Homestead Saturday Race Results

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Dan Wheldon fought off Buddy Rice late in Saturday's season-opening CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to win in his first Atlantic outing. Wheldon, of Newport Beach, Calif.,...

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Dan Wheldon fought off Buddy Rice late in Saturday's season-opening CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Homestead-Miami Speedway to win in his first Atlantic outing. Wheldon, of Newport Beach, Calif., battled Rice throughout the 50-lap race, trading the lead with Rice five times before eventually holding on for the victory. Rookie Hoover Orsi of Brazil started 12th but made a late run, passing Rocky Moran, Jr., on the last lap to finish third. Round two of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship will be held Sunday, prior to the FedEx Championship Series race at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota.

HOMESTEAD, Fla. - Results Saturday of the 50-lap CART Toyota Atlantic Championship season opener at the Homestead-Miami Speedway, with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps completed and reason out, if any.

<pre> 1. (2) Dan Wheldon, Newport Beach, Calif., Swift, 50 laps. 2. (1) Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Swift, 50. 3. (12) Hoover Orsi, Brazil, Swift, 50. 4. (8) Rocky Moran Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif., Swift, 50. 5. (7) Martin Basso, Argentina, Swift, 50. 6. (5) Andrew Bordin, Woodbridge, Ont., Swift, 50. 7. (3) William Langhorne, Warrentown, Va., Swift, 50. 8. (9) Bob Perona, Denver,Colo., Swift, 50. 9. (15) Mike Conte, Seattle, Wash., Swift, 50. 10. (11) J.F. Veilleux, Boucherville, Ont., Swift, 50. 11. (10) T.J. Bell, Sparks, Nev., Swift, 50. 12. (20) Christophe Beauvais, Montreal, Que., Swift, 50. 13. (17) David Rutledge, W. Vancouver, B.C., Swift, 50. 14. (24) Sergei Szortyka, Sinking Spring, Pa., Swift, 50. 15. (21) Joey Scarallo, Smithtown, N.Y., Swift, 50. 16. (23) Imran Husain, Los Angeles, Calif., Swift, 49. 17. (19) Tom Wieringa, Oak Brook, Ill., Swift, 44, mechanical. 18. (22) Stephen C. Roy, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Swift, 40, gearbox. 19. (16) Pete Mercier, Las Vegas, Nev., Swift, 26, suspension. 20. (14) Kuno II Wittmer, Montreal, Que., Swift, 26, off course. 21. (13) Cemal Yelkin, Cranfield, Ohio, Swift, 24, gearbox. 22. (6) Masaoki Nagashima, Japan, Swift, 17, accident. 23. (18) David Cutler, Medina, Wash., Swift, 7, accident. 24. (4) Alex Gurney, Newport Beach, Calif., 1, accident.

Race Statistics Margin of victory: .932 sec. Time of race: 46:23.032. Winner's speed: 54.79 mph. Fastest race lap . Cautions: four, for 15 laps. Lap leaders: Rice, 1-16; Wheldon, 17-22; Rice, 23-30; Wheldon, 31-35; Rice, 36-38; Wheldon, 39; Rice, 40-44; Wheldon, 45-50. Top-10 points (after 1 of 12 rounds): Wheldon, 20; Rice, 18; Orsi, 14; Moran Jr., 12; Basso, 10; Bordin, 8; Langhorne, 6; Perona, 5; Conte, 4; Veilleux, 3; Bell, 2; Beauvais, 1. Next race: Saturday, April 15, Long Beach, Calif.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Martin Basso , Hoover Orsi , David Rutledge , Christophe Beauvais , T.J. Bell , Rocky Moran Jr. , Dan Wheldon , David Cutler , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin , Masaoki Nagashima , Sergei Szortyka , Rocky Moran , Imran Husain , Tom Wieringa