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CHUCK WEST COACHES WIFE THROUGH BIRTH OF HIS FIRST CHILD WHILE RACING IN NAZARETH Waiting for the birth of your first child is a nerve wracking and emotional experience for any couple. But for KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic driver, Chuck West, and his...

CHUCK WEST COACHES WIFE THROUGH BIRTH OF HIS FIRST CHILD WHILE RACING IN NAZARETH

Waiting for the birth of your first child is a nerve wracking and emotional experience for any couple. But for KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic driver, Chuck West, and his wife Missy, the experience was even more difficult.

Chuck was participating in last Thursday's open test session for the Atlantic series while Missy was in labor for the birth of the couple's first child. He was in constant contact with Missy during the day by cellular phone.

"Every time I got out of the car, I would get on the phone to talk to Missy," said West. "The timing wasn't all that great being so far away, but that's how it goes with racing. Fortunately she understands."

Missy delivered a healthy baby boy on Thursday at 5:50 p.m. PST. Dakota West weighed in at 8lbs, 8 oz.

"Everything went really well," said the happy new father. "There were no complications and Missy and Dakota are both home."

How does the new father feel about having a new son?

"It's great," said a happy and relieved West. "I feel really good."

Missy was due to deliver the baby during the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach but attended the race any way. The couple, who live in Sonoma, Calif., were prepared for the birth with doctors on call and transportation to the hospital if Missy delivered while the couple was in Long Beach.

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RACE REPORT - - ROUND 3 - KOOL/TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP

4:33 p.m. Field pulls away for first of two scheduled "reconnaissance" laps ... the race is scheduled for 60 laps = 60 miles.

4:36 p.m. YELLOW FLAG for poor alignment.

4:37 Lap 2 #32 BARRON leads the field across the start-finish line to officially start the race ... all 28 cars in the starting grid safely take the GREEN FLAG.

4:38 Lap 5 The top-five are #32 BARRON, #19 GIDLEY, #66 TAGLIANI, #85 KNAPP, and #4 LAZZARO.

4:39 Lap 7 YELLOW FLAG -- #34 CROW makes hard contact entering turn four  car suffers extensive right front wheel and suspension damage -- driver is taken to the infield medical center for an examination -- #34 CROW was running in sixth place at the time of the incident.

4:47 Lap 15 GREEN FLAG -- #32 BARRON maintains his lead followed closely by his Lynx Racing teammate #19 GIDLEY and #66 TAGLIANI.

4:50 Lap 22 #32 BARRON overtakes back-marker traffic but safely maneuvers to the inside of the track and breaks free to extend his lead.

4:53 Lap 23 #10 TAGUE drops high-to-low toward #8 SOLLENSKOG while entering turn one -- #10 TAGUE takes evasive action to avoid contact and spins up and across the track into the outside wall -- #8 SOLLENSKOG continues -- brings out a YELLOW FLAG  #10 TAGUE is transported to the infield medical center where he is examined and released.

4:54 Lap 25 The top-five are #32 BARRON, #19 GIDLEY, #66 TAGLIANI, #85 KNAPP, and #4 LAZZARO.

5:00 Lap 33 GREEN FLAG -- on the RE-START  #4 LAZZARO's left rear wheel contacts #19 GIDLEY right front wheel -- #4 LAZZARO continues before stopping near the exit of turn one -- #19 GIDLEY makes light contact with the outside wall in turn one -- both drivers are out and okay  brings out a YELLOW FLAG -- #66 TAGLIANI moves into second place.

5:01 Lap 34 The top-five are #32 BARRON, #66 TAGLIANI, #85 KNAPP, #29 MONTGOMERY, and #35 POOK.

5:06 Lap 40 GREEN FLAG -- #32 BARRON staves off #66 TAGLIANI's re-start challenge to remain in first place.

5:08 Lap 45 YELLOW FLAG -- #71 DeSOTO loses control in turn four and makes contact with #47 HARRINGTON -- #71 DeSOTO hits the wall while #47 HARRINGTON continues -- #20 WOOD spins and continues while avoiding contact with #71 DeSOTO -- #71 DeSOTO is taken to the infield medical center where he is examined and released.

Lap 45 The top-five are #32 BARRON, #66 TAGLIANI, #29 MONTGOMERY, #85 KNAPP, and #25 AVE.

5:15 Lap 52 GREEN FLAG.

5:16 Lap 54 #32 BARRON extends his lead -- #66 TAGLIANI and #29MONTGOMERY engage in a tight battle for second place.

5:18 Lap 58 #85 KNAPP passes #29 MONTGOMERY for third place -- #85 KNAPP briefly takes over second place from #66 TAGLIANI before his car obbles band he is re-passed by #66 TAGLIANI for second place.

5:19 Lap 59 #29 MONTGOMERY surges past #85 KNAPP and #66 TAGLIANI to takeover second place with one lap remaining in the race.

5:19 Lap 60 #32 ALEX BARRON, of Vista, Calif., wins his FIRST CAREER ATLANTIC race in only his third career Atlantic race start in the Lynx Racing-Victory Circle Racing/Red Line Oil- prepared Ralt RT-41.

#29 CASE MONTGOMERY, of Salinas, Calif., finishes in second place in the Sandy Dells Racing-Microsoft/Wall Data Ralt RT-41.

#66 ALEXANDRE TAGLIANI, of Lachenaie, Que., steps to the podium in third place for the Player's Forsythe Racing Team in a Ralt Rt-40.

MARGIN OF VICTORY: 3.7739-seconds WINNER'S AVERAGE SPEED: 85.031 miles-per-hour TIME OF RACE: 42 minutes, 20.224 seconds LAP LEADERS: 1-60, Barron

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By virtue of today's victory, ALEX BARRON collects a total winner's purse of $20,000 from the posted purse of $85,000. BARRON also win's a $1,000 bonus as the "KOOL Rookie Challenge" winner for being the highest finishing Atlantic rookie driver.

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CASE MONTGOMERY will collect a second-place purse of $13,000 and $2,000 in bonus awards including $1,000 for being named the "KOOL Move Of The Race" winner, and $1,000 for winning the "Yokohama Now You've Got Control" award.

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TAGLIANI moves to the top of the leader board in the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship with 43 points. His closest challenger, MONTGOMERY, has 38 points and is closely followed by LAZZARO with 36. STEVE KNAPP moved into title contention with his fourth-place showing with 33 points. JOAO BARBOSA rounds out the top five with 28 points.

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GREG HARRINGTON, of Suwanee, Ga., won in the C2 class and finished 21st overall. JOQUIN DeSOTO moves into the C2 lead with 36 points, followed by HARRINGTON with 32.

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