Lynx driver Rutledge nominated for Moore Award

Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, 23, of Vancouver, B.C., has been nominated for the second annual Greg Moore Legacy Award. The award, which honors the Canadian star and fan favorite who lost his life in the 1999 season finale, reflects the ...

Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, 23, of Vancouver, B.C., has been nominated for the second annual Greg Moore Legacy Award.

The award, which honors the Canadian star and fan favorite who lost his life in the 1999 season finale, reflects the driver who best typifies Moore's legacy of outstanding talent on track as well as displaying a dynamic personality with fans, media and within the CART community. It is designed to encompass candidates from the FedEx Championship Series as well as its two development series, the Dayton Indy Lights Championship and Toyota Atlantic Championship. There is a minimum of one driver from each series represented for the award.

Other nominees include Patrick Carpentier, Dario Franchitti and Tony Kanaan of the FedEx Championship Series, Dan Wheldon of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship. The winner will be announced at the CART FedEx Championship Series Awards Banquet on Tuesday, Nov. 6 at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas. Helio Castroneves of Marlboro Team Penske captured the inaugural award last season. "I'm honored to included in such a talented and deserving group of nominees," says Rutledge, who has won three races -- all from the pole, and scored three podium finishes, this season. "Greg Moore was a role model for me, and for any young driver who aspires to climb the ladder and compete at the top level of open-wheel racing."

The voting committee consists of the three series presidents, Joe Heitzler of the FedEx Championship Series, Roger Bailey of Dayton Indy Lights and Vicki O'Connor of Toyota Atlantic; Player's Forsythe Racing owner Gerald Forsythe; Bob Bexon, President and CEO of Imperial Tobacco Canada, Ltd.; Championship Drivers Association President Mauricio Gugelmin; and two annually rotating members of the media, one representing the print side and the other broadcast. This year's media representatives are Gordon Kirby of Autosport and ABC/ESPN race co-host Parker Johnstone.

Moore, the 24-year-old rising star from Maple Ridge, British Columbia, Canada, had his initial success in Indy Lights, where he was the record- setting series champion in 1995. He registered a record 10 wins, including a record five in a row, and seven poles in 12 events. He spent three seasons in Indy Lights (1993-95) where he left as the series leader in career wins with 13. He graduated to the FedEx Championship Series in 1996 with Player's Forsythe Racing and recorded five wins and five poles in his four-year career. He became the youngest driver to win an event in CART history when he notched his first career triumph at Milwaukee at the age of 22 years, 1 month and 10 days. He also finished among the top 10 in the series championship every season, including a career-best fifth in 1998. Moore's Champ Car No. 99 was retired by CART, Dayton Indy Lights and Toyota Atlantic in November of 1999 to honor his memory.

2001 marks the 11th anniversary of Lynx Racing, one of the most unique organizations in auto racing today. Created and owned by two women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, Lynx is both a championship winning racing team and a uniquely successful driver development program that focuses on a driver's mental, psychological and spiritual growth in addition to their on-track skills.

The Lynx mission is to seek out young drivers with the desire and potential to become champions at the highest levels of the sport and provide them with the funding, equipment and training to take the last step toward realizing that potential, a process the team calls 'Destiny by Design.' Lynx alumni include CART FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron and Memo Gidley.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Helio Castroneves , Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , Dario Franchitti , Mauricio Gugelmin , David Rutledge , Alex Barron , Dan Wheldon , Gerald Forsythe , Roger Bailey , Greg Moore
Teams Team Penske