LYNX RACING LINEUP COMPLETE ____________________________________________________ KARTING/FF2000 STANDOUT ALEX BARRON SIGNED FOR 1997 KOOL/TOYOTA ...
LYNX RACING LINEUP COMPLETE ____________________________________________________
KARTING/FF2000 STANDOUT ALEX BARRON SIGNED FOR 1997 KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP
HIGHLAND PARK, ILL (Jan. 1, 1997) - - Lynx Racing has signed karting/FF2000 standout Alex Barron, of Arcadia, Calif., to drive the team's second car in the 1997 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. The 26-year-old Barron has been a regional, state and national karting champion since 1985 and ran FF2000 in 1996 where he scored a "fastest lap", was on the podium in the final race and finished in the top ten six times during the intensely competitive series that routinely starts fields of 40 or more cars. He will partner the previously-announced Memo Gidley, who stepped into the shoes of 1996 Atlantic series champion Patrick Carpentier. Gidle's racing experience includes bicycles, motorcycles and karts, as well as the USAC Russell Championship Series, Shelby Pro Series, Formula Ford 2000 and Barber Dodge Pro Series. Both drivers will compete in Lynx Racing Ralt RT-41s, with Gidley taking over Patrick Carpentier's lucky No. 19, while Barron will run No. 32. "To be chosen for a championship-winning team like Lynx Racing and paired with a driver as fast and experienced as Memo is the best thing that could have happened at this point in my career," said Barron. "I'd like to thank team owners Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, along with team manager Steve Cameron for giving me this opportunity; and special thanks to my friend and patron, Billy Ewing, who saw me in karting, decided I had a future in racing and has been helping me make things happen ever since. It's going to be a learning season, but I've always felt that you learn to go fast by going as fast as you can, and that's what I plan to do." Lynx Racing is the creation of Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty and is the top team in the intensely competitive KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship --- which is to auto racing what Triple-A baseball is to the major leagues. The team's mission is to seek out young drivers with championship potential and provide them with a "road scholarship" that includes funding, the best equipment, grooming in the social and corporate skills, psychological counseling, driver coaching and everything else they need to succeed at the top levels in the corporate-dominated world of motorsports. "We were keeping an eye on Alex as he ran FF2000 with the DSTP team this year and were impressed with both his speed and attitude," says Lynx Racing co-owner Peggy Haas. "Both played a role in our decision to invite him to drive for us in 1997, along with the fact that he and Memo respect each other and communicate well both between themselves and with the team. It's no easy process, for everyone involved, when new drivers come into a close-knit team that has just had a record-breaking championship season, but we'll all work and grow together, just like we did with Patrick, and hopefully in a year or two we'll have two more Lynx drivers graduating to the PPG Cup or IRL." Gidley and Barron, in addition to their shared karting background, are both graduates of the Cleveland, Ohio-based DSTP Motorsports team, which is to FF2000 what Lynx Racing is to Atlantic; a top team dedicated to training both drivers and team personnel and helping them climb the motorsports ladder. Lynx and DSTP are linked through both philosophy and shared personnel; Lynx Racing team manager Steve Cameron is the driving coach and management consultant to DSTP, while Jim Griffith is the engineer for both teams. "Memo has more experience than Alex, but because hes been racing recently in Barber Dodge where the driver doesnt have as much opportunity to work with suspension changes, Alex adapted to the Atlantic car a little more quickly," says Lynx Racing team manager Steve Cameron. "Now that they've both had several days of testing, theyre turning lap times within a tenth of a second of each other. These are competitive lap times with what Patrick was turning, so we feel confident that Lynx Racing will still be the team to beat in 1997." Lynx Racing will compete in all 12 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship events scheduled for 1997, running ten times on Indy Car weekends, including Miami (March 1), Long Beach (April 12), Nazareth (April 26), Milwaukee (June 1), Cleveland (July 13), Toronto (July 19) , Mid-Ohio (August 10), Road America (August 17), Vancouver (August 30) and Laguna Seca September 6). The series will also run with Formula One in Montreal on June 14, and with Indy Lights and Trans-Am at Trois-Rivieres on August 3.
Contact: Peter W. Frey (818) 909-0985 - phone (818) 909-0922 - fax (818) 378-5309 - cellular
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