A WEEKEND OF CHALK AND CHEESE Lynx Racing Drivers Sara Senske and Mike Conte, Already Eating Up The Competition On Their Way Up To The CART FedEx Series, Will Devour Something Different This Weekend ____________________________________ 1.
A WEEKEND OF CHALK AND CHEESE
Lynx Racing Drivers Sara Senske and Mike Conte, Already Eating Up The Competition On Their Way Up To The CART FedEx Series, Will Devour Something Different This Weekend ____________________________________
1. Sonoma, California-based Lynx Racing is the most unique and successful driver development program in auto racing today - and two Lynx drivers will be racing in three different events over the weekend. 2. Lynx driver Sara Senske is one of today's top female drivers, and will be racing in both the Star Mazda Series race on Saturday and the Women's Global GT Series race on Sunday. 3. Lynx driver Mike Conte, a software developer who helped create several of Microsoft's most popular products, will be racing a Porsche in the GT class of the of the Grand Prix of Sonoma on Sunday. Conte and co-driver Bruno Lambert scored a podium finish at the legendary 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year. 4. Two Northern California women, Peggy Haas (San Francisco) and Jackie Doty (Monterey), own Lynx Racing, now in its 9th year of operation. The team's mission is to seek out young drivers with championship potential and provide them with the funding, equipment and training to make it to the top levels of auto racing. 5. Lynx alumni include CART FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier (Player's/ Forsythe), Alex Barron (Marlboro Penske) and Memo Gidley (Alpine/ Walker). ____________________________
To the average spectator, a race car is a race car - but to the finely-tuned senses of a top driver, a competition-prepared sports car and an open-wheel, single-seat 'formula car' are as different (as the old saying goes) as chalk and cheese. And that pretty much describes what's happening July 23 - 25 at Sears Point International Raceway in Northern California, a weekend of chalk and cheese called The American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma Presented By Toshiba Copiers and Fax. Eight classes of cars will compete in five separate races. Two of the high-speed gourmets participating in this gas-tronomic spectacle are Lynx Racing drivers Sara Senske and Mike Conte. Each is already a hot property well on their way to racing's ultimate food fight, the CART Fed Ex Series. This weekend, however, they'll be devouring a different dish. Senske, a front-running star in the ultra-competitive steppingstone Star Formula Mazda series, will run her #19 Lynx Racing/S3 Racing open-wheel car in the 45-minute Star Mazda race that starts at 5:00 p.m. Saturday afternoon. She'll then switch from formula to fenders and run in the second round of the innovative new Women's Global GT Series at 3:55 p.m. on Sunday. Drivers in the event are the fastest female racers from around the world, competing in specially built Panoz sports cars. "Racing two completely different kinds of cars on the same weekend is a real challenge," says Senske. "The real world equivalent would be like riding a motorcycle then driving a sport utility vehicle. The Formula Mazda is nimble and fast around the corners, while the Panoz is heavy and accelerates like a rocket. They're both rungs on the ladder I'm climbing on my way up to Champ Cars." Conte, who drives for the championship-winning Lynx Racing team in the ultra-competitive steppingstone KOOL/Toyota Atlantic series, will drive a GT class Porsche - the same car with which he and co-driver Bruno Lambert scored a podium finish in the 12 Hours of Sebring earlier this year - in the 2 hour and 45 minute American Le Mans event that takes the green flag at Noon on Sunday. "An Atlantic car and a Porsche are as different as chalk and cheese," says Conte. "And the driving techniques are completely different. An Atlantic event is 45 minutes of flat-out, on-the-edge racing, while this weekend in the Porsche is in an endurance contest where you have to pace yourself over a period of hours. Both offer their own challenges and rewards, and I'm happy to be following in the footsteps of racing legends like Dan Gurney and A.J. Foyt who successfully raced both sports cars and formula cars." Lynx Racing, owned by Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty and now entering its ninth year of operation, is both a championship-winning racing team and a unique driver development program. The team's mission is to seek out young drivers with championship potential and provide them with the training, resources and opportunity to realize that potential and make the jump to auto racing's 'major leagues.' Lynx alumni include CART FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier (Player's/ Forsythe), Alex Barron (racing this weekend in the U.S. 500 for the Marlboro Penske team) and Memo Gidley (Alpine/ Walker).
Contact: For further information, presskits, photos, videotape, interviews with drivers or team owners, etc. - please call Peter Frey at (818) 909-0985.
Event Schedule: Friday, July 23 10:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. Star Mazda Practice 10:45 a.m. - 11:45 a.m. GT Practice 12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Star Mazda Practice 1:30 p.m. - 1:50 p.m. Women's GT Qualifying #1 2:50 p.m. - 3:10 p.m. Women's GT Qualifying #2 3:25 p.m. - 3:45 p.m. GT Qualifying 4:35 p.m. - 5:05 p.m. Star Mazda Practice
Saturday, July 24 9:20 a.m. - 10:05 a.m. Star Mazda Qualifying 10:20 a.m. - 11:20 a.m. GT Practice 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Driver Autograph Session 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Women's GT Qualifying Heat Race 2:25 p.m. - 2:55 p.m. Women's GT Qualifying Heat Race 3:10 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. GT Qualifying 5:00 p.m. Star Mazda Race / 45 min.
Sunday, July 25 9:00 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Women's GT Warm-Up 12 Noon American Le Mans Grand Prix of Sonoma / 2 hrs. 45 min. 3:55 p.m. Women's Global GT Race / 45 min. Note: Schedule presented here is only for races in which Lynx drivers are participating. There are several other races during the weekend, and cars will be on track throughout both days.
July 22, 1999