2000 was the seventh year for the Sports Car Club of America’s Pro Spec Racer championship.
The car used in the series was the very popular Spec Racer Ford.
This affordable, low maintenance, purpose-built vehicle is the popular category at Sports Car
Club of America club racing events and attracts large fields with close racing.
The Pro Spec Racer championship receives support from BF Goodrich Tires and the Ford Motor Company.
The 2000 season consists of eleven race weekends at ten different venues. Each contest is approximately fifty-miles in length. The year opens in March with a doubleheader at Phoenix International Raceway. Teams travel north of the border for round three at Mosport International Raceway. During the first weekend of June, the series visits the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course as a support event for the Grand-Am series. Next on the calendar is a race at Pikes Peak International Raceway. Following the event in Colorado, teams stop at Hallett Motor Racing Circuit and Memphis Motorsports Park. Pro Spec Racer competitors return to Canada, running an event at Ste. Croix in conjunction with the Speedvision World Challenge championship. Round nine, a month after Ste. Croix is held at Lime Rock Park. The penultimate event is at the end of October at the Las Vegas Motor Speedway. The year ends at the San Diego Grand Prix, which was a mid-season addition to the schedule.
The Spec Racer Ford is a single-seat, open-cockpit tube-frame chassis sports racer manufactured by SCCA Enterprises in Colorado. The cars are identical and powered by a sealed four-cylinder, SOHC, 1.9-liter Ford engine with a five-speed transmission. This combination produces 105-horsepower and a top speed of 135-mph. The suspension uses a rocker arm design (front and rear) with coil-over shocks on each corner and adjustable front and rear sway-bars.
Round three of the 2000 Pro Spec Racer series was held at Mosport International Raceway. Competitors would race for twenty laps around the ten-turn 2.459-mile road course.
|The pole-sitter, Warren Stilwell, leads a pack of thirty drivers into corner one at Mosport International Raceway for round three of the Pro Spec Racer series. Tucking in behind Stilwell is the No. 82 Hunt Racing prepared Spec Racer Ford of the third-fastest qualifier, Keith Scharf. Beside Scharf is the other front row starter, Neil Tibor driving the No. 8 Tibor Marketing and Development Spec Racer Ford.|
|Warren Stilwell, the three-time Pro Spec Racer series champion, had a miserable start to the 2000 season. In the doubleheader at Phoenix International Raceway, he collected fifth and thirtieth place finishes. Stilwell entered round three at Mosport International, thirteenth in the standings. However, he recovered and started from the pole. Stilwell led flag-to-flag and scored his fourth victory in six starts at Mosport.|
|Keith Scharf was another driver that didn’t have a great opening weekend at Phoenix International Raceway and left the event fourteenth in the title chase. Scharf drove the No. 82 Hunt Racing Spec Racer and was the third-fastest during the qualifying session. He moved into second on the first lap of the contest but could not maintain the leader Warren Stilwell’s pace and finished in the runner-up position.|
|Qualifying in the sixth position for round three of the 2000 Pro Spec Racer championship at Mosport International Raceway was John Black. Black drove the No. 17 Ascent Racing Spec Racer Ford. During the twenty-lap contest, he battled his way to the front. Late in the event, Black was in fourth place but passed the second-fastest qualifier, Neil Tibor, to capture third and his first series podium.|
|Neil Tibor is another of the East coast based drivers that made the long trek to Phoenix International Raceway and had very little to show for his efforts. Tibor was fast in qualifying but recorded twenty-first and thirty-seventh place results. At Mosport International Raceway, he used his Formula 2000 experience at this circuit to start in the second position. Unable to hold-off John Black, Tibor finished in fourth-place.|
|Bobby Sak, son of Trans-Am series veteran Don Sak, drove the No. 19 Don Sak Racing Spec Racer Ford. During the qualifying session, Sak set a time that placed him fourth on the grid for the start of the twenty lap contest. During the race, he battled for position with John Black and Neil Tibor. At the checkered flag, Sak lost a place to Black and finished fourth.|
|FINISH||START||DRIVER||SPONSOR / CAR||LAPS||RETIREMENTS|
|1||1||Warren Stilwell||Stilwell Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|2||3||Keith Scharf||Hunt Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|3||6||John Black||Ascent Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|4||2||Neil Tibor||Tibor Marketing & Development / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|5||4||Bobby Sak||Don Sak Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|6||5||Steve Rehkemper||John Bowden Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|7||14||Jim Goughary Jr.||DUCKSMART.COM / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|8||7||James Baxter||Baxter Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|9||11||Chris Funk||Hunt Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|10||8||Paul Macey||MidWest Spec Racer / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|11||13||Kelly Toombs||Toombs Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|12||16||Mark Eaton||Robinson Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|13||15||Jeff Tillman||TDR Mid-West Coatings Inc. / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|14||19||John Bowden||JB Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|15||25||L.J. Shumosic||Shumosic Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|16||10||Steve Djelebain||Key Motorsports / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|17||12||Paul deAlva||LaRue Motorsports / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|18||17||Clint Lindburg II||Team Duke Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|19||22||Charlie Sheaus||Sheaus Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|20||18||Doug Farrar||Farrar Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|21||26||Johnny Meriggi||Great Expectations / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|22||23||Carl Harris||Four Seasons Radiator / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|23||24||Ralph Mayfield||RPM Autosports / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|24||27||Doug Garrison||Garrison Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|25||20||Dr. Jim Baxter||Baxter Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|26||21||Richard Doty||Fast Cat Racing / Spec Racer Ford||20||-|
|27||9||Seainn Hendricsen||H-Square Racing / Spec Racer Ford||16||Mechanical|
|28||30||Andy Bentinck-Smith||LaRue Motorsports / Spec Racer Ford||13||Not Running|
|29||28||Darren Pritt||Hastseltsi Racing / Spec Racer Ford||1||Electrical|
|30||29||R.B. Thompson||Thompson Racing / Spec Racer Ford||1||Not Running|
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