Lynx Racing Vancouver Review

Lynx Racing driver Buddy Rice crafted a diamond of a drive out of skill, rain and ice-slick asphalt during the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic race at the Molson Indy Vancouver this past weekend. He qualified on the front row, was forced ...

Lynx Racing driver Buddy Rice crafted a diamond of a drive out of skill, rain and ice-slick asphalt during the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic race at the Molson Indy Vancouver this past weekend. He qualified on the front row, was forced off-course in the first turn and dropped back to 17th, from which he worked his way back up to 6th -- before being forced off the road yet again and dropping back to 12th. By the end of the rain-soaked event which was punctuated by crashes every few laps and finished early under yellow, Rice had finished fourth, passed 20 cars for position, brought his car home without a scratch and further enhanced his reputation as one of the most skilled and aggressive drivers on the circuit. "It was like driving blindfolded in a demolition derby on ice," said Rice. "Conditions like these really take a lot of what happens out of your hands, but I never give up during a race, no matter what. If there's somebody ahead of me, my total focus is on getting ahead of him while still keeping it off the wall. This is one we could have won, and should have won, but under the circumstances, I think we achieved something worthwhile." Rice's Lynx Racing teammate, Mike Conte, carved out his own little jewel with a race that featured its own off-course excursion, but still saw him move up from 13th qualifying position to finish 8th. "This was as much a war of attrition and survival as an auto race," said Conte. "Usually I hate for a race to end because I know if there were just a few more laps, I could have done a lot better. But when this one was over, and I was in the top 10 with all the corners still on the car, I was so happy you'd think I won the thing. Racing under these conditions is a skill a driver has to have, but one he hopes he never has to use." Ultimately, the 57-minute, 35.599-second race was won by rookie Will Langhorne, with Kenny Wilden and Andrew Bordin finishing second and third. Championship points leader Anthony Lazzaro finished sixth. The winner's average speed was 61.228 mph, and the margin of victory was 7.6549 seconds with the race finishing under yellow. There were three caution periods for a total of 11 laps. The fastest lap of the race was turned by pole-sitter Alexandre Tagliani at 1:29.651 sec. / 71.517 mph. The battle for the series championship shapes up like this: Lazzaro leads with 158, Wilden is in second with 126, Tagliani is in third with 108 and Rice is in fourth with 96. Vancouver was round ten of a 12-race series, and with a maximum of 22 points available at any one race, Wilden is the only driver with a mathematical chance of catching Lazzaro for the championship. Lazzaro has already been announced as the driver of the new Cal Wells/PPR Bush stock car team for the 2000 season. The next race on the schedule is the Grand Prix of Monterey, Spetember 11 at the famed Laguna Seca track in Northern California On the following weekend, September 18 - 19, Lynx driver Mike Conte will compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) Petite Le Mans race at Road Atlanta in the GT-class Porsche he fields under his own Contemporary Motorsports banner. Conte and co-driver Bruno Lambert scored a podium finish at the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year. Also at the Petite Le Mans event, Lynx Racing's most recent graduate Memo Gibley will take a break from his duties as a driver for the Herdez/ Payton-Coyne team in the CART FedEx Championship to join the Panoz team and drive the team's LMP-1 prototype. Lynx Racing's youngest driver, Sara Senske, will also be competing on the Petite Le Mans weekend, in the fourth round of the innovative new Women's Global GT Series, created by Indy 500 driver Lyn St. James and motorsports entrepreneur/Road Atlanta owner/Panoz owner Don Panoz. In the third race of the Women's GT series, at Portland, Senske qualified on the pole, led every lap, set the fastest lap of the race and won by a margin of 27 seconds.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Bruno Lambert , Anthony Lazzaro , Lyn St. James , Buddy Rice , Will Langhorne , Andrew Bordin , Don Panoz