SALINAS, Calif. (September 12, 1998) - MCI Racing Team/Precision Preparation, Inc. (PPI) driver Anthony Lazzaro won today's Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Laguna Seca grabbing his second victory of the year in the number 25 MCI Swift. ...
SALINAS, Calif. (September 12, 1998) - MCI Racing Team/Precision Preparation, Inc. (PPI) driver Anthony Lazzaro won today's Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Laguna Seca grabbing his second victory of the year in the number 25 MCI Swift. His teammate, Masaoki Nagashima racing the number 24 Panasonic Duskin/Swift, finished 11th. Lazzaro qualified fourth for the 12th race of the 1998 Atlantic season and Nagashima qualified 11th on his first visit to the legendary road course. Lazzaro passed Buddy Rice on the second lap immediately beginning his assault on the two drivers ahead of him. On the 18th lap, Lazzaro took advantage on the re-start and passed Kenny Wilden for second place. He then overtook Lee Bentham for first place on the 21st lap and cruised to victory. Lazzaro and the MCI/PPI team's efforts also included winning the KOOL Move of the Race Award and the Yokohama Now You've Got Control Award. The team can now credit for the season: two wins, three poles and two fastest race laps.
"It was very exciting," said Lazzaro. "I'm sure there have been more exciting passes for the lead here in the corkscrew, but Laguna is such a great race track, and what a place to pull it off, right there on the top. I'm just really happy for MCI and my team. Poles, wins and fastest race laps, that's what makes this thing tick. We'll come back next year and try a run at the championship."
"Anthony showed us again today why we have so much confidence in him," said Nick Harvey, Team Manager. "We are very proud of the MCI/PPI Toyota team and what they have done in getting our cars back together after Vancouver in four short days. This win means everything to our team and sponsors."
Today's race will air tape delay on ESPN2. Please check your local listings for exact air time and date.
The final race of the season will be the inaugural Texaco Grand Prix of Houston, Sunday, October 4, on the city's 1.68-mile temporary street course.