Chicago: Transnet Racing race report

Alex Garcia involved in lap one accident at Chicago. Chicago (IL), June 30th, 2002. Venezuelan driver Alex Garcia, competing in the Toyota Atlantic Championship with Transnet Racing, was involved in a first lap accident on the fast one-mile...

Alex Garcia involved in lap one accident at Chicago.

Chicago (IL), June 30th, 2002. Venezuelan driver Alex Garcia, competing in the Toyota Atlantic Championship with Transnet Racing, was involved in a first lap accident on the fast one-mile oval at Chicago Motorspeedway on Sunday, June 30th.

Garcia, who qualified 18th, started the race from row nine and at the green flag was improving his starting position. "At the start of the race, the car felt good," said Garcia. "I went through turns one and two with no problem, but while entering turn three, car #81 driven by Carl Russo, lost control and spun. I also spun a little trying to avoid him but I maintained control. Then, when I was returning to the race line, I was hit by Nicolas Rondet (Condor Motorsports)."

"It was a shame," he added. "The car has improved significantly and we had expected to have a good race. The next couple of races will be on road and street circuits. After testing last month in Buttonwillow (California) and Putnam Park (Indianapolis), both road courses, I feel confident we have the potential for getting better results and closer to our goals."

Garcia also said he is happy to be going to Canada. "I have raced at Mosport successfully, but never in Toronto. I understand the city is beautiful and Canadian people wonderful. They really enjoy their motor racing and support the sport. At Transnet Racing, we are looking forward to competing there."

Transnet Racing was established in 2002 and is based in Atlanta, Georgia (USA).

Next race will be at Toronto (Canada), Sunday July 6th, on a street circuit of 1.755 miles, and will be broadcast by Speed Channel.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Garcia , Carl Russo