Lynx Racing Mid-season review

THE VIEW FROM HALFWAY THERE Fast Facts: Lynx Racing at the Three Rivers, Mid-Ohio and Road America 1. Lynx Racing has won each of the three upcoming KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship races: all three in 1996...

THE VIEW FROM HALFWAY THERE Fast Facts: Lynx Racing at the Three Rivers, Mid-Ohio and Road America

1. Lynx Racing has won each of the three upcoming KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship races: all three in 1996 with Patrick Carpentier, and Mid-Ohio and Road America in 1997 with Alex Barron -- both drivers are now competing in CART...

2. Current Lynx drivers Memo Gidley and Buddy Rice scored three poles and four wins in the first four races of 1998...

3. Gidley is tied for first in the championship at 86 points and is talking with several CART teams about 1999...

4. Lynx Racing, owned by Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, is one of the most successful open-wheel driver development programs in auto racing today...

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There's an old joke about only being able to go halfway into a forest because beyond that point you're coming out... not that funny, perhaps, but with a kernel of truth... and also an object lesson about the need to pause part way through any complex task and take stock.

Lynx Racing, owned by Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, is one of the most successful driver development programs in open-wheel racing today. The team won back-to-back KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championships in 1996 with Patrick Carpentier and 1997 with Alex Barron. Both were quickly signed by CART teams, thus fulfilling the team's 'prime directive' of spotting penniless potential champions, giving them their big break and helping them make the jump to the top ranks of the sport.

Lynx's 1998 drivers include Memo Gidley, who finished second in the 1997 championship to teammate Barron, and Buddy Rice, who drove for Lynx Racing's 'junior team' in F2000 last year. Between them, they've scored three poles and four straight victories in the first four races of this season.

Then came Montreal, the first race where aerodynamic penalties imposed by Atlantic series management on the dominant Ralt RT-41s used by Lynx and other top teams took full effect and determined the outcome of the race. The Canadian Player's team, running the new Swift 008.a that is favored by the series and will become the 'spec' car next season, scored a dominant 1-2 finish. Rice made a breathtaking start from his second-row qualifying spot to lead the first few laps and still managed to take third, even after being denied a drafting partner when Gidley

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron , Buddy Rice