Friday, Sept. 5, 1997 Laguna Seca is round 12 of the 12-race KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship, sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. Now in its 24th season, the $1.38 million 1997 KOOL/TOYOTA ...
Friday, Sept. 5, 1997
Laguna Seca is round 12 of the 12-race KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship, sanctioned by SCCA Pro Racing. Now in its 24th season, the $1.38 million 1997 KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship is the richest longest-running open-wheel development series in North America, and a primary training ground for future Indy car and Formula One drivers. The Toyota Grand Prix of Monterey is the season finale of the 12-race KOOL/ TOYOTA Atlantic Championship. 35 drivers are entered but the race will focus on the two drivers who still have a chance to win the Atlantic championship - series points leader and four-time winner (Milwaukee, Nazareth, Mid-Ohio, Road America) Alex Barron, and two-time winner (Toronto, Vancouver) Memo Gidley. Barron holds a 20-point cushion, 156-136, over Gidley and could clinch the series title with a 14th place finish or better. LAST YEAR: Patrick Carpentier capped a dream season by posting a record eighth-straight victory from the pole. Carpentier’s ninth victory of the 1996 season tied him with the legendary Gilles Villeneuve for most Atlantic victories in a single season. Carpentier also broke the single-season record for earnings with $226,500. He also tied Villeneuve’s 20-year record for most victories from the pole with eight, and smashed a host others including most poles in a season with eight, most consecutive victories with eight, and most points in a single season with 239. TRACK: 2.238-mile / 3.60-km, 11-turn road course SCHEDULE (PT): Fri. Sept. 5 practice: 12:15 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. qualifying: 4:45 p.m. to 5:15 p.m. Sat. Sept. 6 qualifying: 8:00 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
RACE: 3:30 p.m. (Pacific time zone) 28 laps - 62.664 miles TELEVISION: ESPN2 - - Sun. Sept. 14 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET CTV - - Sat. Sept. 20 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. ET RDS - - Sun.. Sept. 14 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET
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JOHN BROOKS had an unfortunate entrance to Laguna Seca which had a fortunate ending. Upon entering the track Thursday morning, Brooks’ truck transmission caught fire, leaving the truck stranded on the hill outside the paddock. The driver of the Featherlite trailer parked his rig and then came to Brooks’ aid by bringing the Port-A-Cool Racing trailer into the Atlantic paddock. Of special note, Brooks does not drive a Featherlite. Brooks and Port-A-Cool Racing wish to extend a gracious and heartfelt "thank you" to the true gentlemen of Featherlite Trailers. (Sue Brooks) BROOKS reports that his truck has subsequently been towed off-site for service. On an unrelated note, Brooks reports that a fresh Bertils motor will be used this weekend and he is looking forward to a great run. One of Brooks’ previous runs at Laguna Seca was in an Indy car for Arizona Motorsports, where he qualified well within the 115% rule but was excluded with six other drivers due to an overcrowded pit lane. (Sue Brooks) Series points leader ALEX BARRON is a world-class, multi-championship winning go-kart racer, who is in just his second year of car racing. His open-wheel "formula" car experience began with the Lynx Racing-affiliated DSTP Motorsports team in the U.S. Formula Ford 2000 championship. (Peter Frey) One of STEVE KNAPP’S key sponsors, ICG Telecom Group, Inc., is one of the leading telecommunications companies in the United States. The Englewood, Colorado-based corporation is a wholly owned subsidiary of ICG Communications, Inc., a leading competitive local exchange carrier (CLEC), with clustered, regional networks in California, Colorado, and the Ohio Valley, including the Louisville, Kentucky market. ICG also operates fiber-optic, local telephone and data networks in Texas and the Southeast, including Alabama, North Carolina, and Tennessee. ICG's mission is to become the dominant, state-wide CLEC in markets served by bringing the benefits of advanced communications technology and world-class services to local telephone markets previously served by a single operator. (Scott Gates) Platinum Sound, sponsor of Team Platinum and driver ANTHONY LAZZARO, has a guaranteed spot on the podium this weekend regardless of Lazzaro’s race finish. Platinum Sound will award one of their popular Per4mer Turbo Racing Wheels and one of their top-end Platinum Sound SR2000 Subwoofer Speaker Systems with SRS Surround Sound to the top-three race finishers. Platinum Sound initiated the award program at Mid-Ohio in round nine for the remainder of the season at the U.S. racing venues. Platinum Sound products feature accessory and peripherals for the multimedia and communications segments of the personal computer industry. The Company also has the worldwide manufacturing and marketing rights to the Per4mer Turbo Wheel, an arcade racing wheel for Sega, SNES, Sony Playstation, and the IBM-PC platforms.
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