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Monday, July 10, 2006 LAKEVILLE, Conn. – A.J. Allmendinger did it again. The two-time winner and championship runner-up in the Skip Barber National (2001) and 2002 Skip Barber Pro Series champion won his third race in a row in the Champ Car World Series this past weekend at Toronto. The last time an American driver went to V.C in three straight Champ Car races was 12 years ago. Al Unser, Jr., in fact, twice won three races in a row in 1994: Long Beach, Indy and Milwaukee early in the year, then Mid-Ohio, NHIS and Vancouver in the second half. At some point Dinger’s magic carpet ride will end – it’s the nature of motorsport – but for now, we’re all enjoying this particular Skip Barber grad’s successes…

And how about School/Race Series/Pro Series grad Juan Pablo Montoya leaving F1 and going to Nextel Cup in 2007? Pretty wild stuff. J.P.M. will be driving for Chip Ganassi (himself a Three Day grad of ours) and his NASCAR team. And don’t be surprised if Montoya ends up at the Indy 500 again to see if he can win it a second time… Oh, and Skippy grad Jeff Gordon won the Chicagoland Speedway event, his second win in the past three Cup races…

In the Champ Car Atlantic series at Toronto, Skip Barber guys packed the top 10, including the winner Robbie Pecorari and second place Jonathan Bomarito. Seventh, eighth, ninth and 10th were also “ours”: Joe D’Agostino, David Martinez, Raphael Matos and Leo Maia, respectively. All those drivers, plus Alan Sciuto, are inside the top-12 in points, with five races remaining…

Rick Roso

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