HIGHLAND PARK, Ill., Dec. 23, 1999 - The starting grid for the upcoming 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is starting to take shape, with several of the top teams already announcing their driver line-ups.

With an expected field of 25-plus cars for the Miami season opener in late March, most of the top competitors have announced their year 2000 drivers, including Buddy Rice now running with the newly formed DSTP Atlantic team, and Lynx Racing, which ran Rice the last two years, now fielding third-year Atlantic driver David Rutledge along with Mike Conte. PPI, the defending Atlantic championship team, previously announced Andrew Bordin will be returning for his second year with the squad.

"Some familiar names are returning to this year's Atlantic line-up, and we think this is just the tip of the iceberg," said Vicki O'Connor, president of the Atlantic series. "Each year, the Atlantic talent level continues to increase, and the 2000 season will be no exception. We have two or three of our top teams on the verge of announcing their drivers, and several might have up to three cars, so Atlantic fans should keep a keen eye on the series in early to mid January. We believe we'll have the basis of our line-up as early as then."

In other series-related news, Bordin got his first taste of Champ car driving, testing Cristiano da Matta's PPI-prepared Toyota-Reynard, as part of the team's shakedown of the car. Though set to race in the upcoming Atlantic season, Bordin did say that the test was an early 'Christmas present' and was very impressed with the car's performance.


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