Lynx Racing Trois Rivieres Friday qualifying

Lynx Racing drivers David Rutledge and Mike Conte are 5th and 15th in preliminary qualifying for the Player's Grand Prix de Trois Rivières, the 8th round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, July 28 - 30. Rutledge set a time of...

Lynx Racing drivers David Rutledge and Mike Conte are 5th and 15th in preliminary qualifying for the Player's Grand Prix de Trois Rivières, the 8th round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, July 28 - 30. Rutledge set a time of 1:01.771 ((88.644 mph) and Conte turned a 1:02.920 (86.953 mph). Andrew Bordin of Woodbridge, Ontario, winner of the previous Atlantic race at Toronto, is on the provisional pole with a record-setting lap time of 1:01.336 (89.272 mph), followed by current Atlantic points leader and former Lynx driver now running with DSTP Motorsports, Buddy Rice. "It's not actually as bad as it sounds since we set the time without benefit of a first gear, which you need to use in five of the corners here," says Rutledge, 22, of Vancouver BC. "I lost the gear on the fifth lap of qualifying, and I could see that it cost me a couple of tenths of a second in each of the five corners, and since we're only four tenths off the preliminary pole sitter, we feel confident that we'll have a good shot in final qualifying tomorrow and a great car for the race on Sunday." Mike Conte has a more equivocal session, interrupted by yelllow flags and a drive-through penalty for a pit lane blend line violation. "I got off to a rough start in the morning when I brushed the tires in one of the turns and bent a tie rod which I had to come in and get fixed, and then I brushed the wall later in the session, so the morning wasn't really very productive," says Conte, 31, of Seattle, Washington. "This afternoon, with cars crashing in front of me on every other lap, it was impossible to get a rhythm going, and we only had time to make two changes to the car during the session, only one of which did any good. Even so, the car actually feels pretty good, and I'm looking forward to final qualifying and the race." The 45 lap (68.43 mile) Atlantic race, held on the 1.521-mile temporary street course, is Sunday's main event on the weekend schedule and is scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m. 2000 marks the 10th 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 spiritual and psychological growth in addition to their on-track skills. In addition to racing in the Atlantic series, Lynx also sponsors Sara Senske, one of the top female drivers in open-wheel racing today, in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. 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. <pre> On Track Schedule Saturday, July 29 9:25 a.m. - 9:55 a.m. CART Toyota Atlantic Practice 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. CART Toyota Atlantic Final Qualifying Sunday, July 30 8:05 a.m. - 8:15 a.m. CART Toyota Atlantic Warm-Up 1:45 p.m. CART Toyota Atlantic Race / 45 laps -- 68.43 miles

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , David Rutledge , Andrew Bordin