Fogarty Sweeps Portland Atlantic Doubleheader PORTLAND, Ore. (June 20, 2004) -- Usually it's only baseball teams that have the opportunity to sweep doubleheaders. In Portland this weekend, however, that honor went to 2002 Toyota Atlantic series...
Fogarty Sweeps Portland Atlantic Doubleheader
PORTLAND, Ore. (June 20, 2004) -- Usually it's only baseball teams that have the opportunity to sweep doubleheaders. In Portland this weekend, however, that honor went to 2002 Toyota Atlantic series champion Jon Fogarty (#96 Pacific Coast Motorsports), who completed the twin killing by leading every lap Sunday en route to his fifth career Atlantic victory.
Overall, Fogarty has won three consecutive events -- including a short oval win in Milwaukee two weeks ago, combined with Rounds 4 and 5 of the championship this weekend at the Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic Championship of Portland Presented by Yokohama.
To say that Fogarty has been dominant during the stretch would be an understatement. He has led every lap in all three victories, meaning that he's led the last 140 laps in competition.
In Sunday morning's race (tape-delayed on SPEED Channel, Saturday, July 3 -- 2 p.m. ET), Fogarty took advantage of a Lap 1 incident that pushed polesitter Danica Patrick (#24 Argent Mortgage Company) back in the field. After becoming the first woman to ever win a Toyota Atlantic pole position on Saturday, Patrick was hit from behind heading into Portland's Festival Curves (Turns 1-3) and spun while surrendering the lead. Fogarty, who started second, assumed the point and continued to prove, as he did all weekend, that he was the man to beat. Patrick recovered and made a hard charge throughout the 35-lap event to finish seventh for her worst result of the season.
Fogarty jumped in to the points lead for the first time this season by virtue of his near-perfect weekend. Through five rounds of competition, the 29-year-old American has compiled 126 points, which leads Patrick by 12 markers in the season standings.
Ryan Dalziel (#28 Pro-Works), last year's winner in Portland, claimed his second podium finish of the season and the first since he won the season opener in Long Beach, by finishing second. The Sierra Sierra Enterprises driver now sits third in the championship, 15 points behind Fogarty.
Rookie Jonathan Bomarito (#8 Dixien/Omnisource) completed his best weekend in Atlantic competition with his first podium finish. Bomarito, who claimed fourth place in Saturday's race, raised the bar a level and came home in third place. The two strong results over the weekend enabled the Transnet Racing pilot to move up to fifth overall in the championship.
Another fast freshman, Andrew Ranger (#27 Tide/Charmin/Mr. Clean/Snugabye), was fourth in the race after finishing third in Saturday's showdown. Ranger sits fourth in the points chase after five rounds, just 17 points back of the leader. The Quebec, Canada native now holds the lead in the 2004 BG Products Rookie of the Year race, among a very talented crop of first-year drivers.
Bryan Sellers (#19 Lynx Racing) produced his third top-five effort of the year by finishing fifth, while rookie Chris Festa (#25 SpacePak/CareCentric) enjoyed his top finish of his young Atlantic career with a sixth-place effort.
Rocky Moran Jr. (Healthcare Privileges.com/PaySystems) of Polestar Racing Group owned an eighth-place finish while the man who held the championship points lead entering the weekend, Ronnie Bremer (#10 portacoolracing.com), of Brooks Associates Racing was ninth as he fell to sixth place in the season standings.
Alex Garcia (#9 Dixien/Omnisource) completed the top 10 while a pair of series rookies Josh Hunt (#15 Wright/Patton/Shakespeare/Atkinson Gore Group) and Tonis Kasemets (#6 Flexovit Abrasives/MK Ind./TMI/Redline Oil) finished 11th and 12th, respectively.
Equaling his finishing spot from Saturday's race was Philip Fayer (#3 PaySystems) in 13th position while rookie Chris Dyson (#16 Thetford/Norcold) completed his first weekend of Atlantic competition with a 14th-place effort.
Tony Loniewski (#15 Margay) was 15th in the lone C2 class entry of the weekend and Alex Figge (#69 Pacific Coast Motorsports), who was involved in the Lap 1 incident and was forced to retire due to contact, was 16th on the day.
Quotes from the top finishers from today's race, plus polesitter Danica Patrick, follows:
JON FOGARTY (#96 Pacific Coast Motorsports), who won his third straight race - two weeks ago at Milwaukee and the doubleheader at Portland, leading every lap of each for 140 consecutive laps led and took over the points lead: "It was great for the team, good for the points. (On the start) When I got to Turn 1, I was going to brake as late as possible. I was going to leave enough room inside for a car in case Ryan (Dalziel) was there. That's the way you have to do it to make it through at the start. Ryan was pushing me harder than I had been pushed yesterday. As the grip came up, the balance (of the car) was off. I made a few small adjustments in the cockpit - the brake bias and stabilizer bar adjustments. We weren't at any extremes so we had some leeway."
RYAN DALZIEL (#28 ProWorks), who achieved his 14th career podium: "I don't think struggle is the word (for the season up to this weekend). We've had some bad luck. We didn't have a car to challenge with to start the weekend. It's a testament to the team that we were able to come up to second today. We came back (to Portland) with the same car as last year when we dominated. The car was absolute crap on Friday. To come back as close to Jon as we did was awesome. I think this is the first weekend we have struggled with car setup."
JONATHAN BOMARITO (#8 Dixien/Omnisource): "This is our best result. We were up there and able to race them. I was on the inside (on the start) when I saw another car come up inside me. I braked late, but knew he was really braking late. I knew I was in a precarious position. I knew there was going to be contact, but it's hard to know which way cars are going to spin. I just stayed to the inside. I guessed right. The Transnet team is really coming together. We're quick enough that we're running with the fast guys. We're definitely within the window now, so it's a matter of details. The whole team is starting to jell. It was a one-car team before and we moved to a two-car effort late. Our pitstops are quicker now and our adjustments to the car are quicker."
DANICA PATRICK (#24 Argent Mortgage Company), who came back from the first lap incident to finish 7th: "It wasn't the best of all starts. I was close to Jon (Fogarty) and Ryan (Dalziel) was beside me. We went into Turn 1 and I know I was going slow but I just got hit from behind and spun. I don't know who it was, but let's not do it again. (After the start) I was 10 seconds behind every single car. I just had to go as hard as I could and take care of my tires and car. I might have nicked the rev limiter a bit. I just need to qualify on the pole some more and get some practice (starting from the pole)."