GIDLEY MAKES IT TWO STRAIGHT FOR HIM, FOUR STRAIGHT FOR LYNX RACING WITH SOLID VICTORY AT MILWAUKEE WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Memo Gidley started fast and held off Lee Bentham Saturday at the Miller...
GIDLEY MAKES IT TWO STRAIGHT FOR HIM, FOUR STRAIGHT FOR LYNX RACING WITH SOLID VICTORY AT MILWAUKEE
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Memo Gidley started fast and held off Lee Bentham Saturday at the Miller Lite 200 at the Milwaukee Mile, recording his third victory in four races and extending the Lynx Racing win streak to four straight at Round 4 of the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship.
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. But Gidley held on to win by .201 seconds, averaging 114.34 miles-per-hour in the race slowed by just one caution lap. Gidley earned the $20,000 winner's share of the guaranteed $85,000 race purse.
Lynx Racing has won all four events on the 1998 schedule, with Gidley's teammate Buddy Rice recording the victory at round 2 in Nazareth. But when it was over, it was the Player's-Forsythe team of Bentham and Alex Tagliani that had reason to smile, too, having finally gained on the Lynx Racing team that has so far dominated the series. Bentham, of Richmond Hill, Ont., and Tagliani, of Lachenaie, Que., both recorded their best finishes of the season at second and third, respectively. Tagliani, who started at the back of the 23-car field but darted upward through the pack for a podium finish, switched to a Swift 008.a at Nazareth, and Bentham switched from his Ralt RT-41 at this race. The renewed Player's team will head for home turf next week at the Grand Prix Player's du Canada in Montreal to continue their momentum. However, for this race - and for the entire year so far - it's been Lynx Racing, headed by second-year driver Gidley. "This early winning streak is really good for both my confidence and the team's. Now that we're done with the ovals and into the road course part of the season, it's going to get even more competitive," said Gidley, of Novato, Calif. "It's been a difficult season opening, but everything seems to be coming together now, thanks to our solid Player's team," said Bentham. "I had enough speed to get Memo at the end, but I ran out of time. At the end, his car was slowing down and mine was getting stronger." Matt Sielsky, of Northbrook, Ill., continued to impress, finishing fourth in his D&L Racing - LCI International Ralt RT-41. Andrew Bordin, of Woodbridge, Ont., recorded his fourth-straight top-five finish in his Millennium Data Ralt RT-41, after posting second place finishes at the first three events. Anthony Lazzaro was sixth, while series newcomer Jeff Shafer finished seventh in a PPI entry. Gidley continues to lead the drivers' championship with 74 points. Bordin is second with 59, Rice is third with 42 points. Bentham moves into fourth with 37 and Sielsky is fifth with 35.
Tagliani's surge through the field resulted in his winning the $1,000 KOOL "Move of the Race" and the $1,000 Yokohama "Now You've Got Control" award. Sielsky picked up the $1,000 KOOL "Rookie Challenge" award while Derek Hill of P-1 Racing earned the "MCI Fast Pace" Award for the fastest race lap at 25.740 seconds. Saturday's Atlantic race at the Miller Lite 200 will be broadcast the following Saturday, June 6, on ESPN2 and ESPN International at 4:30 p.m., with repeat broadcasts on ESPN2 on June 8, June 12 and June 18. CTV will broadcast the race in Canada on Saturday, June 6, at 4 p.m. All times are Eastern. Round 5 of the 1998 KOOL /Toyota Atlantic Championship will continue Saturday, June 6, at the Grand Prix Player's du Canada in Montreal.
WEST ALLIS, Wis. - Results Saturday of the 60-lap, 61.92-mile KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship at the Milwaukee Mile, with position, driver, hometown or country, car, time and speed in miles-per-hour.
1. (1), Memo Gidley, San Rafael, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 60. 2. (6), Lee Bentham, Canada, Swift 008.a, 60. 3. (23), Alexandre Tagliani, Canada, Swift 008.a, 60. 4. (3), Matt Sielsky, Northbrook, Ill., Ralt RT-41, 60. 5. (9), Andrew Bordin, Canada, Ralt RT-41, 60. 6. (4), Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Swift 008.a, 60. 7. (5), Jeff Shafer, Overton, Nev., Swift 008.a, 60. 8. (8), David Rutledge, Canada, Swift 008.a, 60. 9. (12), Rob MacDonald, Canada, Swift 008.a, 60. 10. (14), Derek Hill, Costa Mesa, Calif., Swift 008.a, 60. 11. (2), Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Ralt RT-41, 60. 12. (10), Case Montgomery, Salinas, Calif., Swift 008.a, 60. 13. (16), Robert Sollenskog, Antioch, Ill., Swift 008.a, 60. 14. (22), Michael Conte, Seattle, Wash., Ralt RT-41, 60. 15. (11), Andrea Delorenzi, Italy, Ralt RT-41, 60. 16. (21), Kenny Wilden, Canada, Swift 008.a, 59. 17. (17), Eric Lang, New York, N.Y., Ralt RT-41, 59. 18. (7), John Rutherford, Ft. Worth, Texas, Swift 008.a, 58. 19. (20), Cam Binder, Canada, Swift 008.a, 58. 20. (13), Michael David, Corona, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 57. 21. (19), Mark Tague, Laguna Hills, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 52, mechanical. 22. (15), David Pook, Long Beach, Calif., Swift 008.a, 28, mechanical. 23. (18), John Brooks, Tucson, Ariz., Ralt RT-40, 15, suspension.
Race statistics: Time of race: 32: 29.552 seconds. Average speed: 114.340 mph. Margin of victory: .201 sec. Lap leaders: Gidley, 1-60. Cautions: one, for 11 laps. Fastest race lap: Hill, 0:25.740 (144.335 mph). Point leaders: Gidley, 74; Bordin, 59; Rice, 42; Bentham, 37; Sielsky, 35; Tagliani, 26; Rutledge, 26; Lazzaro, 25; Montgomery, 22; Pook, 19. Next race: Saturday, June 6, at the Canadian Grand Prix.