Win at Barber, Win the DP Title?

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – You might call it a coincidence, but seven of the eight Daytona Prototype champions – including the last six – have also won that year’s running of the Porsche 250 at Barber Motorsports Park.

Winning the Porsche 250 and the DP title have gone hand-in-hand since 2003, the same year for both the debut of GRAND-AM’s premier class and the first GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Cask No. 16 race at Barber Motorsports Park.

Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas doubled up in both 2010 and 2008, while Alex Gurney and Jon Fogarty were Barber winners and DP champions in 2009 and 2007. Max Angelelli and Wayne Taylor scored the double in 2005. Jorg Bergmeister was solo DP champ in 2006, winning at Barber with Colin Braun, while Terry Borcheller was the inaugural DP champ in 2003, winning the debut professional race at the Birmingham, Ala., road circuit with Forest Barber.

The only exceptions to this trend were 2004 Barber winners Butch Leitzinger and Elliott Forbes-Robinson, who went on to finish seventh in the final standings. Eventual champs Max Papis and Pruett finished third in that year’s Porsche 250.

That trend does not carry over to GT, although Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato doubled up as Porsche 250 winners and GT champions in 2010. However, that was only the third time that happened in GT. Andy Lally and Marc Bunting won at Barber and the GT title in 2006, while Bill Auberlen doubled up in 2004. Lally and Bunting also won the SGS class at the Barber 250 and the SGS championship in 2004.

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