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WILDEN CAPTURES FIRST ATLANTIC VICTORY AT CLEVELAND CLEVELAND, Ohio - Canadian Kenny Wilden recorded his first series victory at Saturday's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland. ...

WILDEN CAPTURES FIRST ATLANTIC VICTORY AT CLEVELAND

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Canadian Kenny Wilden recorded his first series victory at Saturday's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland.

Wilden, of Burlington, Ont., moved from third to the lead on lap 17 when Memo Gidley and Anthony Lazzaro made contact, fighting for the lead. The incident left Gidley, who started on the pole and led the first 15 laps, with a broken car and slowed Lazzaro enough for Wilden to pass. Wilden held off Lazzaro to win by 2.527 seconds.

Lazzaro, of Acworth, Ga., finished second while Buddy Rice, of Phoenix, Ariz., was third. Gidley, of Novato, Calif., finished 26th and out of the points, but still leads the championship with 76 points.

The KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship continues Saturday, July 18, at the Molson Indy Toronto.

CLEVELAND, Ohio - Results Saturday of the 22-lap, 46.332-mile KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship at Burke Lakefront Airport, with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps, and reason out, if any. 1. (4), Kenny Wilden, Burlington, Ont., Swift 008.a, 22. 2. (3), Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Swift 008.a, 22. 3. (7), Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Swift 008.a, 22. 4. (17), Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Swift 008.a, 22. 5. (2), Lee Bentham, Richmond Hill, Ont.,Swift 008.a, 22. 6. (6), Case Montgomery, Salinas, Calif., Swift 008.a, 22. 7. (10), David Pook, Long Beach, Calif., Swift 008.a, 22. 8. (5), Masaoki Nagashima, Japan, Swift 008.a, 22. 9. (13), Derek Hill, Costa Mesa, Calif., Swift 008.a, 22. 10. (20), Matt Sielsky, Northbrook, Ill., Swift 008.a, 22. 11. (19), Eric Lang, New York, N.Y., Ralt RT-41, 22. 12. (24), Ted Sahley, Cleveland, Ohio, Swift 008.a, 22. 13. (25), Michael Conte, Seattle, Wash., Swift 008.a, 22. 14. (11), David Rutledge, West Vancouver, B.C., Swift 008.a, 22. 15. (14), Bob Thomas, Clarskton, Mich., Ralt RT-41, 22. 16. (8), Rob MacDonald, Keswick, Ont., Swift 008.a, 22. 17. (22), John Brooks, Tucson, Ariz., Ralt RT-40, 21, contact. 18. (16), Ian Bland, Australia,Ralt RT-40, 21, Contact. 19. (21), Michael David, Corona, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 21. 20. (29), Sergei Szortyka, Sinking Spring, Pa., Ralt RT-41, 21. 21. (28), Bob Siska, San Francisco, Calif., Ralt RT-40, 21. 22. (27), Zak Brown, Indianapolis, Ind., Swift 008.a, 21. 23. (26), John Rutherford, Ft. Worth, Texas, Swift 008.a, 21. 24. (18), Cam Binder, Calgary, Alta., Swift 008.a, 20. 25. (15), Rino Mastronardi, Italy, Swift 008.a, 17. 26. (1), Memo Gidley, San Rafael, Calif., Swift 008.a, 16, contact. 27. (23), George Frazier, Prospect, Ky., Ralt RT-41, 12, mechanical. 28. (12), Andrew Bordin, Woodbridge, Ont., Swift 008.a, 7, mechanical. 29. (9), Andrea Delorenzi, Ravenna, Italy, Ralt RT-41, 7, mechanical.

Race Statistics: Margin of victory: 2.527 seconds.

Time of race: 31:54.902. Winner's speed: 87.103 mph.

Fastest race lap: Wilden, 1:09.736.

Laps led: Gidley, 1-15; Lazzaro, 16; Wilden, 17-22.

Point leaders (after six of 13 events): Gidley, 76; Rice, 70; Bordin, 70; Bentham, 69; Tagliani, 55; Sielsky 53; Lazzaro, 47; Wilden, 38; Rutledge, 32; Montgomery, 32.

Next race: Saturday, July 18, at the Molson Indy Toronto.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Derek Hill , Memo Gidley , David Rutledge , Anthony Lazzaro , John Rutherford , Buddy Rice , Bob Siska , Andrew Bordin , Masaoki Nagashima , Sergei Szortyka , Eric Lang , Zak Brown , Lee Bentham , Rino Mastronardi