CHECKERED FLAGS OVER TEXAS "In the moment of victory, tighten your helmet strap." -- Japanese saying Fast Facts: Lynx Racing in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Support Race At The Texaco Grand...
CHECKERED FLAGS OVER TEXAS
"In the moment of victory, tighten your helmet strap." -- Japanese saying Fast Facts: Lynx Racing in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Support Race At The Texaco Grand Prix of Houston, September 25 - 26 1. Texas native Jackie Doty and her partner, Peggy Haas, are the founders of Lynx Racing, the only championship-winning racing team and driver development program in auto racing today owned by women. Lynx competes in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, the Triple-A baseball of auto racing. 2. Lynx drivers who've graduated to the CART FedEx series include Patrick Carpentier (Player's/Forsythe), Alex Barron (Marlboro Penske) and Memo Gidley (Herdez/Payton-Coyne). 3. Lynx Racing's latest CART hot prospect is Buddy Rice, currently fourth in the championship points battle. His Lynx teammate, Mike Conte, is a former Microsoft software developer involved in the creation of such popular programs as Windows 95 and Microsoft Explorer. 4. Lynx Racing had a most unusual race at the Houston Grand Prix last year: driver Buddy Rice had to have his appendix out on Thursday, and team manager/driving coach Steve Cameron drove Rice's car in the race, finishing 8th. Rice's 1998 teammate, Memo Gidley, finished 5th.
Texas native and Lynx Racing co-owner Jackie Doty, along with partner Peggy Haas, will be looking for their unique, championship-winning racing team -- the only such team owned by women in auto racing today -- to finish out the year with a victory in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic support race at the Texaco Grand Prix, September 25 - 26. And it's quite a likely scenario, since Lynx Racing's latest CART FedEx hot prospect, Buddy Rice, and his teammate, Mike Conte have combined to score 16 top-10 finishes, 7 top-5s and four trips to the podium in the 11 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic races so far this season. The duo finished second and 8th, respectively, at the most recent event, the Grand Prix of Monterey at the Laguna Seca Raceway in Northern California. "Peggy and I have spent the last nine years building Lynx into a brand name driver development program where CART teams automatically look for the newest crop of hot, young drivers," says Doty. "Buddy and Mike have been knocking on the door of victory all season long, and they and the team are hungry to finish out the season with a win in Houston." Rice, though he drove for Lynx last season, did not compete in the Houston race, so this will be his first race on the downtown street circuit. He had to have his appendix out on the Thursday before the race, so Lynx Racing Team Manager and Driving Coach Steve Cameron took over Rice's car and finished 8th in a race that was ended early by a downpour -- a drive that netted him both the "Kool Move of the Race" and the "Yokohama Now You've Got Control" awards. Rice's 1998 teammate, Memo Gidley, who graduated to CART this year and will be driving the #71 Herdez/Payton-Coyne car in the Texaco Grand Prix this weekend, finished fifth. The race was won by Anthony Lazarro. "Not having raced the course before shouldn't really hurt our chances of winning," says Rice. "It generally only takes me eight to ten laps to learn the track, and from then on we'll be working on the race setup. We've been so close to a win so many times this year that I really feel like it's all going to come together here. The team has worked so hard for me all year that they deserve a win, and I'm planning on giving it to them." Mike Conte, who drove for another team at Houston last year, had a problem-plagued weekend that saw him qualify 16th and crash out of the race on lap 7 to finish 23rd. "Houston really made a tremendous effort to give us a good racetrack, and for the most part they succeeded," says Conte. "My car on the other hand, was a disaster. I had to stand on my Friday practice time because the team forgot to put fuel in for qualifying, then in the race, I was actually up to 12th and dicing with Steve Cameron when my brakes failed and I went straight into the tires at 120 mph. Not my best weekend. The track itself is surprisingly wide and fairly smooth, but somehow there seems to be relatively little passing, so where you qualify is very important. With the Lynx team giving me good cars all season, I'm confident of better results this time around." Conte, in addition to his Atlantic racing, also competes in the American Le Mans Series with a GT-class Porsche where he scored a podium finish in the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year and finished 5th in last weekend's 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. Lynx Racing, owned by Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty and now in its ninth year of operation, is both a championship-winning racing team and a unique driver development program. The team's mission is to seek out young drivers with championship potential and provide them with the training, resources and opportunity to realize that potential and make the jump to auto racing's 'major leagues.' In addition to Buddy Rice and Mike Conte in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic series, Lynx also sponsors a car for the team's first female driver, Sara Senske, 21, of Kennewick, Washington. Senske competes in the Star Mazda Championship, driving a car fielded by Kent Stacy's championship-winning S3 Racing, and in the innovative new Women's Global GT series where she won the Portland round from the pole.
Friday, September 24 9:35 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. Atlantic practice 4:15 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Atlantic preliminary qualifying
Saturday, September 25 11:15 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. Atlantic final qualifying 2:00 p.m. Driver's meeting
Sunday, September 26 10:15 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Atlantic warm-up 12:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. Atlantic race / 45 laps ________________________________
Television Schedule (all times Eastern):
Sunday, Oct. 10 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. First broadcast (ESPN2) Wednesday, Oct. 13 1:30 a.m. - 2:30 a.m. Repeat broadcast Wednesday, Oct 13 1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. Repeat broadcast Sunday, Oct. 10 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. ESPN International Tuesday, Oct. 5 8:00 p.m. CTV (Canada) Saturday, Oct. 16 Check local listings RDS (Canada)
September 20, 1999