dsc 2005 Awards 12 – North American Rookie of the
Again a cluster of equal second place contenders
Two non drivers make the cut – BK Motorsport’s
Courage Mazda effort and Kevin Buckler’s Grand Am Pontiac
Another non rookie somehow makes the cut here, Marino
Franchitti getting a mention for his efforts aboard Spyker and Panoz
Young guns at both ends of the grid are here too
– Hayanari Shimoda’s searing pace in the guesting Zytek
and Wolf Henzler’s efforts aboard the BAM! Porsche are both
mentioned in dsc dispatches.
The winner though stepped up to a near full season
in prototypes and gained speed and confidence seemingly every time
she took to the track.
Brave too: when
the Intersport Lola self-combusted at Road America she bailed out,
but saw the car rolling back towards the track. Putting the safety
of her fellow racers before her own she managed to stop the car
by pushing against the rear wing, despite a growing fire.
dailysportscar.com Rookie of the Year 2005
for North America is Liz Halliday.
“Great progress all year and that ridiculously
brave moment at Road America seals it even further” –
“Our very own Danica, Vanina and Lilian”
– Janos Wimpffen
“Liz made Clint Field’s LMP2 win possible
holding ‘best of the rest’ in race after race”
– Tom Kjos.