Lynx - Milwaukee Qualifying

Lynx Racing in qualifying for the CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile / Friday, June 2 In qualifying late this afternoon for the CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Miller Lite 225 at the...

Lynx Racing in qualifying for the CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile / Friday, June 2

In qualifying late this afternoon for the CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Miller Lite 225 at the Milwaukee Mile, Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, 21, of Vancouver BC secured the eighth spot on the grid with a lap time of 25.617 sec in his #19 Lynx Racing Swift 008.a. His Lynx teammate, Mike Conte, 31, of Seattle, Washington, qualified 10th with a time of 25.748 sec. in his #17 Lynx Racing/Microsoft Network Swift 008.a. Daniel Wheldon of PPI Racing qualified on the pole, his third of the season, with a lap of 25.150 sec. Just 8/10ths of a second separates first from 13th place in the19 car field. "I was flat out for all three qualifying laps, and two of them were exactly the same to within a hundredth of a second," says Rutledge, who let the first third of this race driving for another team last year. "Unfortunately the car is just a little slow coming off the corners, and on a track like this even a tenth of a second here and there can really make a difference over the course of a 60-lap race. The entire team has worked like heroes to find those couple of tenths, and we're going to have a long hard look at some of our basic setup assumptions tonight. The car is very raceable, and I'm sure we'll be running at the front in the race tomorrow." Conte experienced fuel pressure problems in the two practice sessions leading up to qualifying, and so was forced to 'make our best guess' on the final setup. "We've been chasing a couple of minor but telling mechanical problems, and once we get them sorted our, I'm confident that we'll have a good car for the race," says Conte. "On a short oval like Milwaukee, every element of a car's performance is critical, and because on ovals we have single-car qualifying where you get three warmup laps and two 'hot' laps, there's no opportunity go back and change your setup if you've guessed wrong. But we'll go over the data tonight and make some fairly major changes, which we'll finalize in the pre-race warmup tomorrow morning." The 60-lap, 60-mile race is scheduled to begin at 3:15 pm Central Daylight Time tomorrow and will be televised via espn2 on Sunday, June 11 at 10:00 am (EDT) with an encore presentation on Wednesday, June 14 at 5:00 am (EDT). Round 5 of the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic season takes place on June 17 in Montreal, Canada, as the primary support event to the FIA Formula One Canadian Grand Prix <pre> 1. Daniel Wheldon (R), Newport Beach, Calif, 25.150, 147.722. 2. Martin Basso (R), Rafaela Santa Fe, Argentina, 25.185, 147.516. 3. Andrew Bordin, Woodbridge, Ont. Canada, 25.322, 146.718. 4. Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz, 25.326, 146.695. 5. Alex Gurney, Newport Beach, Calif, 25.384, 146.360. 6. Hoover Orsi (R), Campo Grande, Brazil, 25.496, 145.717. 7. Rocky Moran Jr., Coto de Caza, Calif, 25.601, 145.119. 8. David Rutledge, W. Vancouver, B.C. Canada, 25.617, 145.029. 9. David Cutler, Medina, Wash, 25.679, 144.679. 10. Mike Conte, Seattle, Wash, 25.748, 144.291. 11. T.J. Bell (R), Sparks, Nev, 25.789, 144.061. 12. William Langhorne, Warrentown, Va, 25.851, 143.716. 13. Bob Perona, Denver, Colo, 26.018, 142.793. 14. Masaoki Nagashima, Tokyo, Japan, 26.279, 141.375. 15. Akihiro Asai (R), Toyku, Japan, 26.571, 139.822. 16. Stephen C. Roy (R), Trois-Rivieres, Que. Canada, 26.816, 138.544. 17. Christophe Beauvais, Montreal, Que. Canada, 27.387, 135.656. 18. Joey Scarallo (R), Smithtown, NY, 27.758, 133.842. 19. Pete Mercier (R), Las Vegas, Nev, 0.000, 0.000.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Martin Basso , Hoover Orsi , David Rutledge , Christophe Beauvais , T.J. Bell , Rocky Moran Jr. , David Cutler , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin , Masaoki Nagashima , Akihiro Asai