Racing Results: 10/27/2003

October 26, 2003


• 2003 Formula 1 World Drivers Champion – Michael Schumacher (6X; Schumacher has surpassed Juan Manuel Fangio in F1 World Drivers Championships)

• 2003 Formula 1 Manufacturers Champion – Ferrari


10/26 Bass Pro Shops MBNA 500, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA (1.54-mi. oval; – 39 laps completed – RAIN DELAY UNTIL 10/27) – RESULTS NEXT WEEK.

Next race: 11/02 Checker Auto Parts 500, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ (1.0-mi. oval; 3:00 p.m. ET; NBC)


10/25 Aaron’s 312, Atlanta Motor Speedway, Hampton, GA (1.54-mi. oval; 203 laps)

Greg Biffle’s #7 Kleenex/Winn-Dixie Chevrolet Monte Carlo passed Michael Waltrip in the #99 Aaron’s/The Cat In The Hat Chevrolet for the lead with ten laps left to win the Aaron’s 312, his second victory in the past three Busch Series races. Biffle, whose crew changed a flat tire on the starting grid, became the first Busch driver to win from the pole at Atlanta since Jeff Gordon in the inaugural race in 1992. David Green, in the #37 Timber Wolf Pontiac, finished eighth and took the points lead from Brian Vickers, who fell off the pace after an early spin and finished 14 laps down in 31st in the #5 GMAC/Hendrick Motorsports Chevrolet. Green leads Scott Riggs’ #10 Nestle Nesquik/ppc Racing Ford by 13 points; Vickers is 49 behind in fifth. Matt Kenseth, in the #17 Express Personnel Services Ford Taurus, trailed Biffle by 0.961 seconds, about ten car lengths, and Bobby Hamilton Jr.’s #25 U.S. Marines Ford was third. Michael Waltrip and Hank Parker Jr. in the #8 Bass Pro Shops/Remington Chevrolet rounded out the top five.

Next race: 11/01 Bashas’ Supermarkets 200, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ (1.0-mi. oval; 3:00 p.m. ET; TNT)


Next Race: 10/31 Chevy Silverado 150, Phoenix International Raceway, Avondale, AZ (1.0-mi. oval; 5:30 p.m. ET; SPEED)

• 2003 NASCAR Busch Series Manufacturers Champion – Dodge (2X)


10/26 ACDelco Las Vegas NHRA Nationals, The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV

Tony Pedregon ended team owner John Force’s string of ten consecutive Funny Car championships with a final-round win over Whit Bazemore to clinch the series title and take event win at the same time. Top Fuel legend Kenny Bernstein won his third race in the last four events, pushing his career mark to 68 wins, while 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock champion Greg Anderson tied the single season record for victories in a season with his 11th of the year.

TOP FUEL: The two hottest Top Fuel drivers lined up in the finals with Bernstein taking the win over Tony Schumacher's U.S. Army rail by a 4.545 to 5.436-second advantage. Coming into this event, Schumacher had won three of the last five events, with Bernstein winning the other two, including the last stop in Dallas. Coming into the final, Schumacher appeared to have the edge, but his car hazed the tires just past half-track, allowing Bernstein to drive away for the victory, his 38th Top Fuel win.

FUNNY CAR: The Funny Car final was a race worthy of the POWERade championship with the last two men in the running for the title battling all the way down the strip. Like the Top Fuel finale, the Funny Car trophy round started with both cars even until about when both began to spin their tires. It was a pedaling contest from that point and Pedregon’s Castrol Syntec/John Force Racing Ford Mustang did just enough to take a 0.03-second win. The final numbers showed Pedregon winning with a 5.135, 272.39 to Bazemore’s 5.183, 266.64 in the Matco Tools/Schumacher Racing Dodge Stratus R/T. Adding to the drama, Pedregon was assessed an oildown violation but since it was just his second of the year there was no deduction in points.

PRO STOCK: With Kurt Johnson’s large starting-line advantage — 0.035 to .069 seconds — Pro Stock winner Anderson managed to overtake him to win his 11th race of the year. Anderson’s 6.837, 201.73 in the Vegas General Construction Pontiac Grand Am gave him a 0.007-second margin of victory over K.J.’s ACDelco Chevy Cavalier’s 6.878, 200.56 mph, improving Anderson’s final-round record against Johnson to 5-0 on the season. Anderson now owns the single-season elimination round record for Pro Stock with 63 round wins, eclipsing Jeg Coughlin’s mark of 62 set in ’00. He also tied the class record for most final rounds in a season at 14 with Coughlin and Darrell Alderman. Anderson is also tied with Alderman for most Pro Stock victories in a single season with 11.

Next race: 11/9 Automobile Club of Southern California NHRA Finals, L.A. County Fairplex, Pomona, CA (10:00 p.m. ET; ESPN2)

• 2003 NHRA POWERade Top Fuel Champion – Larry Dixon

• 2003 NHRA POWERade Pro Stock Champion – Greg Anderson


10/25 Lone Star Classic, Houston Raceway Park, Baytown, TX – RACE CANCELLED DUE TO INCLEMENT WEATHER. Steve Kinser, the defending series champion opened a 153-point advantage over Danny Lasoski Friday by winning the “A” Feature at Lone Star Speedway. Lasoski, who won the 2001 series championship, can’t catch “The King of the Outlaws” in the point standings in the season finale at The Dirt Track at Las Vegas Motor Speedway event even if he wins both feature races and Kinser receives show-up points.

• 2003 O’Reilly World of Outlaws Series Champion: Steve Kinser (18X)

Next race: 11/1 Season Finale Feature, The Dirt Track @ Las Vegas Motor Speedway, Las Vegas, NV



• 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Drivers Champion – Scott Dixon, Team Target Chip Ganassi Racing

• 2003 IRL IndyCar Series Manufacturers Champion – Toyota

Next race: 2/29/04 Toyota Indy 300, Homestead-Miami Speedway, Homestead, FL (1.5-mi. oval; 200 laps; 300-mi. race distance; broadcast time TBA; ESPN)


10/26 Lexmark Indy 300, Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia (2.795-mi. street course; 1:49:02.803 race time; RAIN SHORTENED TO 47 OF 65 SCHEDULED LAPS)

Bruno Junqueira’s #1 PacifiCare/Newman-Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola and Paul Tracy in the #3 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone were the only drivers remaining in the title hunt with two races left this season. However, a pair of rookies, Ryan Hunter-Reay in the #31 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, and Darren Manning in the #15 RAC/Walker Racing Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, had aspirations of their own, leading the field across the finish line for the first time in 20 years. What’s more, three Reynards swept the podium for the first time in two seasons, and the CART championship went to Tracy despite a pair of on-track incidents. Neither of the title contenders finished in the points, and the race was plagued by heavy rains, leading to a mid-race stoppage that shortened the event. Tracy looked like his title chase would be continued to next week’s finale in Fontana after just one lap when he and pole-sitter Sebastien Bourdais in the #2 Lilly/McDonald’s Newman-Haas Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola tangled, sending Tracy into a spin and to the rear of the field as the yellow flag waved for Tracy as well as for an incident later with Oriol Servia’s #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Ford-Cosworth/Lola. Tracy took the restart in 18th while Junqueira built a three-second lead, but the points leader began to march through the field until his progress came to a halt on Lap 14 when the rain began. Delaying the race for nearly 30 minutes before getting a restart, Tracy was seventh while Junqueira led. Then Roberto Moreno’s #4 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola spun, triggering a five-car accident. Alex Tagliani’s #33 Johnson Controls Ford-Cosworth/Lola wedged Tracy in between his car and Darren Manning’s. Tracy pulled his car off of Manning’s but rolled onto Tagliani’s in the process, causing damage to his right rear suspension. The damage took three laps to fix, giving Junqueira hope in carrying the title fight to Fontana. Hunter-Reay, Manning and Jimmy Vasser in the #12 American Spirit Ford-Cosworth/Reynard, pitted on Lap 30, which ended up being a great call when the yellow flag flew on Lap 31. Everyone else would pit on Lap 32, but would emerge behind the trio of Reynards, with Hunter-Reay and Vasser leading the way ahead of Manning. The caution stayed out when Mario Dominguez’s #55 Herdez Ford-Cosworth/Lola lost a wheel, but the green flag flew on Lap 34 with the Reynards in front and Junqueira in seventh, holding the last spot that would keep Tracy from claiming the championship here. Junqueira’s title aspirations vanished three laps later when he spun while being pressured by Tracy’s teammate Patrick Carpentier in the #32 Indeck Ford-Cosworth/Lola. The crash led to only his second DNF — but it was the costliest DNF of the year as the title was immediately ceded to Tracy. The race was still up for grabs as Manning made quick work of Vasser to claim second, but could not close on Hunter-Reay, who took his first-ever Champ Car win by a margin of 1.546 seconds. Manning would hold on for second while Vasser rounded out the podium, marking the first 1-2-3 Reynard finish of the 2003 season. Jourdain would come home 4th while Carpentier claimed fifth.

Next race: 11/2 King Taco 500, California Speedway, Fontana, CA (2.0-mi. oval; 3:00 p.m. ET; SPEED live)

• 2003 CART Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year – Sebastien Bordais, Newman-Haas Racing



• 2003 American Le Mans Series LMP 900 Team Champion: Frank Biela & Marco Werner, Infineon Team Joest

• 2003 American Le Mans Series LMP 900 Manufacturers Champion: Audi

• 2003 American Le Mans Series LMP 675 Team Champion: Chris Dyson

• 2003 American Le Mans Series LMP 675 Manufacturers Champion: Lola

• 2003 American Le Mans Series GTS Team Champion: Ron Fellows & Johnny O’Connell, Team Corvette

• 2003 American Le Mans Series GTS Class Manufacturers Champion: Chevrolet

• 2003 American Le Mans Series GT Team Champion: Lucas Luhr & Sascha Maassen

• 2003 American Le Mans Series GT Class Manufacturers Champion: Porsche

Next race: 3/19-20/2004 Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, FL


10/26 Puerto Rico Grand Prix, Isla Grande Airport. San Juan, Puerto Rico (temporary circuit; 1:15:45 race time; 69.667 mph avg. speed; 55 laps)

Puerto Rican racing legend Wally Castro, driving the #3 Puerto Rico Lottery Jaguar XKR, came from behind after a mid-race pit stop, took the lead from Bobby Sak on a late restart, and led the final four laps for his first Trans-Am victory in just his second start. Sak finished second in the #10 Revolution Motorsports Chevrolet Corvette, ahead of Tomy Drissi, who posted his first podium finish this year in the #5 Stuck on You Jaguar XKR. Dominican rookie driver Luis Mendez was fourth in the # 03 Manen Racing. Banservas.Dom.Rep Chevrolet Camaro, and Bob Ruman turned in his best effort this season, a fifth in the # 23 McNichols/Cenweld Chevrolet Corvette. Jorge Diaz, Jr., who finished 12th in the #8 Don Q Rum Jaguar XKR, clinched the Rookie of the Year title. With his 29th career pole here, Scott Pruett in the #7 Motorock/Jaguar R Performance XKR took sole possession of second on the all-time Trans-Am pole list. Pruett came into this race tied for second with team owner Paul Gentilozzi with 28 poles.

• 2003 Motorock Trans-Am Tour for the BFGoodrich Tires Cup Drivers Champion – Scott Pruett (3X)



• 2003 IHRA Top Fuel Champion: Clay Millican, Werner Enterprises Dragster (3X)

• 2003 IHRA Pro Mod Champion: Mitch Stott, Radiac Abrasives ’63 Chevrolet Corvette • 2003 IHRA Funny Car Champion: Rob Atchison, Erickson Pontiac Firebird

• 2003 IHRA Pro Stock Champion: Brian Gahm, Gahm’s Car-Truck Parts Mustang

Next race: 3/28/2004 Amalie Oil Texas Nationals presented by Ancira, Cars, Trucks and RVs, San Antonio Raceway, San Antonio, Texas



• 2003 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series Champion: Kevin Cywinski, #1 Greased Lightning Orange Blast/SK Hand Tool Country Joe Racing Chevrolet (2X)

• 2003 ASA ACDelco Challenge Series Rookie of the Year : Reed Sorenson, #29 ACDelco/Port City Racing/Tilton Engineering Chevrolet



• 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series Drivers Champion – Frank Kimmel (5X)

• 2003 ARCA RE/MAX Series Rookie of the Year – Bill Eversole

Next race: 2/7/2004 ARCA 200, Daytona Int’l Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (2.5-mi. tri-oval; air time to be announced; SPEED)


Next race: 10/31 Daytona Finale, Daytona International Speedway, Daytona Beach, FL (300 mi./3-hr. timed event)


10/26 Mazda NHRA Sport Compact World Finals presented by Toyo Tires, Pomona Raceway, L.A. County Fairplex, Pomona, CA

George Ioannou’s StreetGlow/Bullish Racing Toyota Solara (Pro RWD), Marty Ladwig (Hot Rod) and Scott Mohler (All Motor) raced to NHRA championships, while Leslie Durst made NHRA sport compact history en route to her third victory of the season. Lisa Kubo (Pro FWD), Hiroshi Shiobara (Pro RWD), Vinny Ten (Modified) and Marty Ladwig (Hot Rod) also won their respective categories at the final of ten events in the NHRA Summit Sport Compact Drag Racing Series. Durst clocked the first nine-second All Motor performance in NHRA sport compact history in the second round of eliminations when she blasted her Horizon motorsports Honda CRX to a 9.934, 134.99. Durst, who qualified No. 1 for the fifth consecutive event, claimed the win when she beat Jack Sacchette. Durst ran an 11.088, 93.35, earning the victory when Sacchette fouled at the start. Her 9.934-second run set the All Motor category E.T. record. Lisa Kubo won her first career NHRA Pro FWD victory, and first NHRA win in more than two years. Kubo, who backed-up her 8.046-second performance from qualifying with a run of 8.087 seconds in the first round of eliminations to establish the category E.T. record, drove her APC Saturn Ion Quad Coupe to a run of 8.701,161.43 to defeat category champ Nelson Hoyos’ 9.509, 146.22 in his Bothwell Motorsports Chevy Cavalier. Hoyos advanced to the Pro FWD final at all ten races this season. Shiobara earned his first victory in two years when he beat Stephan Papadakis in the Pro RWD final. Papadakis had a considerable lead, but was disqualified after crossing the centerline in his AEM/Driver FX Honda Civic. Shiobara recorded a run of 9.117, 116.57 in his Nissan 300ZX to take the victory. Vinny Ten used a consistent seven-second tune-up in his Vinny Ten Racing Toyota Supra to win his second consecutive race, defeating Ray Lochhead in the Modified final. Ten ran a 7.725, 178.46 to take the win over Lochhead, who suffered mechanical problems in his SR Motorsports Mazda RX-7 and broke. Marty Ladwig capped his championship season by winning his fourth race of the year, driving his Bothwell Motorsports Pontiac Sunfire to an 8.899, 162.19 to defeat Mike Crawford’s Mopar SRT-4 in the third all-domestic final round of the season. Crawford’s Dodge experienced mechanical troubles and shut off near half-track.



• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion: Ara Arslanian, Street Glow/Bullish Racing Toyota Supra

• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion, Pro Outlaw RWD: Brent Rau, ACT/Osofast Racing Mitsubishi Eclipse

• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion, Pro Street Tire: Paul Efantis

• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion, Pro Stock Erick Aguliar

• 2003 NDRA Xbox Cup Champion, Pro Outlaw FWD: Steven Thompson


Next race: 11/22-23 IDRC International Finals, Los Angeles County Raceway, Palmdale, CA


Next race: 11/2 Hooters ProCup 250, Peach State Speedway, Jefferson, GA (delayed broadcast – 11/5; 10:00 p.m. ET; SPEED)


10/26 Rallye Catalunya – Rallye de Espana (971.75 km race distance, 397.40 km on 16 spl. stages)

After two days of sunshine the rain finally arrived at Rally Catalunya. Overnight leader Sebastien Loeb in a Citroen Xsara looked to have everything under control, going into the final stage with a 31-second advantage over Gilles Panizzi’s Marlboro Peugeot 206 WRC, who had battled back throughout today, making up the time he dropped to Ford’s Markko Martin towards the end of leg two. With only 10.3 seconds over Martin, Panizzi had to push hard through the last stage, setting fastest time. He’d managed that, but there was more to come. Loeb’s tires weren’t working through the final test and the Frenchmen swapped places. Panizzi took Peugeot’s first win since Rally Argentina by 13.0 seconds. Loeb was second, with Martin third. The chase for this year’s FIA World Rally Championship looks difficult as ever to call. Sebastian Loeb leads the standings, although he and Carlos Sainz are tied on points, but the Xsara driver gets the nod, having won more rallies than his Spanish rival. Petter Solberg, in a Subaru 555 World Rally Team Impreza WRC2003, who recovered from a 50-second penalty on the first day to take fifth at the Lloret deMar-based event is third with long-time series leader Richard Burns, in a Peugeot 206 WRC, dropping to fourth, six points off the top after crashing out of the event this morning.

Next race: 11/9 Wales Rally, Great Britain


Next race: 11/23 Tecate SCORE Baja 1000, Ensenada, BC Mexico



• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-4 Champion – Carl Renezeder

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-2 Champion – Scott Taylor

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Pro-Lite Champion – Jeff Kincaid

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-4 Champion – Ford

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-2 Champion – Chevrolet

• 2003 CORR Lucas Oil Series Manufacturers Pro-Lite Champion – Toyota


Next race: 12/7 Las Vegas 200, Las Vegas, NV


Next race: 11/8 Western Desert Championship, Henderson, NV



• 2003 BTCC Drivers’ Champion – Yvan Muller

• 2003 BTCC Manufacturers Champion – Vauxhall

• 2003 BTCC Hilton Independents Cup Champion – Rob Collard

Next race: 4/10-11, 2004, Rounds 1&2, Thruxton

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