HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (July 24, 2002) -- The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship announced today its mid-season payout of the $1,000,000 points fund. Jon Fogarty (Dorricott Racing/Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Swift 014.a), with a total of 74...
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (July 24, 2002) -- The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship announced today its mid-season payout of the $1,000,000 points fund. Jon Fogarty (Dorricott Racing/Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Swift 014.a), with a total of 74 points following the CART Grand Prix of Chicago, earned $47,193.88 of the $500,000 payout.
"The 2002 season is the first time that the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Series has had a $1,000,000.00 points fund," quoted CEO and President, Vicki O'Connor from her Highland Park, Illinois Pro-Motion Agency office. "By paying out $500,000 at the half way point, we feel that we are providing the teams with an important influx of income at a point in the season where this income is most useful to them. The remaining $500,000.00 will be dispersed at the end of the season based on points earned in the second half of the season - Toronto through Denver. The total prize money for the 2002 season exceeds $2,200,000.00, a new record for CART Toyota Atlantic."
In addition to the money earned in the points fund, Fogarty had also won $63,500 in race winnings following the Chicago event, second only to the $66,500 earned by Ryan Hunter-Reay (Hylton Motorsports /Medlock Ames Winery/U.S. Print Swift 014.a).
The season is now entering its stretch run with the final four races of the 2002 campaign taking place during the month of August. Michael Valiante (Lynx Racing Swift 014.a) now leads in the Championship with 101 points, but is followed closely by Hunter-Reay and Fogarty with 93 and 92 points respectively.
For full results and updated statistics, go to www.toyotaatlantic.com
The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is one of the world's premier open-wheel development series and the top rung on CART's "ladder system", as well as having $100,000 race purses and a one million dollar points fund. It is also noted for its long history of graduating its stars into CART competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from the Atlantic Series are CART Champ Car stars Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani as well as former series champions Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Jacques Villeneuve.
<pre> Toyota Atlantic Mid-Year Points Payout
Driver Team Points Payout 1 Jon Fogarty Dorricott Racing 74 47,193.88 2 Michael Valiante Lynx Racing 73 46,556.12 3 Roger Yasukawa Hylton Motorsports 67 42,729.59 4 Luis Diaz Dorricott Racing 60 38,265.31 5 Ryan Hunter-Reay Hylton Motorsports 59 37,627.55 6 Rocky Moran Jr. Sigma Autosport 59 37,627.55 7 Alex Gurney Dorricott Racing 55 35,076.53 8 Rodolfo Lavin Michael Shank Racing 50 31,887.76 9 Jonathan Macri P-1 Racing 47 29,974.49 10 Ryan Dalziel Michael Shank Racing 44 28,061.22 11 Waldemar Coronas Scuadra Fortia 38 24,234.69 12 Grant Ryley Lynx Racing 24 15,306.12 13 Stephan C. Roy BBGP Racing 20 12,755.10 14 Alex Figge Worldspeed Motorsports 18 11,479.59 15 Sepp Koster Michael Shank Racing 18 11,479.59 16 Buddy Rice DSTP Motorsports 18 11,479.59 17 Joey Hand DSTP Motorsports 15 9,566.33 18 Nicolas Rondet Condor Motorsports 9 5,739.80 19 Derek Higgins P-1 Racing 7 4,464.29 20 Dave Wieringa Sigma Autosport 7 4,464.29 21 Frank Dancs Condor Motorsports 6 3,826.53 22 Hugo Oliveras Condor Motorsports 6 3,826.53 23 David Cutler P-1 Racing 5 3,188.78 24 Carl Russo Performance Development 3 1,913.27 25 Alex Garcia Transnet Racing 1 637.75 26 David Martinez Condor Motorsports 1 637.75