1999 Miller Lite 225 Weekend, Milwaukee, WI FACT SHEET THE KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP Round 4, Miller Lite 225 Weekend June 4-5, 1999, West Allis, WI EVENT: Round 4 of the 12-event KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, held on...
1999 Miller Lite 225 Weekend, Milwaukee, WI FACT SHEET
THE KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP Round 4, Miller Lite 225 Weekend June 4-5, 1999, West Allis, WI
EVENT: Round 4 of the 12-event KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, held on the Milwaukee Mile oval circuit in West Allis, Wis. Saturday's KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Miller Lite 225 will mark the eighth time since 1988 the series has competed here.
RACE SERIES: The CART-sanctioned KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship is a key rung on CART's "Ladder System" and is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into CART competition. Among the drivers who have graduated from the Atlantic series are CART Champ Car stars Michael Andretti, Jimmy Vasser, Richie Hearn, Patrick Carpentier and Alex Barron, former Champ Car stars Bobby Rahal and Danny Sullivan, as well as 1997 FIA Formula One Champion, Jacques Villeneuve.
ATLANTICS SCHEDULE AT MILWAUKEE: Thursday, June 3: Atlantic Test Day Friday, June 4: Practice 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Practice 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Qualifying 5:05 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Exhibition 7:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. Saturday, June 5: Warm-up 11:15 a.m. RACE 3:00 p.m. 60 laps
TOP DRIVERS: Reigning KOOL/Toyota Atlantic champion Lee Bentham (Player's-Forsythe Racing), of Newmarket, Ont., leads one of the series' all-time strongest line-ups, and is looking to become the first repeat Atlantic champion since David Empringham took back-to-back titles in 1993-94. Some of the top drivers looking to unseat Bentham include Anthony Lazzaro (PPI-MCI WorldCom) of Acworth, Ga., Alex Tagliani of Lachenaie, Que., Buddy Rice (Lynx Racing) of Phoenix, Ariz., Andrew Bordin (PPI) of Woodbridge, Ont., Kenny Wilden (Michael Shank Racing) of Burlington, Ont., and David Rutledge (Forsythe Racing) of W. Vancouver, B.C.
CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERS: Anthony Lazzaro's back-to-back victories at round 2 (Nazareth) and 3 (Gateway) have earned the Atlantic veteran a commanding lead in the points standings after three races. Lazzaro heads the list with 60 points, followed Alex Tagliani (victory at Long Beach, did not finish at Nazareth, 3rd at Gateway) with 35, David Rutledge (4th at Nazareth, 2nd at Gateway) and Buddy Rice (4th at Long Beach) tied for third with 28 points each, followed by Kenny Wilden (2nd at Nazareth) at 21, Andrew Bordin (3rd at Nazareth) at 20 points, and Lee Bentham (3rd at Long Beach) in seventh with 18 points.
TOP ROOKIES: One of the best rookie crops in Atlantic history takes the course at Milwaukee, including Nicolas Rondet (WorldSpeed Motorsports) of San Diego, Calif., Jean-Francois Veilleux (P-1 Racing) of Boucherville, Que., Alex Gurney (Team KOOL Green) of Newport Beach, Calif., David Besnard (Hylton Motorsports) of Sydney, Australia, and Sam Hornish, Jr. (Mike Shank Racing) of Defiance, Ohio.
LAST YEAR AT MILWAUKEE: Memo Gidley started fast and held off Lee Bentham at the Milwaukee Mile, recording his third victory in four races and extending the Lynx Racing win streak to four straight. Gidley, in a Ralt RT-41, started on the pole and led comfortably for most of the 60 laps, until Bentham made a final push on the last few laps, closing in right behind at the finish line.
ATLANTIC HISTORY AT MILWAUKEE: Previous Atlantic race winners at the Milwaukee Mile are J.O. Cunningham (1988), Claude Bourbonnais (1993), Greg Ray (1994), David Empringham (1995), Anthony Lazzaro (1996), Alex Barron (1997), and Memo Gidley (1998).
TELEVISION BROADCASTS: ESPN2 will televise Saturday's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Milwaukee the following Saturday, June 12, at 4 p.m., with repeat broadcasts on Tuesday, June 15, at 5 a.m., and Thursday, June 17, at 4 a.m. ESPN International will telecast the race on Saturday, June 12, at 4 p.m. The Canadian French-speaking RDS network will broadcast the Milwaukee race on Saturday, June 12. All times are Eastern. Canadian broadcaster CTV is airing the race on Tuesday, June 15, at 8 p.m. in all local markets. PLEASE NOTE: Previous listings had the initial airing on ESPN2 at 3 p.m. on Saturday, June 12. It has changed to 4 p.m.
NEXT ATLANTIC RACE: Round 5 of the 12-race 1999 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship is set for Saturday, June 12, at the Canadian Grand Prix in Montreal, Que.