the top three.
Piloting the No. 2 Champion Motorsports Spec Racer, Fleming won for the second time in his career, in just eight professional appearances.
Starting from the second starting position, Fleming initially fell back to third position on lap one. But later that same lap, he caught and passed the top-two and held on to lead every lap of the race for a 0.857-second win over Black.
"Jim [Goughary Jr.] had the lead off the bat and I dropped back to third," said Fleming. "In turn 11 I got a great and I mean great run, and was able to overtake the leaders. I thought I was in some trouble nearing the end of the race when I was slowed by lapped traffic. But John [Black] raced me as clean as you can race a guy."
Black, in the No. 17 Ascent Racing Spec Racer, started the day third and gave Fleming a full rearview mirror for all 26 laps. Even though Black failed to get around Fleming, he turned in the fastest race lap, with a 1:27.400 (80.279 mph).
"I was hoping to finish well here since this is, what I consider to be, my home track," said Black. "I thought I was going to be able to get a run on him [Fleming] in turn 10, but the car just didn't respond with the power I needed. That was the only real opportunity I had."
Jim Goughary Jr., No. 29 Ducksmart.com Spec Racer, recorded his second-consecutive top-three finish in a race he started from pole. The podium finish earned him his 15th career top-three finish.
"I think the fact that I have never raced a lap here hurt me on the start," said Goughary Jr. "I knew my time was numbered at the front. We're just happy to come out here to California and get a top-three."
Keith Scharf, of St. Louis, Mo., and Robert Breton, of Biddeford, Maine, completed the top-five. Goughary Jr. now has the Championship point standings lead, 56 to 54 over Warren Stilwell.
The KML Greased Lightning Award of $300 went to No. 0 Chris Funk. Funk started 35th and made a exciting charge through the 38-car field to finish 21st.