LANCASTER, N.Y. -- 2001 IHRA Pro Modified Champion, Mike Janis, continues his dream season by making the ballot of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association 2001 Auto Racing All-America team. Janis is a nominee in the "AT LARGE" category. No Pro Modified Driver has ever won a spot on the Auto Racing All-America team. Janis could be the first.
With a record tying five national event victories, seven "pole positions", the quickest IHRA Pro Mod ET in history (6.11 seconds), and the 2001 IHRA Pro Mod World Title, Janis earned the right to be mentioned with some of Motorsports top drivers. "Just to have your name mentioned in the same place as drivers like Jeff Gordon, John Force, Kenny Bernstein, Buddy Lazier, and the others on the list, as well as the past winners is a great honor", said Mike Janis the 2001 IHRA Pro Modified Champion.
The 12-driver 2001 Auto Racing All-America team is voted on by the members of the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association. Two from each category will be named to the first team, to be honored at the annual AARWBA banquet in January. The winner of the Jerry Titus Award will also be announced at the banquet. The Titus Award honors driver earning the most votes in the balloting regardless of category. The balloting will also determine a second team of the drivers placing third and fourth in each category, and honorable mentions to all other drivers receiving at least 5 percent of the vote. AARWBA members have annually chosen an All-America Auto Racing Team since 1970. The banquet is open to the public. Ticket information is available from AARWBA, 922 N. Pass Ave., Burbank, Calif. 91505, or call (818) 842-7005.
The following drivers are on the 2001 All-America ballot (0/0/0 indicates previous times elected to first team/second team/honorable mention):
OPEN WHEEL RACING Kenny Brack (1/1/0) - CART runner-up, won four races Helio Castroneves (0/0/0) - Indy 500 winner, four CART wins, fourth in points Gil de Ferran (1/1/0) - CART champion, two wins Sam Hornish (0/0/0) - IRL champion, three wins Buddy Lazier (2/0/1) - IRL runner-up, four wins Scott Sharp (2/1/0) - Third in IRL points, one win STOCK CAR Dale Earnhardt Jr. (2/0/0) - Seventh in Winston Cup three wins Jeff Gordon (7/1/0) - Won his fourth Winston Cup championship and six races Kevin Harvick (0/0/0) - Winston Cup top rookie (2 wins), Busch champ (5 wins) Dale Jarrett (2/3/0) - Fifth in Winston Cup, four wins Ricky Rudd (0/0/1) - Third in Winston Cup, two wins Tony Stewart (5/0/0) - Second in Winston Cup, three wins ROAD RACING Chris Bingham (0/0/0) - Grand-Am GTS champion, seven wins Terry Borcheller (0/0/0) - American Le Mans GTS champ, 3rd in Grand-Am GT, Paul Gentilozzi (2/1/0) - Won his third Trans-Am Championship and four races Larry Oberto (0/0/0) - FIA Sportscar Class 2 Champion, four wins Emmanuele Pirro (0/0/0) - American LeMans P900 Champion, three wins; won Le Mans James Weaver (0/0/4) - Grand-Am Prototype Champion, six wins DRAG RACING Kenny Bernstein (6/1/3) - Won his second NHRA Top Fuel championship, eight wins Larry Dixon (0/1/0) - NHRA Top Fuel runner-up, six wins John Force (9/1/0) - Won 11th NHRA Funny Car title, six wins boost record to 98 Warren Johnson (0/5/1) - Sixth NHRA Pro Stock championship, six wins Clay Millican (0/0/0) - IHRA Top Fuel champ, 6 straight wins broke Garlits' mark Gene Wilson (0/0/0) - IHRA Pro Stock champion, eight wins SHORT TRACK Dave Darland (0/0/1) - USAC Midget champ, five wins; fourth in USAC Sprints Brandan Gaughan (0/0/0) - NASCAR Winston West champion, six wins Frank Kimmel (0/0/2) - Won third ARCA championship, 10 wins Danny Lasoski (0/0/0) - World of Outlaws champion, nine feature wins Johnny Sauter (0/0/0) - ASA champion and rookie of the year, 10 wins Jack Sprague (0/2/0) - NASCAR Craftsman Truck champion, four wins AT LARGE Townsend Bell (0/0/0) - CART Indy Lights champion, six wins Doug Goad (0/0/0) - Champion in two different Grand-Am series, 13 wins Mike Janis (0/0/0) - IHRA Pro Modified champion, five wins Rob MacCachren (0/0/0) - Could win four off-road championships, 20 wins so far Hoover Orsi (0/0/0) - CART Atlantic champion, five wins Scott Taylor (0/0/0) - CORR Pro-2 off-road champ, seven wins
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