TORONTO. (July 7, 2002) -- For the second time this season, CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Stewards, led by Chief Steward, K.C. Van Niman, levied post-race penalties following Saturday's Round 7 race at the Molson Indy Toronto. Michael ...
TORONTO. (July 7, 2002) -- For the second time this season, CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Stewards, led by Chief Steward, K.C. Van Niman, levied post-race penalties following Saturday's Round 7 race at the Molson Indy Toronto.
Michael Valiante (Lynx Racing Swift 014.a) won Saturday's event after a daring inside pass in Turn 1. However, the Stewards determined that Valiante had shortcutted the course during that move and was assessed a five point penalty according to rule 6.13 of the 2002 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Rulebook. The point deduction was levied per rule 10.8. The reduction reduces Valiante's Championship points lead down to 14 points heading into next week's Round 8 race at the Marconi Grand Prix of Cleveland.
Also, third place finisher in yesterday's race, Rocky Moran Jr. (Sigma Autosport Swift 014.a), was fined 14 Championship points along with the forfeiture of $10,000 in race winnings after his car failed the post race inspection per rule 9.2.2c (Item 6). The points and money penalties were per rule 10.8 and 10.9. The point reduction drops Moran Jr. from third to eighth place in the Championship with 59 points.
Finally, a pair of drivers were placed on probation for the next two races for multiple incidents in yesterday's race. Grant Ryley (Lynx Racing/Northwest Speedwerx/ Cupertino Electric Swift 014.a) and Waldemar Coronas (Scuadra Fortia/Aviacsa/ Royse/Maizoro/Millenio Swift 014.a) were placed on probation per rule 8.13 for taking unjustifiable risk.
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The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is one of the world's premier open-wheel development series and the top rung on CART's "ladder system", as well as having $100,000 race purses and a one million dollar points fund. It is also 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, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani as well as former series champions Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan and Jacques Villeneuve.