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A GATHERING OF THE TRIBE Fast Facts Lynx Racing in the CART Toyota Atlantic and Barber Dodge Pro Series Support Races at the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300, September 8 - 10 - There will be seven former and current...


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Lynx Racing in the CART Toyota Atlantic and Barber Dodge Pro Series Support Races at the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300, September 8 - 10

- There will be seven former and current Lynx Racing drivers competing in the various races that comprise this weekend's Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300. Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron and Memo Gidley will contest the CART Fed Ex race, while among the 'training series' events will be David Rutledge, Mike Conte and Buddy Rice (CART Toyota Atlantic) as well as Sara Senske (Barber Dodge Pro Series).

- Lynx Racing, the only championship-winning team in motorsports today owned by women, will celebrate its 10th anniversary as the sport's top driver development program at Laguna Seca this weekend. The team is co-owned by Peggy Haas (a 5th-generation member of the San Francisco Haas family) and Jackie Doty (a resident of Pacific Grove in Monterey)

- Each Lynx driver is the product of one of the most unique and successful racing team/driver development programs in open-wheel racing today. The team's unique training program focuses not only on a driver's on-track performance, but also on developing the mental and spiritual skills required of a true champion. This weekend will be both homecoming and validation for Lynx Racing, for it was on a hillside at the annual CART race at Laguna Seca that the idea that became Lynx Racing was born in 1990. Since then, this unique, championship-winning racing team / driver development program, co-owned by Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, has trained and helped launch the professional careers of such young drivers as Richie Hearn, Jeret Schroeder, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron, Memo Gidley and Buddy Rice.

And, at this weekend's Honda Grand Prix of Monterey Featuring the Shell 300, no fewer than seven former and current members of Lynx Racing will be competing in either the main event or one of the 'training series' races. Driving in the CART FedEx race will be Lynx alumni Patrick Carpentier (Player's/Forsythe), Memo Gidley (Della Penna Motorsports) and Alex Barron (Dale Coyne Racing). Barron to this day, three years later, still holds the Atlantic track records at Laguna Seca for fastest qualifying (1:18.755 / 102.302 mph), fastest race lap (1:19.355 / 101;528 mph) and race record average speed (37 min, 50.484 sec. / 99.357 mph). Doing battle in the CART Toyota Atlantic series will be David Rutledge (won from the pole at Montreal, now 6th in the points) and Mike Conte (finished in the top ten in seven of nine races this year). And Lynx graduate Buddy Rice, now running with the DSTP Motorsports team, has won five Atlantic races so far this season and is the consensus favorite to win the championship and graduate to CART. Sara Senske (the team's first female driver and winner of last year's Portland round of the Women's Global GT Series) will contest the intensely competitive Barber Dodge Pro Series race. "This gathering of the Lynx tribe feels like having the family come home for the holidays," says Lynx co-owner Peggy Haas, a 5th-generation member of the San Francisco Haas family. "We've spent ten years developing Lynx into a 'brand name' that is widely recognized and respected in the CART community, and developing well-rounded drivers who can be an immediate asset to any team. To see them all successfully pursuing their destinies, using both their own talents and the tools we gave them, is a real validation of our methods and goals." Each Lynx driver, past and present, was chosen for a combination of speed, spirit and championship potential rather than the ability to provide funding. And each is the product of a process that puts equal emphasis on technical/on-track training along with development of such intangible human qualities as focus, mental clarity and an appreciation of the spiritual aspects of the sport. "A true champion is much more than just someone who can go fast and win the occasional race," says Lynx co-owner Jackie Doty, a long-time resident of the Monterey peninsula. "A true champion is a combination of physical skills, mental clarity, focus and spirituality -- a combination that nobody can achieve on their own. It takes people around you who genuinely care and understand to bring out those qualities, and that's what Lynx is all about. The process is different for every driver, because they're all strong-willed individuals, but the end result is a kind of clear self-awareness that allows a driver to perform at his or her peak in or out of the car."

<pre> On Track Schedule

Friday, September 8 8:00 am. - 8:30 am. Barber Dodge Pro Series practice 9:40 am - 10:10 am Cart Toyota Atlantic practice 1:45 pm - 2:15 pm Atlantic preliminary qualifying 4:45 pm - 5:30 pm BDPS preliminary qualifying

Saturday, September 9 9:10 am - 9:40 am Atlantic final qualifying 12:55 pm - 1:25 pm BDPS practice 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Atlantic race / 30 laps 5:15 pm - 5:45 pm BDPS final qualifying

Sunday, September 10 4:15 pm BDPS race CART Toyota Atlantic Television Coverage (EDT)

ESPN2 Sunday Sept. 24 10:00 am - 11:00 am Repeat Wed. Sept 27 5:00 am - 6:00 am ESNP Intl. Sunday Sept 24 10:00 am - 11:00 am RDS Saturday Sept. 23 8:30 am - 9:30 am CTV Monday Sept. 18 7:00 pm (Ontario, East, West & Pacific Regions)

BDPS Television Coverage

All Barber Dodge Pro Series races are televised on ESPN2. Check your local listings.

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Series Atlantic , Other open wheel
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , Richie Hearn , David Rutledge , Alex Barron , Buddy Rice , Dale Coyne
Teams Dale Coyne Racing