Lynx Racing teammates Mike Conte and David Rutledge will start side-by-side in Sunday's running of the sixth round of the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship... unfortunately they'll be starting from the fifth row, having qualified...
Lynx Racing teammates Mike Conte and David Rutledge will start side-by-side in Sunday's running of the sixth round of the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship... unfortunately they'll be starting from the fifth row, having qualified ninth and 10th, respectively. Andrew Bordin, who's home race this is, qualified on the pole with a lap of 66.871sec. (94.480 mph average). Conte qualified at a 68.339 (92.451 mph) while Rutledge turned a 68.383 sec. (92.291mph). David Rutledge, 22, of Vancouver BC, only managed four laps before crashing his #19 Lynx Racing Swift 008.a into the tire barrier in turn 6. "We went from understeer in this morning's session to oversteer in qualifying, but it was still quite a big gain and if we had run the full session I'm confident that we would have been in the top three," says Rutledge. "I had new tires on the car and turned by fastest time on lap four, but on lap five, which is when I put it into the tires I was chasing the rear end around turn six and ran it up into the gray part of the track and lost it. Qualifying tenth is certainly not what we were after, but it's not a disaster either. Memo Gidley had a brilliant drive for Lynx from the back of the pack the last time the Atlantics raced here in 1998, and I'm confident that we'll be able to move toward the front during the race." Rutledge's Lynx Racing teammate, Mike Conte, 31, of Seattle, Washington, fared only slightly better, putting his #17 Lynx Racing/MSN Microsoft Network Swift 008.a ninth on the grid. "Considering that I had cars crash in front of me on three separate occasions during the session, I feel pretty good about qualifying ninth," said Conte. "The car is actually a little better than that because I had to go around traffic on my fastest lap, and I never got another clear lap. The first change we made in the session was the wrong direction, but the second one made it much better so we know the direction to go and we'll make a few adjustments for the morning warmup tomorrow. This is always one of the most interesting, unpredictable races of the season, so just staying out of trouble will be half the battle."
<pre> On Track Schedule Sunday, July 16 8:45 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. CART Toyota Atlantic Warm-Up 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. CART Toyota Atlantic - RACE
CART Toyota Atlantic Television Coverage (EDT) 10:00 am to 11:00 am Sunday July 23 ESPN2 & ESPN International 4:00 am to 5:00 am Thursday July 27 ESPN2 (repeat) 8:30 am to 9:30 am Saturday July 29 RDS (Canada) 7:00 pm to 8:00 pm Monday July 24 CTV (East, Ontario, Pacific) 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm Tuesday July 25 CTV (West Region)