Jon Fogarty is very pleased to have returned to the Toyota Atlantic Championship series. No doubt, Pacific Coast Motorsports feels the same way. The former Atlantic champion swept the two races this weekend at Portland International Raceway. In...
Jon Fogarty is very pleased to have returned to the Toyota Atlantic Championship series. No doubt, Pacific Coast Motorsports feels the same way. The former Atlantic champion swept the two races this weekend at Portland International Raceway.
In race one on Saturday, he battled with Danica Patrick who was looking for her first career win. Fogarty bested the Team Rahal driver and claimed the victory. The double win plus race one's pole vaulted Fogarty to first in the 2004 standings.
Today, his battle was with the Long Beach winner Ryan Dalziel. The Scotsman took the second spot on the podium; 2.562-seconds adrift of the winner. The Sierra Sierra veteran who held the early points lead is now three behind Patrick who retained her second position in the championship points.
Life was not easy for Patrick on the first lap. The polesitter was tagged from behind by Alex Figge as they entered Festival Curves on the 1.969-mile road course. After dropping to the tail of the field, she managed to bring the Dallara home in seventh place.
The race report follows:
The green flag waved, Patrick in her Argent Mortgage Toyota lost ground going into the Festival Curves and got tagged from behind by Figge. She was dead last as the second lap began. Fogarty took the early lead.
Patrick was feeling out the car to see if all was okay as she slowly tried to catch up to the back of the pack. Meanwhile, Dalziel sat second; adrift of Fogarty by 1.3-seconds. The rookie Johnathan Bomarito moved into third in front of another rookie, Andrew Ranger.
Fogarty started to pull away from Dalziel, now by 1.76 seconds as Patrick finally caught up to the back of the field and could mount a challenge.
On lap six, Patrick was listed in 12th. Her teammate Chris Festa had moved into fifth. Bryan Sellers was in sixth. Dalziel held second with a comfortable gap back to Bomarito's Transnet Racing Dallara.
Patrick sat her sights on the rookie Australian Josh Hunt who was in ninth; only one second separated the two. Sellers had Rocky Moran Jr breathing down his neck.
As Patrick continued her driver, race leader Fogarty was ticking off the laps with a cushion over Dalziel. Sellers and Moran Jr still had a tight battle as Patrick moved to eighth to mount the challenge on Moran Jr.
With six laps to go, Patrick closed the gap down to less then two seconds to Moran Jr. Four laps later, she caught Moran Jr to clinch seventh.
In the closing laps, Lynx Racing's Sellers closed on Festa to take fifth position. The two rookies, Bomarito and Ranger finished third and fourth, respectively. Festa ended the day in sixth.
Onto Cleveland, Ohio for the next race on the 3rd of July.