Team owner Larry Blair congratulates driver Alex Barron on victory. (LAT archive)
Barron's Dallara-Chevy passes Raul Boesel en route to victory.
10 years ago today, Alex Barron scored a victory for the "little guys" by claiming his first Indy car win in the Indy Racing League's Firestone Indy 200 with Larry Blair's team. It marked the end of a long road for Barron, who had struggled to break into the top levels of open-wheel racing for years after starring in the Toyota Atlantic Championship in 1997.
After running in CART from 1998-2001, Barron switched to the IRL with Blair's team for 2002 and was immediately competitive, but his breakthrough came in the all-oval series' ninth round at Nashville Speedway. After starting fifth, he ran among up front all day, and passed leader Scott Sharp on a restart nine laps from the finish. Barron then held off some of the series' fiercest competition – Penske Racing's Gil de Ferran and Panther Racing's Sam Hornish Jr. – over the remaining laps of the 1.33-mile concrete oval to seal the win.
Barron moved from Blair's team to Mo Nunn Racing in 2003 scoring another IRL victory at Michigan, his last win to date.