Milwaukee: Round three fact sheet

Fact Sheet The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Round 3, Miller Lite 250 May 30-June 2, 2002, The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin Event: Round 3 of the 12-event CART Toyota Atlantic Championship will be held on the 1.032-mile oval at...

Fact Sheet
The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship.
Round 3, Miller Lite 250
May 30-June 2, 2002, The Milwaukee Mile, West Allis, Wisconsin

Event: Round 3 of the 12-event CART Toyota Atlantic Championship will be held on the 1.032-mile oval at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin as Sunday's final event at the Miller Lite 250. Sunday's race will mark the 10th time since 1993, the Atlantic series has competed on the historic oval.

Race Series: The CART-sanctioned Toyota Atlantic Championship is the top rung on CART's "Ladder System", and is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into CART competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from the Atlantic series are CART Champ car stars Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Tagliani, former Champ Car stars Bobby Rahal and Danny Sullivan, as well as 1997 FIA Formula One Champion, Jacques Villeneuve.

Atlantic Schedule:

Thursday, May 30:
Testing 3:00 p.m. -- 5:00 p.m. Friday, May 31:
Practice 9:00 a.m. -- 9:40 a.m.
Practice 1:15 p.m. -- 1:45 p.m.

Saturday, June 1:
Practice 8:30 a.m. -- 9:15 a.m.
Qualifying 12:00 p.m. -- 12:55 p.m.

Sunday, June 2:
Warm Up 10:00 a.m. -- 10:15 a.m.
RACE 3:00 p.m. -- 4:00 p.m. (70 laps/72.24 miles)

Race: Although the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship races have been carried live in the Preview: past on CTV and RDS for Canadian race fans, the Milwaukee Atlantic event will mark the first live telecast for the series in the United States. Speed Channel will carry Sunday afternoon's 70-lap race live at 4:00 p.m. EST.

Atlantic History at Milwaukee: The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship has raced at the Milwaukee Mile 10 times, dating back to the 1993 season.

The previous Atlantic winners at Milwaukee were: Claude Bourbonnais (1993), Greg Ray (1994), David Empringham (1995), Anthony Lazzaro (1996), Alex Barron (1997), Memo Gidley (1998), Lee Bentham (1999), Martin Basso (2000), and Hoover Orsi (2001)

Last Year:
Brazil's Hoover Orsi used cool weather and multiple restarts from five yellow flag periods to hold off American, Grant Ryley, for his first career CART Toyota Atlantic Championship win. Orsi, who went on to win the 2001 Championship with Hylton Motorsports, was at his best on cold tires. On the other hand, Ryley, who won his first career pole in qualifying, needed several laps of green flag conditions before his car came up to speed.

Orsi captured the lead on the lap 15 restart using his cold tire advantage. Three more yellow flags scattered through the remaining 50 laps allowed Orsi to hold onto the lead for the remainder of the race. Ryley would finish a close second behind Orsi with David Rutledge rounding out the top three.

Television:
Speed Channel will broadcast Sunday's Round 3 race from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, at 4:00 p.m. ET LIVE, while Atlantic fans in Canada can watch the race on RDS on June 9thth at 4:00 p.m. Check www.toyotaatlantic.com for updated information.

Next Race: The Round 3 Event at the Milwaukee Mile kicks off a grueling stretch in the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship schedule that will see the series in action six of the next seven weeks. Following Milwaukee, the teams pack up and head west for the Bridgestone Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300 on June 8th. The following weekend will see the teams head up the coast for their first visit to the Portland International Raceway for the G.I. Joes 200. Everyone will get a week off to catch their breath before starting another three-week stretch that will place the teams in Chicago, Toronto, and Cleveland.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Greg Ray , Jimmy Vasser , Memo Gidley , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Martin Basso , Hoover Orsi , Grant Ryley , David Rutledge , Alex Barron , Anthony Lazzaro , Danny Sullivan , David Empringham , Claude Bourbonnais , Lee Bentham