TORONTO, ON -- July 16, 2000 --Andrew Bordin (PPI Motorsports /Wordcom/ Thyssen/ Player's/ Swift 008.a) passed Buddy Rice on Lap 30 of Sunday's CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Round 7 race, to score his first win of the 2000 season on streets...
TORONTO, ON -- July 16, 2000 --Andrew Bordin (PPI Motorsports /Wordcom/ Thyssen/ Player's/ Swift 008.a) passed Buddy Rice on Lap 30 of Sunday's CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Round 7 race, to score his first win of the 2000 season on streets of his native Toronto. Bordin, who started from the pole position, led 21 of the 35 race laps, and now moves up into second place in the standings, seven points behind leader, Buddy Rice. Rice (DSTP Motorsports / Swift 008.a) finished second, while Bordin's teammate; Daniel Wheldon (PPI Motorsports-Jayhard/BG Products / Swift 008.a) was third.
Bordin's win, his fourth in Atlantic, also marked his fourth podium finish of this season. The young Canadian finished third at Long Beach on April 15, and then recorded back- to-back second place finishes at Milwaukee on June 3, and Montreal, on June 17.
"We figured we were going to have to work a little harder if were going to end up running up front, and we went to test and we put our heads down and worked hard on it, said Bordin. "We did a couple of crazy things, but it seems that it worked. We came to Toronto with two solid cars, qualified on the front row, but when it comes down to racing against guys like Dan and Buddy, it's always clean but aggressive racing because they are totally aware of who's around them all the time, and that's why they're true professional drivers. It's amazing for me to win in Toronto. I know I didn't sound too excited for the pole yesterday, but to be honest I guess I was a little nervous for the race."
Rice, who set the a new record fastest race lap of 1:07.521, challenged Bordin for the lead on several occasions, and managed to squeeze into first place on the inside of Turn 3, on lap 16. However contact between rookie teammates T.J. Bell (Michael Shank Racing / Bell Trans/Swift 008.a) and Martin Basso, (Michael Shank Racing / 3B Engine Valves/Swift 008.a) brought out the second full course yellow of the day, and was immediately followed on the restart two laps later by a third, ten lap caution period, caused by a fuel leak in the number 44 car driven by Steve Lorenzen (Pierce Motorsports/ Swift 008.a).
"We're real happy with our result today," said Rice who has been on the podium in every race he has finished this season. "We scored some more points and it keeps us on top of the championship. Andrew had a great car on cold tires, especially on the initial start and on all of the restarts. Our car seemed better on the longer runs, once everything came up to temperature. On the final restart, Andrew went to the outside and I held the inside. I gave him just enough room, like he did for me earlier in the race. It would have been easy to block him, but there wasn't any point to taking us both out. With more green laps, we could have taken another run at him. But, it was a good, clean run. Once again, DSTP prepared a great car for the race. I think we'll have another strong run in Trois Rivieres."
Wheldon, who earned his fourth podium of the season, now extends his lead in the rookie race and slips into third place in the overall standings with 87 points.
"It was pretty lonely out there for me," chucked Wheldon. "I didn't have the car to win today. I think Buddy and Andrew had a great race. I got a little further back in the Championship, but it was a good result anyway."
Sunday's race saw a total of four caution periods for 18 of the total 35 race laps.
The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship now moves to Trois Rivieres, Quebec for Round 8 at the Player's Grand Prix de Trois Rivieres, in two weeks.