Lynx Houston preview

- Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, who finished second in this event last year, has already won three races from the pole this year. He is the leading candidate to win in the streets of Houston and move up to CART in 2002. - His teammate,...

- Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, who finished second in this event last year, has already won three races from the pole this year. He is the leading candidate to win in the streets of Houston and move up to CART in 2002.

- His teammate, Jason LaPoint, who won the U.S. F2000 championship last Sunday at Sebring, is a highly regarded rookie making his second Atlantic start with the Lynx team.

- Lynx is the most unique and successful driver development program in open-wheel racing today. Now in its 11th year, Lynx is owned by two women

- Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty - and includes among its graduates CART FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier, Memo Gidley and Alex Barron. The program focuses on mental and spiritual growth as well as on-track performance.

Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge and his teammate, Jason LaPoint, will be putting on a show in the streets at the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston this weekend... the kind of show you don't see much of in racing these days - a flat-out sprint from start to finish. No consideration of fuel or championship points will slow these drivers down. With the championship already won by Hylton Motorsports driver Hoover Orsi in the previous race at Vancouver, there's nothing left to win but the race in Houston. Obviously we're not talking about the champ cars, but rather the CART Toyota Atlantic support series that serves as a triple-A training ground for hot young drivers hoping to graduate into CART's 'major leagues.' Both Rutledge, who has already won three races from the pole this season and finished second in Houston last year, and LaPoint, the 2001 U.S. F2000 champion making his second-ever Atlantic start, drive for Lynx Racing, the most unique and successful combination of racing team and driver development program in open-wheel racing today. Lynx graduates include CART FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier (Player's/ Forsythe) and Memo Gidley (Target Chip Ganassi), as well as Alex Barron. "The single thing on my mind this weekend is to win the pole and win the race," says Rutledge, 23, of Vancouver, BC. "It's time for me to move up to CART, and winning the last two races at Houston and Laguna Seca would be a great way to finish off a really good season. We've done a lot of work and preparation leading up to these final two races, and I know that the team and I are focused on exactly the same goals." Rutledge's teammate in the final two races is Jason LaPoint, the 24 year-old phenom from Woodburn, Oregon who won the U.S. F2000 championship last weekend at Sebring in his #89 Van Diemen Ford fielded by the Richard Morgan Racing team (with sponsorship from Infinity Racing, Regency Aviation and Trackmagic Karts). LaPoint made his Atlantic debut with Lynx Racing at Road America on August 19, qualifying second and finishing 7th with handling problems. "There's no better way for a driver to come into a race than to have won the last one," says LaPoint, who is also an international karting champion. "Momentum is a real force during a race weekend, and I'm carrying a ton of it into Houston. Getting to drive with a top team like Lynx gives me a real feeling of optimism about both Houston and my chances of moving up to Atlantic full-time next year." Action at Houston begins on Thursday, Oct. 4 with an informal press conference at the Davy Jones Kart Track 12:30 pm - 3.00 pm. On-track action begins Friday morning, with qualifying scheduled for 1:00 pm on Saturday. The 43 lap Atlantic race takes the green flag at 10:15 am Sunday, Oct. 7. The race will air on ESPN2 and ESPN International Saturday, Oct. 13 at 4:00 pm. (EST). 2001 marks the 11th anniversary of Lynx Racing, one of the most unique organizations in auto racing today. Created and owned by two women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, Lynx is both a championship winning racing team and a uniquely successful driver development program that focuses on a driver's mental, psychological and spiritual growth in addition to their on-track skills. The Lynx mission is to seek out young drivers with the desire and potential to become champions at the highest levels of the sport and provide them with the funding, equipment and training to take the last step toward realizing that potential, a process the team calls 'Destiny by Design.' Lynx alumni include CART FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier, Memo Gidley and Alex Barron.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , Hoover Orsi , David Rutledge , Alex Barron , Davy Jones , Chip Ganassi