TEAM KOOL GREEN'S ALEX GURNEY IS READY FOR CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE WHAT: Grand Prix of Canada - Round 5 of 12 in the KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship WHEN: June 11 - 12 WHERE: Montreal, Quebec MONTREAL, Quebec (June 10, 1999) - Team...
TEAM KOOL GREEN'S ALEX GURNEY IS READY FOR CIRCUIT GILLES VILLENEUVE
WHAT: Grand Prix of Canada - Round 5 of 12 in the KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship WHEN: June 11 - 12 WHERE: Montreal, Quebec
MONTREAL, Quebec (June 10, 1999) - Team KOOL Green's Alex Gurney returns to racing on the same weekend Formula One visits Canada for the Air Canada Grand Prix, June 10-11. After three ovals races in the first four events, Gurney is ready for the challenge of a road course beginning with this Saturday's 27-lap KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve.
Gurney's last non-oval race was the season-opening Grand Prix of Long Beach on Apr. 17. A rookie to the series, Gurney has shown progress on the ovals with a season-best 8th place at Nazareth Speedway in his very first oval race. Gurney, however, relishes the fact that seven of the final eight races on the 1999 Atlantic schedule will be held on street or permanent road courses.
Gurney's goal for this season remains to capture top rookie honors. He is currently fourth with seven points in the rookie standings, chasing the rookie points leader Nicolas Rondet with 28. Jean-Fran=E7ois Veilleux is second overall with 23 points and Sam Hornish Jr. is third with 22 points.
Atlantic competitors begin this weekend with a one-hour practice session on Friday at 8:30 a.m. ET. Qualifying is later in the afternoon at 2:45 p.m., while the race is on Saturday at 2:30 p.m. ESPN2 will televise the race on Saturday, June 19, at 12 p.m., with a repeat broadcast on Thursday, June 24, at 2 p.m.
ALEX GURNEY, #27 Team KOOL Green Toyota/Swift: (14th in the overall standings with 7 points)
"I'm really excited to be racing in front of Formula One fans in Montreal. It's without a doubt one of the best things about racing in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. I think the whole team is looking to do better than we did in Milwaukee. It was just a bad weekend. The team did great, doing a marathon session to get the car fixed after the accident in Milwaukee. They had the car ready for a shakedown test at Shannonville, a track just outside Toronto. I'm anxious to get the season turned around and I expect to do much better this weekend in Montreal."
KIM GREEN, Team KOOL Green general manager:
"Everyone at Team KOOL Green has been very pleased with Alex's progress in his rookie season in the KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship. This is only his third season of competition (1997 Formula Dodge Midwestern Series and 1998 Barber Dodge Pro Series), and we're seeing him improve every time he goes out in the car. His learning curve has been fairly steep this year. But he acquitted himself well on the ovals, and I'm sure he'll continue to show his progress in the upcoming road course races.
"I know Alex is looking forward to this weekend's race in Montreal. He's glad to be racing on a road course, and it's got to be a thrill for an up-and-coming driver to be racing on the same track as the Grand Prix drivers."