CONTE SCORES PODIUM FINISH IN SEBRING 12-HOUR
Mike Conte, for whom Lynx Racing will field a car in the 1999 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, has scored a podium finish in the Superflow 12 Hours of Sebring driving a GT class Porsche 3.8 RSR entered under his own Contemporary Motorsports banner.
Conte's co-drivers in the effort were Bruno Lambert and Nick Holt, with car preparation handled by Dennis Aase's Aasco Performance.
"Sebring is a legendary race with an international cast of top drivers, and to finish on the podium is a real accomplishment for the entire team," says Conte. "To be running with two top teams this season, Lynx and Contemporary Motorsports, is the dream of a lifetime. I'm tired, but at the same time I'm eager for the next race."
Conte's Contemporary Motorsports team made its debut at the 12 Hours of Sebring. Conte will run the car at Sebring, Petit LeMans and Laguna Seca while Bruno Lambert will campaign the entire ALMS season.
In one of those curious twists motorsports seems so full of, Conte's co-driver in the Porsche effort, Bruno Lambert, is also driving for Kent Stacy's S3 Racing in the Star Formula Mazda Championship, the same team that fields Lynx Racing driver Sara Senske's #19 Formula Mazda. Senske finished sixth in the Star Mazda season-opener at Sebring.
Taking it one step further, car preparer Dennis Aase was a driver (along with Chris Cord and Willy T. Ribbs) for Dan Gurney's championship-winning team of IMSA GTU/GTO Toyota Celicas. PR for that effort was handled by Peter Frey, who now has the same duties at Lynx Racing. In addition, Lynx Racing's 1997 Atlantic champion, Alex Barron, now drives for Gurney's All-American Racers in the CART FedEX Championship.
The television schedule for the 12 Hours of Sebring is as follows:
March 20 ESPN 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Live race start March 20 ESPN2 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Live race in progress March 20 ESPN2 10:00 p.m. to 10L30 p.m. Live race finish March 27 ESPN2 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Taped highlight show