It was a tough weekend at 'the office' for Lynx Racing drivers David Rutledge and Jason LaPoint. After a promising start, qualifying second and third respectively, the due had a difficult CART Toyota Atlantic race at Road America this ...
It was a tough weekend at 'the office' for Lynx Racing drivers David Rutledge and Jason LaPoint. After a promising start, qualifying second and third respectively, the due had a difficult CART Toyota Atlantic race at Road America this afternoon.
Rutledge's car was oversteering badly right from the start, and after an off-course excursion into the gravel trap that necessitated a visit to the pits for a new front wing, the Vancouver native finished 13th, a lap down. This leaves him 47 points behind Road America winner Hoover Orsi in the championship, with 20 points awarded for a race win and three races left on the schedule (Vancouver, Houston, Laguna Seca).
"We made some changes to the car during the warm-up that we really didn't have a chance to test fully, and when it came to the race, the car was very loose in the high-speed corners," says Rutledge. "I was able to run with the lead pack, but it was very difficult and it finally caught up with me in turn one. The championship is still in reach, but it's going to take luck and a heroic effort - and if there's a team that can do it, it's Lynx."
LaPoint, in his first-ever Atlantic race and coming off a win from the pole last weekend in the US F2000 race at Mid-Ohio, wrestled a difficult car all race to finish seventh.
"My car was set up exactly the same as in qualifying, but from the first lap it was understeering massively and then going to a snap oversteer," says Lapoint, 24, of Woodburn, Oregon. "We think that something happened to the right rear of the car, either a shock or a stub axle. I worked the sway bars as much as possible and then finally had to just baby it home. My first Atlantic race was a real education, and I'm confident now that if I have a car that's behaving the way we expect it to, we can run with the fast guys. I'm looking forward to Houston and Laguna."
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.