THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD Part 1: Preliminary Qualifying - A Fine Day for Motor Racing It is an indisputable truth that, like fishing, any day at the track is better than any day at the office. And, all in all, Friday was a fine day...
THE LONG AND WINDING ROAD
Part 1: Preliminary Qualifying - A Fine Day for Motor Racing It is an indisputable truth that, like fishing, any day at the track is better than any day at the office. And, all in all, Friday was a fine day for motor racing - particularly if you are a current driver for, or graduate of, Lynx Racing, the most unique and successful driver development program in open wheel racing today. Lynx graduate Patrick Carpentier (the team's Atlantic champion in 1996 and now driving for Player's/ Forsythe) was third in today's preliminary qualifying for the Texaco/Havoline 220 (Note: The race distance was increased from 200 to 220 miles, thereby requiring a third pit stop which should allow drivers to run at top speed for the full distance rather than making it a fuel economy run as in previous years.) And Lynx's latest graduate, Memo Gidley, now driving for Walker Racing, stunned both his new team and onlookers in the pressroom and paddock with a lap that put him fourth on the provisional grid. Final qualifying for both series takes place tomorrow, and, barring the vagaries of weather, times are expected to get faster. In other, related news, Lynx Racing's 1997 champion, Alex Barron, who has been driving for Dan Gurney's All-American Racers but was removed from the car for three races and replaced by veteran Gaulter Salles so the team could have a 'second opinion' to aid in development of the Gurney Eagle, tested with Penske at Michigan last weekend. Barron turned laps of 227 mph, the second fastest time of the test, several mph than the current Penske chassis has achieved in previous testing. "We're happy, but not really surprised," says Lynx Racing team manager Steve Cameron. "We chose all four of these drivers with no other criteria in mind than their ability, accomplishments, and potential. They're already really fast drivers with a history of winning before we sign them for the program, and then we give them a comprehensive education in both the on-track and technical aspects of racing. And we use the feedback we get from our drivers that have graduated to CART to modify our program to better prepare each succeeding generation of drivers. Our goal is to make Lynx racing a brand name that is associated throughout all areas of motorsports with producing top drivers. Whenever there's a ride with a top team available, we want them to think of a Lynx driver first. And, judging from how our graduates are doing, I'd say we're on the right track."
Saturday, July 17 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. First broadcast ESPN2 and ESPN Intl. Monday, July 19 1:00 a.m. - 2:00 a.m. Repeat broadcast Monday, July 19 5:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m. Repeat broadcast Tuesday, July 20 8:00 p.m. / CTV (Canada) Sunday, August 1 Check local listings / RDS (Canada)
Next KOOL/Toyota Atlantic event on the schedule:
Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres / August 1
July 6, 1999