POINTS LEADER LEE BENTHAM RECORDS SECOND VICTORY OF SEASON AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio - Lee Bentham recorded his second KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship victory of the season Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. ...
POINTS LEADER LEE BENTHAM RECORDS SECOND VICTORY OF SEASON AT MID-OHIO
LEXINGTON, Ohio - Lee Bentham recorded his second KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship victory of the season Sunday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Bentham, of Richmond Hill, Ont., was running second to teammate Alex Tagliani after four laps but inherited the lead when Tagliani suffered mechanical problems, dropping him out of the race. Bentham, who leads the championship with four races to go, went on to beat runner-up Buddy Rice, of Phoenix, Ariz., by 9.211 seconds. Matt Sielsky, of Northbrook, Ill., was third.
The victory was the fourth in the last five races for Bentham's Player's-Forsythe team and increased his point total to 121. Tagliani, who started on the pole, is second with 99 points. Memo Gidley is third with 98.
The KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship continues next Sunday, Aug. 16, at the Road America course in Elkhart Lake, Wis.
LEXINGTON, Ohio - Results Sunday of the 25-lap, 56.45-mile KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, with finishing position, starting position in parenthesis, driver, hometown, car, laps completed and reason out, if any. 1. (2), Lee Bentham, Richmond Hill, Ont., Swift 008.a, 25. 2. (5), Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Swift 008.a, 25. 3. (6), Matt Sielsky, Northbrook, Ill., Swift 008.a, 25. 4. (8), Rino Mastronardi, Pistoia, Italy, Swift 008.a, 25. 5. (13), Andrew Bordin, Woodbridge, Ont., Swift 008.a, 25. 6. (9), David Pook, Long Beach, Calif., Swift 008.a, 25. 7. (12), Rob MacDonald, Keswick, Ont., Swift 008.a, 25. 8. (14), Masaoki Nagashima, Tokyo, Japan, Swift 008.a, 25. 9. (3), Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Swift 008.a, 25. 10. (11), Derek Hill, Costa Mesa, Calif., Swift 008.a, 25. 11. (17), John Rutherford, Ft. Worth, Texas, Swift 008.a, 25. 12. (15), David Rutledge, West Vancouver, B. C., Swift 008.a, 25. 13. (20), Robert Sollenskog, Antioch, Ill., Swift 008.a, 25. 14. (19), Michael David, Corona, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 25. 15. (22), Joe Sposato, Arcadia, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 24. 16. (23), Bob Siska, San Francisco, Calif., Ralt RT-40, 24. 17. (26), John Brooks, Tucson, Ariz., Ralt RT-40, 24. 18. (24), Sergei Szortyka, Sinking Spring, Pa., Ralt RT-41, 24. 19. (18), Michael Conte, Seattle, Wash., Swift 008.a, 23. 20. (21), Zak Brown, Indianapolis, Ind., Swift 008.a, 23. 21. (7), Cam Binder, Calgary, Alta., Swift 008.a, 23. 22. (27), Bob Ferstl, Houston, Texas, Ralt RT-41, 23. 23. (25), George Frazier, Prospect, Ky., Ralt RT-41, 21, gearbox. 24. (16), Eric Lang, New York, N.Y., Swift 008.a, 20, mechanical. 25. (1), Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Swift 008.a, 7, mechanical. 26. (4), Kenny Wilden, Burlington, Ont., Swift 008.a, 7, gearbox. 27. (10), Memo Gidley, Novato, Calif., Swift 008.a, 6, gearbox. Race Statistics: Time of race: 33 min., 3.166 sec. Winner's average speed: 102.472 mph. Margin of victory: 9.2110 sec. Lap leaders: Tagliani, 1-4; Bentham, 5-25. Fastest race lap: Lazzaro, 1:17.819 (104.457 mph). Cautions: none. Point leaders (after nine of 13 races): Bentham, 121; Tagliani, 99; Gidley, 98; Bordin, 98; Sielsky, 87; Rice, 86; Lazzaro, 70; Wilden, 61; Rutledge, 44; Pook, 44. Next race: Aug. 16, Road America, Elkhart Lake, Wis.