OMNEM MOVERE LAPIDEM (Leave no stone unturned) Fast Facts: Lynx Racing in the CART Toyota Atlantic Support Race at the Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile, June 2 - 3. - Lynx Racing won the Milwaukee Atlantic race in 1997 with Alex Barron...
OMNEM MOVERE LAPIDEM (Leave no stone unturned)
Fast Facts: Lynx Racing in the CART Toyota Atlantic Support Race at the Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile, June 2 - 3.
- Lynx Racing won the Milwaukee Atlantic race in 1997 with Alex Barron and in 1998 with Memo Gidley. Both have since graduated to drive the CART FedEx series.
- Current Lynx driver David Rutledge finished fourth in this event last year, and, in 1999, led and set the fastest lap of the race before a blistered tire caused him to finish 10th.
- Lynx is unique in being owned by two women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, and in the success former drivers have achieved. Barron and Gidley are CART's 'super-sub' duo, Patrick Carpentier drives for Player's/Forsythe and Jeret Schroeder will start the Indy 500 from the 8th row.
As the recent, and somewhat surprising, qualifying results for the Indy 500 have clearly shown, going fast on an oval is no easy matter.
Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge -- who won the season-opener CART Toyota Atlantic race with a dominant drive from the pole through the streets of Long Beach on April 7 -- had this demonstrated to his dismay in the season's second race on the 1.0-mile oval at Nazareth. Consigned to a 9th-place start by rained-out qualifying, a steady drive and attrition at the front of the field combined to move him up to seventh. He's hoping that a major mechanical change to his car will be the key to unlock the speed needed to win in the series' third round at the Miller Lite 225 on Saturday, June 2.
"It was an eye-opener, and a puzzle," says Rutledge, 22, of Vancouver B.C. who drives the turquoise and yellow #19 Lynx Racing Swift 008.a. "We'd tested extensively and thought we had it all under control, then we get to the track and the car feels great, but we're slow off the turns which makes us slow down the straight and that's the end of your chances of winning. Since then we've spent hundreds of hours working on the problem, but no one thing presented itself as the cure. We're determined to leave no stone unturned in solving the problem, so we're bringing engineer Gerald Tyler in to consult with us at Milwaukee. He helped develop the setup that Anthony Lazarro used to win the Atlantic championship in 1999, and worked with the Dorricott team when they won the Indy Lights championship last year. The engineering talent at Lynx is second to none, but sometimes you need to take a fresh look at things. Gerald gave us a new perspective on our road course setups last year, and if he can help us achieve the same level of performance on the ovals, it will be a huge step toward our goal of winning the Atlantic championship this year."
In 2000, Rutledge qualified 8th and finished 4th, and in 1999 -- driving for another team -- he led and turned the fastest lap of the race before suffering a blistered tire that dropped him to 10th at the finish. Rutledge is now third in the championship points battle with 28. Leading is Hoover Orsi, who finished second at Nazareth, with 34 points. Tony Ave, who won Nazareth, is second with 32. The Toyota Atlantic series' points structure is the same as CART, 20 for a win, one for the pole and one for most laps led. Milwaukee is the third round of a 12-race schedule.
On-track activity for the Atlantic cars begins on Thursday with a 2-hour test session in the morning, and another in the afternoon. Thursday evening, Rutledge and nine other top Atlantic drivers will participate in a March of Dimes charity go-kart race and autograph session in the Trade Mart Building just outside the infield tunnel. Qualifying takes place 4:15 pm to 5:15 pm Friday, June 1, and the 65-lap Atlantic race takes the green flag at 3:15 pm, Saturday, June 2. The Milwaukee round of the CART Toyota Atlantic series will air on ESPN2 on Sunday, June 10th at 6:00 pm (EST), with a re-broadcast on Wednesday, June 13th at 4:30 am (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, Alex Barron and Memo Gidley.
Current Lynx drivers include Rutledge and Sara Senske, 21, of Kennewick, Washington. Senske, now in her fifth year as a Lynx driver, drives the #19 Lynx Racing Reynard 98E in the Barber Dodge Pro Series. Rutledge's teammate on the Atlantic team is Michael Valiante, 21, also of Vancouver, B.C. Valiante, an international karting champion and standout driver in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, drove in the opening round at Long Beach, finishing fourth, and will run five more races during the season, including all four Canadian rounds as well as the season closer at Laguna Seca. He drives the #95 Lynx Racing Swift 008.a sponsored by Italian Motors, Diagem, ITALKART and NEWLIFE Development.