Denver: Notes of interest, schedule

WHAT: Argent Mortgage Challenge WHERE: Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver - Denver, Colorado. WHEN: Friday-Sunday, August 29 - 31. CART TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (All times local): FRIDAY, AUGUST 29 Practice, 8:45 - 9:15 ...

WHAT:  Argent Mortgage Challenge

WHERE: Centrix Financial Grand Prix of Denver - Denver, Colorado.
WHEN: Friday-Sunday, August 29 - 31.

CART TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (All times local):

FRIDAY, AUGUST 29
Practice, 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.
First Round Qualifying, 1:45 - 2:15 p.m.

SATURDAY, AUGUST 30
Practice, 9:15 - 9:45 a.m.
Final Qualifying, 3:00 - 3:30 p.m.

SUNDAY, AUGUST 31
Warm-Up, 8:00 - 8:15 a.m.
Argent Mortgage Challenge, 10:30 - 11:30 a.m.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE: SPEED Channel:
SUNDAY, AUGUST 31 - 2:00 p.m. ET.
FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 5 - Rebroadcast, 2:00 p.m. ET.

TRACK LAYOUT:  1.647-mile temporary street circuit.

RACE LENGTH: 37 laps (60.939 miles) or 50 minutes

RACE ROUND: 11 of 12 in the 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship.
NEXT EVENT: September 28; Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic 100k; Grand Prix Americas; Miami, Florida, USA.

INSTANT REPLAY: Jon Fogarty claimed the lead from polesitter Ryan Dalziel on Lap 12 and led the rest of the way to pick up his second victory of the season and clinch the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship title by 11 points over Michael Valiante. Dalziel finished second, 0.652 seconds back, with Fogarty's Dorricott Racing teammate in third. Argentine Waldemar Coronas took a career-best result with a fourth place finish, and was followed by Jonathan Macri in fifth. Valiante, who led the championship by six points entering the season finale at Denver, finished 12th after a spin while battling Gurney for third place late in the running.

* Local Angles: Championship leader A.J. Allmendinger (#4 RuSPORT) and rookie Aaron Justus (#3 RuSPORT) drive for the Loveland, Colo.-based RuSPORT team. Pacific Coast Motorsports driver Alex Figge (#69 Wine Country Motorsports/Patrick Racing/Trench Shoring) was born in Boulder, Colo.

* And Then There Were Two: RuSPORT rookie A.J. Allmendinger (#4 RuSPORT) and Sierra Sierra Enterprises pilot Ryan Dalziel (#28 Pro-Works/Discovery Lake/Daily Record) are the only two drivers in mathematical contention for the championship heading into Sunday's Argent Mortgage Challenge, Round 11 of the 12-race 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. Allmendinger leads Dalziel by 26 points, and will clinch the title if he is able to leave Denver with at least a 22-point lead. Both drivers will participate in Thursday's media luncheon at Ridgeline Restaurant in the Pepsi Center. One-on-one interviews will begin at 11:30 a.m. with the formal program set to begin at 12:00 Noon.

* Let's Make A Deal: Lynx Racing pilot Michael Valiante (#19 Lynx Racing) announced during the Vancouver Champ Car weekend that he is working together with long-time Champ Car World Series team Walker Racing to put together a Champ Car program for the 2004 season. Valiante and the team are diligently pursuing sponsorship, and if those efforts prove successful, the Canadian will join Toyota Atlantic grad Rodolfo Lavin and 2003 Champ Car rookie Darren Manning on a three-car team.

* Denver Nuggets: Rookie A.J. Allmendinger (#4 RuSPORT) has started from the pole position in each of the past five races and has four victories over the same time span. He has not failed to qualify outside the top-three in any race thus far in his Toyota Atlantic career. Ryan Dalziel (#28 Pro-Works/Discovery Lake/Daily Record) has finished inside the top-five in eight straight races and 11 of the last 12 dating to a third place run at Montreal last season. Michael Valiante (#19 Lynx Racing) has started and finished inside the top four in each of his past six starts, highlighted by his second victory of the season and fifth of his career in the Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio two races ago. Jonathan Macri (#84 NTN Bearings) is the only driver in the series to have finished inside the top eight positions in every race thus far in 2003. Joey Hand (#27 DSTP Motorsports) has finished inside the top five in each of his past three starts dating to a fourth place run in the Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres early this month.

* Adding To History: The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is celebrating its 30th Anniversary throughout the 2003 season. The series has produced notable racing superstars such as Formula 1 stars Gilles Villeneuve and Keke Rosberg; Champ Car champions Bobby Rahal, Michael Andretti, and Jimmy Vasser; 1995 Champ Car champion and Indy 500 winner and 1997 Formula 1 World Champion Jacques Villeneuve, as well as current Champ Car World Series competitors Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani, Paul Tracy, Roberto Moreno, Ryan Hunter-Reay, and Rodolfo Lavin.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Ryan Dalziel , Darren Manning , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Roberto Moreno , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Tagliani , Paul Tracy , Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Joey Hand , Jonathan Macri , Gilles Villeneuve , Ryan Hunter-Reay , A.J. Allmendinger , Keke Rosberg , Rodolfo Lavin , Alex Figge , Aaron Justus