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OPENING WITH A HAT TRICK - Lynx Racing Arrives In Milwaukee Having Won The First Three KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Races Of The 1998 Season... - Lynx Driver Alex Barron Won The Atlantic Race At The Miller 200 Last Year And Now Drives For Dan ...

OPENING WITH A HAT TRICK

- Lynx Racing Arrives In Milwaukee Having Won The First Three KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Races Of The 1998 Season...

- Lynx Driver Alex Barron Won The Atlantic Race At The Miller  200 Last
Year And Now Drives For Dan   Gurney In CART...

- Lynx Racing Has Won The Atlantic Championship Two Years In A Row; 1996 Champion Patrick Carpentier Was The 1997 CART "Rookie of the Year"...

- Lynx Racing, one of the top driver development programs in auto racing today, is owned by Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty...

Milwaukee, WI (May 25, 1998) -- Lynx Racing, winners of last year's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic support race at the Miller 200, arrives at this year's event with a hat trick already in the record books.

Lynx driver Memo Gidley won from the front row in the rain at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach; Buddy Rice, the pole-sitter at Long Beach, won from the pole at the Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix at Nazareth; and Gidley won again from the front row in the rain-shortened race at the Motorola 300 at Gateway last weekend.

"Psychological momentum is almost as important to a racing team as a fast car," says Gidley, 28, of Novato, California. "With a win here last season and victories in the first three races this year, we're feeling pretty good about Milwaukee. We're not overconfident, but we are certain of our ability to consistently field competitive cars and run at the front.

And the competition between the top teams was so close and fierce at Gateway that Milwaukee should be a real thrill for both the drivers and the fans."

Gidley, a second-year Lynx driver who started 11th and finished third in Milwaukee last year, currently leads the championship points battle with 53. Andrew Bordin, who has finished second at all three races, is second with 48 points. Gidley's rookie teammate, Buddy Rice, is third in the points with 37.

"The season so far has been a real education for me," says Rice, 22, of Phoenix, Arizona. "The team has consistently given me cars capable of winning, but I made a rookie mistake at Long Beach and there were only seven laps of green-flag racing at Gateway so there just wasn't enough time to get anything going. But I had a perfect car at Nazareth, and that's the setup I'll be trying to duplicate in practice for Milwaukee. The closeness of competition at Gateway was an eye-opener and I think its going to take a perfect car starting near the front to win."

The $1.3 million KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, celebrating its 25th anniversary this year, is the richest open-wheel development series in North America. Atlantic has a long history of graduating its stars directly into CART competition, including Michael Andretti, Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Jimmy Vasser and Indy 500 winner/Formula One champion Jacques Villeneuve.

In the last two years, two Lynx Racing drivers have won the series championship and been signed by top CART teams; Patrick Carpentier who now drives for Player's/Forsythe and Alex Barron, driving for Dan Gurney's All-American Racers.

Atlantic activities at the Miller 200 begin with an all-day test session on Thursday, May 28. There are two practice sessions on Friday, May 29, one from 8:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m and the second from 1:45 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Single-car qualifying will be held from 5:15 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. Friday evening. The 60-lap KOOL/Toyota Atlantic race is scheduled to start at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, May 30.

The race will be broadcast Saturday, June 6, on ESPN2 and ESPN International at 4:30 p.m., with repeat broadcasts on ESPN2 on June 8, June 12 and June 18. CTV will broadcast the race in Canada on Saturday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m. All times are Eastern. The next event on the 13-race 1998 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship schedule is at the Grand Prix du Player's Formula One race in Montreal on Saturday, June 6.

Lynx Racing, now entering its ninth year of operation, is a uniquely successful driver development team owned by two women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty. The team is dedicated to seeking out young drivers with championship potential and helping them make the jump to the top levels of the sport.

In addition to Gidley and Rice in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Lynx Racing also campaigns an 18-year old karting champion from Kennewick, Washington named Sara Senske. She competes in the ultra-competitive Star Formula Mazda Championship driving a car fielded by S3 Racing.

For further information, please visit the team's web site at www.LynxRacing.com.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron , Dan Gurney , Danny Sullivan , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin