Lynx Racing Announces Association With Northwest Speedwerx 'Kart2CART' Program KART2CART-Sponsored Driver Grant Ryley Will Race Swift 014.a Fielded by Lynx Racing In 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Season Lynx Racing today announced a...
Lynx Racing Announces Association With Northwest Speedwerx 'Kart2CART' Program
KART2CART-Sponsored Driver Grant Ryley Will Race Swift 014.a Fielded by Lynx Racing In 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Season
Lynx Racing today announced a comprehensive and far-ranging new association with the Northwest Speedwerx 'Kart2CART' program created by Microsoft executive and Star Formula Mazda racer Rick Waddell.
The first element of the joint program will involve Atlantic driver Grant Ryley, 28, of San Jose, California, competing in the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic season in a new Swift 014.a fielded by Lynx Racing and sponsored by Kart2CART. Ryley is a karting champion who is also a top-rated downhill skier and has participated in Trans-Pacific yacht races.
The Kart2CART concept, which closely parallels that of Lynx Racing, is designed to help young American drivers climb the motorsports ladder from karting to the CART Fed Ex series. Further details of Kart2CART, including additional drivers, sponsors and programs, will be announced in the near future. As its name implies, the program's goal is to provide opportunities and sponsorship for drivers and teams at each level of the motorsports ladder, from karting through CART.
"I've been a big fan of the Lynx program for many years, and when we decided to create the Kart2CART program it seemed logical that we should work together," says Waddell. "We're working to create a fully-sponsored ladder that reaches from the bottom of the sport to the top, and being able to draw on the credibility, techniques and expertise of Lynx Racing is a major step forward in achieving that goal."
Lynx Racing, now in its 11th year, is the most unique and successful racing team and driver development program in open-wheel racing today. Owned by two women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, the Lynx program focuses on a driver's mental, psychological and spiritual growth in addition to their on-track skills. Kart2CART drivers will also participate in the Lynx training program. Graduates of the Lynx program include CART FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron and Memo Gidley.
"Lynx has a long and successful history of training North American drivers and graduating them into the CART FedEx series," says Lynx Racing co-owner Peggy Haas. "Rick Waddell and the Kart2CART program share our goals and have enthusiastically embraced our methods, so we're looking forward to having our two programs working in harmony to create even more opportunities for young drivers."
There are currently two drivers in the Lynx Racing program. David Rutledge, 23, of Vancouver, B.C. has won three CART Toyota Atlantic races from the pole and scored three podium finishes in the 2001 season. Sara Senske, 23, of Kennewick, Washington, competes in the Barber Dodge Pro Series and made history earlier this season at the Target Grand Prix of Chicago by becoming the first female driver ever to qualify on the front row and finish on the podium at a CART-sanctioned event.
For further information on Lynx Racing and its drivers, please contact the team's public relations manager, Peter Frey, at (818) 906-6997 or visit the team's web site at www.lynxracing.com. For more information about the CART Toyota Atlantic series, visit www.toyotaatlantic.com, and the Barber Dodge Pro Series web site is located at www.barberdodge.com