Saturday, August 2, 1997 Welcome to round three of the Playerâ€™s Challenge for the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship - - the eighth race of the 12-race Atlantic championship sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. A...
Saturday, August 2, 1997
Welcome to round three of the Player’s Challenge for the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship - - the eighth race of the 12-race Atlantic championship sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. A 30 minute practice session is scheduled today between 10:40 a.m. and 11:10 a.m.. Final qualifying will be held between 4:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m Lynx Racing drivers ALEX BARRON and MEMO GIDLEY were victims of an automobile accident Friday evening while returning to their hotel from the race track. Neither driver suffered any apparent injuries but their rental car was severely damaged. The accident occurred at approximately 8:00 p.m. as the two Atlantic series points leaders were stopped at an intersection for a red light. The driver of another car struck the Lynx duo from behind on Blvd. Des Forges and pushed them completely through the intersection. The offending driver was later tested and found to have a blood alcohol level of 2.8. (Peter Frey)
11:00 a.m. Session begins under partly cloudy skies and temperatures in the upper 70s.
11:30 a.m. Session ends with no major incidents reported.
#32 ALEX BARRON, of Vista, Calif., is fastest in the Lynx Racing-Victory Circle Red Line Oil Ralt RT-41 at 1:02.449 87.047 mph.
#4 ANTHONY LAZZARO, of Acworth, Ga., is second fastest in the Phillips Motorsports-Platinum Sound/BG Products Ralt RT-41 at 1:02.842 = 86.502 mph. #43 JOAO BARBOSA, of Valongo, Portugal, is third fastest in the RDS Motorsport-Toyota of Portugal/Sega/Caetano Buses Ralt RT-41 at 1:02.962 = 86.337 mph.
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#32 ALEX BARRON (Lynx Racing-Victory Circle Racing/Red Line Oil) "We made some fairly major changes to the cars last night. We mainly ‘softened’ them. Our testing at Blackhawk showed harder was faster, but that track had more grip than Trois-Rivieres and it isn’t as curvy as the circuit here. Making the cars ‘softer’ lets us get through the turns better and eased the transition into the corners." (Peter Frey)
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SATURDAY PRACTICE SESSION Player’s Challenge for the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship Round Eight - Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres
Ps. Car# Driver Hometown Entrant/Car Time Speed
1 32 Alex Barron (R), Vista, Calif. Lynx Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:02.449 87.047 2 4 Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga. Phillips Mtsp., Ralt RT-41 1:02.842 86.502 3 43 Joao Barbosa (R), Valongo, Portugal RDS Motorsports, Ralt RT-41 1:02.962 86.337 4 33 Bertrand Godin (R), St Hyacinthe, Que. Players Forsythe, Ralt RT-40 1:02.982 86.310 5 19 Memo Gidley (R), San Rafael, Calif. Lynx Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:03.118 86.124 6 35 David Pook, Long Beach, Calif. B.D.J.S, Ralt RT-40 1:03.252 85.941 7 85 Steve Knapp (R), Salem, Wis. P1 Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:03.377 85.772 8 50 Kenny Wilden, Burlington, Ont. P1 Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:03.443 85.683 9 29 Case Montgomery, Salinas, Calif. Binder Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:03.461 85.658 10 96 Jeret Schroeder, Vineland, N.J. P.P.I., Ralt RT-41 1:03.553 85.534 11 66 Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que. Players Forsythe, Ralt RT-40 1:03.590 85.485 12 95 Chris Smith, Redondo Beach, Calif. P.P.I., Ralt RT-41 1:04.102 84.802 13 7 Cam Binder, Calgary, Alta. Binder Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:04.135 84.758 14 14 Chuck West, Sonoma, Calif. World Speed Mtsp., Ralt RT-411:04.144 84.746 15 15 Eric Lang, New York, N.Y. D&L Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:04.260 84.593 16 3 Michael David, Corona, Calif. PDR Enterprises., Ralt RT-41 1:04.419 84.385 17 10 Mark Tague (R), Laguna Hills, Calif. World Speed Mtsp, Ralt RT-41 1:04.839 83.838 18 44 Carol Soucy (R), Sept-Iles, Que. Dominic Scalzo, Ralt RT-41 1:05.918 82.466 19 23 Martin Roy, St. Jean Baptiste, Que. La Volant Mtsp., Raven RVN93 1:05.922 82.461 20 11 Ted Sahley, Cleveland, Ohio Sahley Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:06.406 81.860 21 26 David Cutler, Medina, Wash. Binder Racing, Ralt RT-41 1:06.810 81.365 22 18 Bob Siska, San Francisco, Calif. RJS Motorsports, Ralt RT-40 1:07.060 81.061 23 9 George Frazier (R), Prospect, Ky. Arcadia Mtsp., Ralt RT-41 1:07.873 80.090 24 71 Joaquin DeSoto (R)(C2), Miami, Fla. Weld Mtsp., Reynard 93H 1:09.068 78.705 25 41 Bob Thomas (R), Clarkston, Mich. Different Drummer Racing 1:09.142 78.620 26 99 Jimmy Pugliese (C2), Oceanside, N.Y. Pugliese, Swift DB-4 1:09.370 78.362 27 39 Stephane Roy (R), Saint-Sauveur, Que. Hammerhead, Ralt RT-40 1:10.105 77.540 28 21 Kevin Cogan (R), Plattsburgh, N.Y. Cogan Mtsp, Raven RVN-93 1:10.382 77.235
@ Time Greater than 115% of avg. of top three in class ** Better than the Existing Track Record
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#19 MEMO GIDLEY (Lynx Racing) "Alex (Barron) and I went out with very different set-ups this morning, and obviously his worked much better. But that’s the purpose and value of a two-car team. It allows you to experiment like that. For final qualifying, I’ll have a set-up much more like Alex‘s with just a few differences to accommodate my driving style. I’d like to have had a better set-up for this morning’s session so at least I’d have a better idea of what to expect during final qualifying. (Peter Frey)
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#14 CHUCK WEST (World Speed Motorsports-Red Line Oil/Martini Sunglasses/Harvest Group) "Unfortunately, the changes we made last night didn’t seem to make any difference. We’re still having trouble getting the power down. I get eaten up alive coming out of the corners. We’re going to have to put our heads together and come up with a plan before qualifying." (Pam Morey)
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