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"If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants." -- Sir Isaac Newton / 1642 - 1727 Fast Facts Lynx Racing in the CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Toyota...

"If I have seen farther than other men, it is because I stood on the shoulders of giants." -- Sir Isaac Newton / 1642 - 1727

Fast Facts Lynx Racing in the CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 14 -- 15

While Sir Isaac Newton's Laws of Motion are well-known, his Laws of Concrete, developed with racing drivers on street circuits in mind, have only recently come to light:
1) A body in motion can only stay in motion by staying away from the concrete.
2) The acceleration of a mass is directly proportional to the driver's ability to go as fast as possible without hitting the concrete.
3) For every impatient action the concrete produces an immediate and expensive reaction.

With these laws firmly in mind, 'aggressive patience' will be the order of the day for Lynx Racing drivers David Rutledge and Mike Conte this weekend in the CART Toyota Atlantic support race at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Coming off a tough season-opening double-header at the Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami on March 25-26 that produced mid-field qualifying positions but top-10 race results, the duo are rested, tested and optimistic about their chances on the 1.97-mile, 11-turn temporary circuit through the streets of downtown Long Beach. "Racing in Long Beach is a balancing act between speed and intelligence," says Rutledge, 21, of Vancouver, B.C. "You have to be aggressive in practice so that you can get a good setup for qualifying. And you have to be aggressive in qualifying so you can start up front because it's hard to pass and there are always a lot of yellow flags. But you have to be smart about picking the right time and place to be aggressive or you wind up tangling with another car or the wall, which is what happened to me last year. This year I'm just as aggressive, but I'm smarter, so I'm expecting a better result." At Long Beach last year, driving for another team, Rutledge qualified 13th, suffered front wing damage early in the race and was black-flagged to have it checked, dropping him to 17th at the finish. Mike Conte, driving for Lynx last year, spun on the re-start after a yellow flag on lap 10 and, although his car was not damaged, could not get it re-started and had to spend the rest of the race on the sidelines. "If you were looking for ways to torture a racing driver, having him sit by the side of the road with an undamaged car that won't re-start is right up there," says Conte, 31, of Seattle, Washington. "Thankfully that's not something likely to happen twice, because I really like racing at Long Beach, and with the very productive testing we did immediately after Miami, the team is very optimistic coming into this weekend. It's important to roll off the trailer with a good setup here because you don't get much track time, and what you do get is usually compromised by yellow-flag incidents or traffic. Long Beach is like a magnifying glass that focuses your effort and concentration and that's when this team really shines." Rutledge and Conte will be aided in their quest for victory at Long Beach by the addition of consulting engineer Gerald Tyler to Lynx Racing's already-formidable engineering staff of Steve Conover and Craig Perkins. Tyler, who has extensive experience, is currently an engineer for Dorricott Racing, winners of the 1999 Indy Lights championship. "Steve and Craig are doing a terrific job," says Lynx Racing team manager Steve Cameron. "Adding Gerald to the mix will accelerate our learning curve and help us continue to build the team's engineering strength for the future." 2000 marks the 10th 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 spiritual and psychological 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.

Event Schedule (all times PDT)
Friday, April 14
8:00 am -- 8:30 am Atlantic practice
4:30 pm -- 5:00 pm Atlantic preliminary qualifying

Saturday, April 15
8:55 am -- 9:30 am Atlantic final qualifying
3:15 pm -- 4:15 pm Atlantic race
Television Schedule
4:30 p.m. (ET) ESPN2
5:00 a.m. (ET) ESPN2 (repeat)

Next CART Toyota Atlantic Race
June 3 Miller Lite 225 / The Milwaukee Mile / 1.0-mile oval Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , David Rutledge , Steve Cameron