Laguna Seca Results

MONTEREY, Calif. - Anthony Lazzaro picked up his second KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship victory Saturday and Canadian Lee Bentham clinched the drivers' championship with one race to go at the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey. ...

MONTEREY, Calif. - Anthony Lazzaro picked up his second KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship victory Saturday and Canadian Lee Bentham clinched the drivers' championship with one race to go at the Honda Grand Prix of Monterey.

Bentham, of Richmond Hill, Ont., earned his first Atlantic drivers' title by finishing second after starting on the pole and leading the first 21 laps of the 28-lap race at Laguna Seca Raceway. Lazzaro, of Acworth, Ga., slipped by Bentham at the top of the corkscrew with six laps remaining and went on to beat Bentham by .563 second. Kenny Wilden, of Burlington, Ont., finished third. Bentham became the seventh Canadian to win the Atlantic championship.

The 25th anniversary season of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship comes to a close on Oct. 4 at the Texaco Grand Prix of Houston.

MONTEREY, Calif. - Results Saturday of the 28-lap, 62.664-mile KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Laguna Seca Raceway, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out. 1. (4), Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Swift 008.a, 28. 2. (1), Lee Bentham, Richmond Hill, Ont., Swift 008.a, 28. 3. (2), Kenny Wilden, Burlington, Ont., Swift 008.a, 28. 4. (9), Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Swift 008.a, 28. 5. (3), Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Swift 008.a, 28. 6. (6), Rino Mastronardi, Pistoia, Italy, Swift 008.a, 28. 7. (16), Andrew Bordin, Woodbridge, Ont., Swift 008.a, 28. 8. (13), David Rutledge, West Vancouver, B.C., Swift 008.a, 28. 9. (21), Michael Conte, Seattle, Wash., Swift 008.a, 28. 10. (18), Cam Binder, Calgary, Alta., Swift 008.a, 28. 11. (12), Masaoki Nagashima, Tokyo, Japan, Swift 008.a, 28. 12. (19), Eric Lang, New York, N.Y., Swift 008.a, 28. 13. (15), Rob MacDonald, Keswick, Ont., Swift 008.a, 28. 14. (17), Andrea Delorenzi, Ravenna, Italy, Swift 008.a, 28. 15. (23), Joe Sposato, Arcadia, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 28. 16. (14), John Rutherford, Ft. Worth, Texas, Swift 008.a, 28. 17. (24), Rennie Clayton, Tucson, Ariz., Ralt RT-41, 28. 18. (5), Matt Sielsky, Northbrook, Ill., Swift 008.a, 28. 19. (22), Michael David, Corona, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 28. 20. (25), Bob Siska, San Francisco, Calif., Ralt RT-40, 27. 21. (8), David Pook, Long Beach, Calif., Swift 008.a, 22, flat tire. 22. (10), Memo Gidley, Novato, Calif., Swift 008.a, 17, suspension. 23. (20), John Brooks, Tucson, Ariz., Ralt RT-40, 13, mechanical. 24. (7), Nicolas Rondet, San Diego, Calif., Swift 008.a, 9, off course. 25. (11), Derek Hill, Costa Mesa, Calif., Swift 008.a, 0, did not start.

Race Statistics: Time of race: 44 min., 11.726 sec. Average speed: 85.073 mph. Margin of victory: .56300 sec. Lap leaders: Bentham, 1-20; Lazzaro, 21-28. Fastest race lap: Alexandre Tagliani, 1:20.097 (100.588 mph). Point leaders (after 12 of 13 races): Bentham, 149; Bordin, 127; Gidley, 123; Tagliani, 113; Lazzaro, 112; Rice, 108; Sielsky, 102; Wilden, 92; MacDonald, 62; Rutledge, 60. Next race: Oct. 4, Texaco Grand Prix of Houston.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Derek Hill , Memo Gidley , David Rutledge , Anthony Lazzaro , John Rutherford , Buddy Rice , Bob Siska , Andrew Bordin , Rennie Clayton , Masaoki Nagashima , Eric Lang , Lee Bentham , Rino Mastronardi