HORNISH JR. EARNS FIRST ATLANTIC VICTORY AT INAUGURAL TARGET GRAND PRIX WEEKEND
CICERO, Ill. - Rookie Sam Hornish, Jr., of Defiance, Ohio, scored his first KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship victory Saturday at the Chicago Motor Speedway. Hornish, Jr., started second, fell to fourth on the opening lap, then steadily moved back up, passing polesitter Andrew Bordin for the lead on lap 47 of the 60-lap contest, eventually winning by 7.08 seconds. Points leader Anthony Lazzaro, of Acworth, Ga., finished second, increasing his lead over third-place finisher Kenny Wilden, of Woodbridge, Ont., Canada, by a 40-point margin with three races left. The KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship continues Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Molson Indy Vancouver, in Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
CICERO, Ill. - Results Saturday of the 60-lap KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Chicago Motor Speedway, with finishing position, qualifying position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps completed, and reason out, if any:
1. (2), Sam Hornish, Jr., Defiance, Ohio, Swift 008.a, 60. 2. (3), Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Swift 008.a, 60. 3. (5), Kenny Wilden, Burlington, Ont., Canada, Swift 008.a, 60. 4. (10), Lee Bentham, Newmarket, Ont,, Canada, Swift 008.a, 60. 5. (7), Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Swift 008.a, 60. 6. (1), Andrew Bordin, Woodbridge, Ont., Canada, Swift 008.a, 60. 7. (4), Rocky Moran_Jr, Coto de Caza, Calif., Swift 008.a, 60. 8. (9), Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Canada, Swift 008.a, 60. 9. (13), David Rutledge, W. Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Swift 008.a, 59. 10. (12), Cam Binder, Calgary, Alta., Canada, Swift 008.a, 59. 11. (8), Masaoki Nagashima, Tokyo, Japan, Swift 008.a, 59. 12. (15), Mike Conte, Seattle, Wash., Swift 008.a, 59. 13. (6), Alex Gurney, Newport Beach, Calif., Swift 008.a, 57. 14. (14), Matt Sielsky, Northbrook, Ill., Swift 008.a, 40, suspension. 15. (11), Bob Perona, Denver, Colo., Swift 008.a, 19, contact. 16. (17), Tom Wieringa, Oak Brook, Ill., Swift 008.a, 2, suspension. 17. (16), Jean-Francois Veilleux, Boucherville, Que., Canada, Swift 008.a, 2, suspension.
Race Statistics: Margin of victory: 7.0799 sec. Time of race: 32:37.958. Winner's speed: 113.518 mph. Fastest race lap: Hornish, Jr., :26.607/139.226 mph. Lap leaders: Bordin, 1-46; Hornish, 47-60. Cautions: 3 for 13 laps. Point leaders (after 9 of 12 races): Lazzaro, 150; Kenny Wilden, 110; Tagliani, 105; Rice, 84; Bordin, 73; Bentham, 61; Rutledge, 53; Hornish, Jr., 53; Rondet, 40; Veilleux, 36. Next race: Sunday, Sept. 5, at the Molson Indy Vancouver.