Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, after being gridded 9th when Saturday qualifying was rained out, drove a flawless, drama-free race to finish 7th. The 65-lap event was won by pole-sitter Tony Ave, with Hoover Orsi and Rudolfo Lavin ...
Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, after being gridded 9th when Saturday qualifying was rained out, drove a flawless, drama-free race to finish 7th. The 65-lap event was won by pole-sitter Tony Ave, with Hoover Orsi and Rudolfo Lavin rounding out the podium positions.
The weekend's results leave Rutledge, who came to Nazareth leading the points after a victory from the pole in the Atlantic season opener at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, sitting third with 28 points. Orsi leads with 32 and Ave is second with 31. The Atlantic series awards 20 points for a victory, with one point each for pole position and most laps led.
"It was a character-building weekend, for sure," said Rutledge, 22, of Vancouver B.C. "We never quite found the setup and were always a few tenths of a second off the pace. And at a track like this, with 23-second laps times, a few tenths is a lot of time. We worked until we had a reasonable car for the race, and if we had been able to qualify and start up where we should have, it was certainly capable of a top-5 finish, perhaps a top-3. Milwaukee is next, and we struggled there last year, so we'll do a couple of days of oval testing between now and then to make sure we're on the pace. The Lynx team is determined to make this a championship season, and we're working full-time and flat-out to make that happen." The race will be broadcast on ESPN2 on Sunday, May 13th at 10:30 pm (Eastern Standard Time).
The next event on the Atlantic schedule is at the famed Milwaukee Mile on June 2. Lynx won the event there in 1998 with Memo Gidley driving. Other Lynx alumni include Patrick Carpentier and Alex Barron.