CHAMPCAR/CART: Jim Griffith to Leave Lynx Racing in 2000

MOVIN' ON UP Lynx Racing is proud to announce that engineer Jim Griffith will be pursuing an opportunity with a new team in the 2000 season. As with our drivers, Lynx Racing encourages all members of the team to move up to their...

MOVIN' ON UP

Lynx Racing is proud to announce that engineer Jim Griffith will be pursuing an opportunity with a new team in the 2000 season. As with our drivers, Lynx Racing encourages all members of the team to move up to their full potential when the opportunity arises, and such an opportunity has opened for Jim Griffith and his wife Pam. Jim will be moving into an ownership position with a new Atlantic team created to serve as a base for moving up to CART FedEx competition. Data specialist Bruce Potter will also be moving to the new team. The as-yet-unnamed new team will be created in conjunction with Dede Rogers, owner of DSTP racing, Paul Kiebler and other sponsors. DSTP has been a top team in the U.S. F2000 series, and Lynx drivers Alex Barron, Memo Gidley and Buddy Rice have all driven for DSTP prior to moving up to the Lynx Atlantic team. "We hate to lose Jim and Pam because they are valued members of the Lynx family," says team co-owner Peggy Haas. "But it was too great an opportunity for Jim to ignore, and we wish him all the love and success in the world." Next season, Lynx Racing will be entering its 10th year of operation, looking forward to developing new driving talent, and with a history of success that includes such drivers as Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron, Memo Gidley and Buddy Rice. "It's been a great five years with Jim on the team, and we've enjoyed a lot of success together, including championships in 1996 and 1997," says Lynx team manager Steve Cameron. "It'll be an interesting experience to have Jim as a competitor and we look forward to the new season." Lynx is already planning a test program for next season that will begin in Mid-October. More information about Jim's new team will be forthcoming in the next few weeks. "Being a member of the Lynx team is something I will always be proud of," says Griffith. "It was a difficult decision to leave, but I've always wanted to compete in CART, and this opportunity was just too good to pass up." Lynx Racing, owned by Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, 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.' In addition to Buddy Rice and Mike Conte in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic series, Lynx also sponsors a car for the team's first female driver, Sara Senske, 21, of Kennewick, Washington. Senske competes in the Star Mazda Championship, driving a car fielded by Kent Stacy's championship-winning S3 Racing, and in the Women's Global GT series.

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , Buddy Rice , Steve Cameron