Toronto: Notes, schedule

WHAT: The Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic Championship of Toronto Presented by Yokohama WHERE: Exhibition Place -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 9-11 TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (All times local): FRIDAY,...

WHAT: The Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic Championship of Toronto Presented by Yokohama

WHERE: Exhibition Place -- Toronto, Ontario, Canada

WHEN: Friday-Sunday, July 9-11

TOYOTA ATLANTIC CHAMPIONSHIP SCHEDULE (All times local):

FRIDAY, JULY 9
9:15-9:45 a.m.., Practice
1:15-1:45 p.m., Qualifying.

SATURDAY, JULY 10
12:30-1:15 p.m., Practice and Final Qualifying.

SUNDAY, JULY 11
8:30-8:45 a.m., Warm-up
10:30-11:30 a.m., Atlantic Race.

U.S. TELEVISION SCHEDULE: SATURDAY, JULY 17 -- SPEED Channel, Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic Championship of Toronto Presented by Yokohama, 11 a.m. ET (Tape-Delay).

2003 CHAMPION:  A.J. Allmendinger

2003 POLESITTER: A.J. Allmendinger
TRACK LAYOUT:  1.755-mile temporary street course

RACE LENGTH: 35 laps (61.425 miles) or 50 minutes

TRACK RECORDS: Qualifying (one lap) -- 2003, A.J. Allmendinger, 97.320 mph (1:04.920). Race -- (one lap) 2003, A.J. Allmendinger, 95.976 mph (1:05.829); (35 laps) 2003, A.J. Allmendinger, 90.499 mph (40:43.450).

RACE ROUND: 7 of 12 in the 2004 Toyota Atlantic Championship Presented by Yokohama.

NEXT EVENT: July 25, Molson Indy Vancouver, Concord Pacific Place -- Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

INSTANT REPLAY: American A.J. Allmendinger won in Toronto for his second consecutive victory in what would turn out to be a three-in-a-row stretch, leading to the eventual series title. The talented rookie established new Atlantic race records for the fastest race lap and the fastest winning average speed as he led 26 of the 35 laps in the race. Ryan Dalziel wrestled the lead away from Allmendinger, the polesitter, on the opening lap of the race. Coming from fourth on the starting grid, Dalziel got around third-place runner Michael Valiante and Aaaron Justus, who started second, in Turn 1. Dalziel then took the lead from Allmendinger in Turn 3 on the opening lap and led for the first nine laps of the event. Allmendinger roared back on Lap 10 and reclaimed the point in Turn 3. After a brief caution flag late in the race, Allmendinger enjoyed a good restart on lap 26 and he was never threatened from there as he earned his fourth Toyota Atlantic win to that point in the season. Allmendinger's RuSport teammate, Aaron Justus, came home in second while Canadian Jonathan Macri claimed third place. Dalziel wound up finishing fifth and he saw Allmendinger extend his lead in the championship race to 27 points after seven complete rounds of competition.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Michael Valiante , Jonathan Macri , A.J. Allmendinger , Aaron Justus