Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, 23, of Vancouver, B.C. soldiered through a difficult weekend at the Burke Lakefront Airport to start fifth and finish sixth in today's CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland ...
Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, 23, of Vancouver, B.C. soldiered through a difficult weekend at the Burke Lakefront Airport to start fifth and finish sixth in today's CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland Presented by FirStar.
The event was won by Hoover Orsi, who moves into the lead of the championship points battle with 74 points to Rutledge's 72. The Atlantic series awards 20 points for a win, and there are seven races left in the 12-race Atlantic season. Round 6 of the 12 event CART Toyota Atlantic Championship will be held in two weeks as part of the Molson Indy Toronto at the Canadian National Exhibition Place in Toronto, Ontario Canada.
Rutledge was forced to qualify his backup car when his primary car was damaged in an off-course excursion during Saturday morning practice. He was third fast in the pre-race warmup Sunday morning, but suffered a broken front wing in the first lap, first turn melee that has become a trademark of the Cleveland race. The 32-lap event was red flagged after 12 laps due to rain, allowing the team to switch to rain tires and change the damaged nose.
"We've been developing our dry setup and had the race remained dry, we would certainly have been on the podium," said Rutledge. "We didn't have time to go to a full wet setup during the red flag, and so my car was oversteering very badly. This kept me from putting the power down and the cars that passed me just accelerated away at the exits of the turns. Still, we brought the car home, scored some points, and we're confident of re-taking the lead in the championship at Toronto."
ESPN2 and ESPN International will broadcast Sunday's Round 5 race from Cleveland on Saturday, July 7, at 4:30 p.m. ET, while Atlantic fans in Canada can watch the race on CTV SportsNet on Tuesday, July 10, at 7:00 p.m. in all four time zones. CTV repeat dates are: EAST, Wednesday, July 11, 2:30 p.m., ONTARIO, Wednesday, July 11, 4:30 p.m., Tuesday, July 17, 2:30 p.m., Friday, July 20, 2:00 p.m., PACIFIC, Saturday, July 14, 11:00 p.m., and WEST, Wednesday July 11, 4:00 p.m. ESPN2 will replay the race on Friday, July 13, at 4:00 a.m. ET.