Lynx Racing Nazareth Review

Lynx Racing's newest rookie, Buddy Rice, 21, of Phoenix, Arizona, in only his second-ever KOOL/Toyota Atlantic race, won from the pole in the 1998 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented By Toyota at the 1.0-mile Nazareth Speedway, ...

Lynx Racing's newest rookie, Buddy Rice, 21, of Phoenix, Arizona, in only his second-ever KOOL/Toyota Atlantic race, won from the pole in the 1998 Bosch Spark Plug Grand Prix Presented By Toyota at the 1.0-mile Nazareth Speedway, Saturday, April 25. Rice led from flag to flag in a fluid, dominant performance. He finished 12,3-seconds ahead of the second place car of Andrew Bordin, marking the fourth year in a row that a Lynx Racing driver has won this event. Rice's teammate, Memo Gidley, 28, of Novato, California, despite having to pit to replace a disintegrating tire, carved his way back up through the field to finish fourth. "The car handled just perfect all day, and I was able to build up enough of a lead that I could back off a little bit and conserve my tires, which was a problem for several drivers, says Rice". "I'm sorry that Memo had problems during the race, but I'm happy to prove that my pole in Long Beach wasn't a fluke and that I can win races at this level." Combined with the points he gained by leading the most laps and winning first race of the season in the rain at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, Gidley continues to lead the championship by the slimmest of margins, one point, over Andrew Bordin (33 vs. 32), who finished second at both Long Beach and Nazareth. Rice, who was also on the pole at Long Beach, is third in the points with 25. "I started out the race very strong and our top four group was cruising away from the rest of the field," says Gidley. "But then my right front tire started chunking, and I could see that several other cars were having the same problem, so when we had a yellow we all dove into the pits for a tire change. I also had them put a little more rear wing in and the car handled pretty well from there on out. I was able to get back up to fourth, but then I just ran out of laps." Patrick Carpentier (who put his Player's/Forsythe Mercedes- Reynard on the pole for Sunday's CART/FedEx race with a lap record time of 18.419 sec.) started the Lynx Racing Nazareth streak by winning from the outside of the front row as a rookie in 1995. He won again the following year, a season in which he captured the Atlantic championship by winning 9 of 12 races, eight of them in a row from the pole. The team's 1997 rookie, Alex Barron, also won from the pole and went on to win the championship. And, like Carpentier, he was quickly signed by a CART team, Dan Gurney's All-American Racers, and will be competing in Sunday's event. The Nazareth round of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship will be televised on ESPN2, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m., Saturday, May 2. The next event on the 13-race schedule for the 25th anniversary season of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship is the Motorola 300 at Gateway International Raceway on May 22. This is one of two new venues on the schedule this year, including the season-ending Texaco Grand Prix of Houston on October 4. Lynx Racing, now entering its ninth year of operation, is a uniquely successful driver development team owned by two women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty. The team is dedicated to seeking out young drivers with championship potential and helping them make the jump to the top levels of the sport. In addition to Gidley and Rice in the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, Lynx Racing also campaigns an 20-year old karting champion from Kennewick, Washington named Sara Senske. She competes in the ultra-competitive Star Formula Mazda Championship driving a car fielded by S3 Racing.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , Alex Barron , Dan Gurney , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin