Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, 23, of Vancouver, B.C. qualified on the front row for the start of tomorrow's CART Toyota Atlantic race at Road America. His new teammate, American Jason LaPoint, of Woodburn, Oregon, qualified third in...
Lynx Racing driver David Rutledge, 23, of Vancouver, B.C. qualified on the front row for the start of tomorrow's CART Toyota Atlantic race at Road America. His new teammate, American Jason LaPoint, of Woodburn, Oregon, qualified third in his first-ever Atlantic race. Brazilian Hoover Orsi will start from the pole.
The Rutledge / LaPoint duo are having excellent seasons in their respective series. Rutledge has won three Atlantic races from the pole and is second in the battle for the Atlantic championship. LaPoint, who will drive three races with the Lynx team (including Road America, Houston and Laguna Seca) is second in the US F2000 championship and won from the pole in last weekend's event at Mid-Ohio.
"I had a flyer going but hit some backmarker traffic and that cost me the pole," says Rutledge, who drives the #19 Lynx Racing Swift 008.a. "Starting second may actually work to my advantage at this particular track. The straights here are so long, and the speeds are so high, that drafting plays a big part in things here and the guy on the pole almost never keeps the lead on the second lap. We have a good car, and I'm happy to have a fast teammate to work with, so we'll be going for the win on Sunday."
LaPoint has been fast throughout the weekend's practice sessions, and has impressed up and down pit lane with his speed and mature on-track performance.
"Atlantic is like F2000 on fast-forward, but I've felt comfortable in the car since the moment I got into it," says LaPoint, who drives the #32 Lynx Racing / Infinity Motorsports Swift 008.a. "I was a little surprised when they told me on the radio that I qualified third, but driving with a team of this quality and experience, it's not unexpected. Everybody, David particularly, has been incredibly generous with their time and help in getting me settled into the team and the car, and I'm looking forward to my first Atlantic race."
Tomorrow's pivotal 17-lap race in the Championship fight between Orsi and Rutledge will get under way at 2:30 p.m. Central Standard Time. ESPN2 and ESPN International will broadcast Sunday's Round 9 race from Road America on Sunday, August 26, at 10:00 a.m. ET, while Atlantic fans in Canada can watch the race on CTV SportsNet on Tuesday, August 21, at 7:00 p.m. in the East, Ontario and Pacific time zones, 4:00 p.m. in the West Zone. CTV repeat dates are: ONTARIO, Monday, August 27, 8:00p.m., Tuesday, August 28, 1:00 p.m., WEST, Tuesday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. There are no repeat dates for the EAST and PACIFIC time zones. ESPN2 will replay the race on Saturday, September 1, at 4:30 a.m. ET.