KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Results - Gateway

MADISON, Ill. - Anthony Lazzaro, of Acworth, Ga., recorded his second straight wire-to-wire KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship victory Saturday at Gateway International Raceway, part of After pulling out to a comfortable margin ...

MADISON, Ill. - Anthony Lazzaro, of Acworth, Ga., recorded his second straight wire-to-wire KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship victory Saturday at Gateway International Raceway, part of After pulling out to a comfortable margin early, Lazzaro was never seriously threatened en route to his seventh Atlantic career victory, beating runner-up David Rutledge, of W. Vancouver, B.C., by 1.762 seconds. Rutledge scored his highest finish in Atlantic competition, moving from sixth to second. Alexandre Tagliani, of Lachenaie, Que., finished third, and was involved in a battle for second place with Sam Hornish, Jr., for most of the race, before Rutledge drafted past both for second place with just a few laps left. Hornish, Jr., of Defiance, Ohio, finished an Atlantic-career high fourth. Lazzaro now leads with drivers' points standings with 60, with Taglinai in second at 35 points. The KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship continues next Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.

Results Saturday of the 50-lap, 63.5-mile KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Motorola 300 at Gateway International Raceway, with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, hometown, car, laps completed, and reason out, if any.

1. (1), Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Swift 008.a, 50. 2. (6), David Rutledge, W. Vancouver, B.C., Canada, Swift 008.a, 50. 3. (3), Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Canada, Swift 008.a, 50. 4. (7), Sam Hornish,_Jr., Defiance, Ohio, Swift 008.a, 50. 5. (5), Nicolas Rondet, San Diego, Calif., Swift 008.a, 50. 6. (4), Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Swift 008.a, 50. 7. (2), Andrew Bordin, Woodbridge, Ont., Canada, Swift 008.a, 50. 8. (16), Mike Conte, Seattle, Wash., Swift 008.a, 50. 9. (10), Kenny Wilden, Burlington, Ont., Canada, Swift 008.a, 50. 10. (12), Cam Binder, Calgary Alta., Canada, Swift 008.a, 50. 11. (8), Alex Gurney, Newport Beach, Calif., Swift 008.a, 50. 12. (11), Jean-Francois Veilleux, Boucherville, Que., Canada, Swift 008.a, 49. 13. (15), John Brooks, Tucson, Ariz., Swift 008.a, 48. 14. (9), Masaoki Nagashima, Tokyo, Japan, Swift 008.a, 26, bodywork. 15. (14), David Cutler, Medina, Wash., Swift 008.a, 12, contact. 16. (13), Bob Perona, Denver, Colo., Swift 008.a, 12, contact. 17. (17), Lee Bentham, Newmarket, Ont., Canada, Swift 008.a, 0, did not start.

Race Statistics: Time of race: 32:53.296. Average speed: 115.846 mph. Margin of victory: 1.762 sec. Fastest race lap: Rutledge and Lazzaro, 30.320/150.792 mph. Lap leaders: Lazzaro, 1-50. Cautions: one, for 10 laps. Point leaders (after 3 of 12 races): Lazzaro, 60; Tagliani, 35; Rutledge, 28; Rice, 28; Wilden, 21; Bordin, 20; Bentham, 18; Veilleux, 17; Hornish, 17; Rondet 16. Next race: Saturday, June 5, Milwaukee Mile.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , David Rutledge , Anthony Lazzaro , David Cutler , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin , Masaoki Nagashima , Sam Hornis , Lee Bentham