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Player's Makes it Two Straight in Canada with 1-2 Finish at Player's Challenge race at Molson Indy Toronto TORONTO, Ont. - Alex Tagliani took the lead on the first lap and held off teammate Lee Bentham to win Saturday's KOOL/Toyota ...

Player's Makes it Two Straight in Canada with 1-2 Finish at Player's Challenge race at Molson Indy Toronto

TORONTO, Ont. - Alex Tagliani took the lead on the first lap and held off teammate Lee Bentham to win Saturday's KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Molson Indy Toronto.

Tagliani, of Lachenaie, Que., started second and slipped by Bentham, his Player's Forsythe teammate who started on the pole, on the first turn. Tagliani was pushed by Bentham several times but never relinquished the lead for his first victory of the season. Bentham, of nearby Richmond Hill, Ont., finished second while Kenny Wilden, of Burlington, Ont., was third.

Betham's second-place finish moved him into a tie with Memo Gidley for the points lead with 86. Tagliani's third Atlantic career victory moved him up into a tie for third in the points standings with Andrew Bordin at 76 points. Gidley started ninth, pitted on the first lap to repair his car, fell to the back of field, then moved up to a sixth-place finish.

The KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship continues with round eight on Aug. 2 at Trois-Rivieres, Que.

TORONTO, Ont. - Results Saturday of the 39-lap, 67.119-mile KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Molson Indy Toronto, with finishing position, starting position in parentheses, driver, hometown, car, laps and reason out.

1. (2), Alexandre Tagliani, Lachenaie, Que., Swift 008.a, 39. 2. (1), Lee Bentham, Richmond Hill, Ont., Swift 008.a, 39. 3. (6), Kenny Wilden, Burlington, Ont., Swift 008.a, 39. 4. (7), Matt Sielsky, Northbrook, Ill., Swift 008.a, 39. 5. (3), Rino Mastronardi, Italy, Swift 008.a, 39. 6. (9), Memo Gidley, San Rafael, Calif., Swift 008.a, 39. 7. (12), Rob MacDonald, Keswick, Ont., Swift 008.a, 39. 8. (19), Jean-Francois Dumoulin, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Ralt RT-41, 39. 9. (21), Robert Sollenskog, Antioch, Ill., Swift 008.a, 39. 10. (31), Andrew Bordin, Woodbridge, Ont., Ralt RT-41, 39. 11. (14), David Rutledge, West Vancouver, B. C., Swift 008.a, 39. 12. (10), Derek Hill, Costa Mesa, Calif., Swift 008.a, 39. 13. (17), Luc Lesage, Trois-Rivieres, Que., Ralt RT-41, 39. 14. (27), Sergei Szortyka, Sinking Spring, Pa., Ralt RT-41, 38. 15. (22), Frank Allers, Coquitlam, B. C., Reynard 93H, 38. 16. (26), Stephane Roy, Saint-Sauver, Que., Ralt RT-40, 38. 17. (24), Ian Bland, Australia, Ralt RT-40, 38. 18. (25), Michael Conte, Seattle, Wash., Swift 008.a, 38. 19. (8), Andrea Delorenzi, Italy, Ralt RT-41, 36, mechanical. 20. (4), Anthony Lazzaro, Acworth, Ga., Swift 008.a, 30, mechanical. 21. (16), Masaoki Nagashima, Japan, Swift 008.a, 30, mechanical. 22. (13), David Pook, Long Beach, Calif., Swift 008.a, 30, contact. 23. (18), Michael David, Corona, Calif., Ralt RT-41, 30, contact. 24. (23), Eric Lang, New York, N.Y., Ralt RT-41, 28, mechanical. 25. (5), Buddy Rice, Phoenix, Ariz., Swift 008.a, 23, contact. 26. (30), Eric Andrew Jensen, Toronto, Ont., Reynard93H, 22, mechanical. 27. (20), John Brooks, Tucson, Ariz., Ralt RT-40, 20, mechanical. 28. (28), Zak Brown, Indianapolis, Ind., Swift 008.a, 12, mechanical. 29. (11), Case Montgomery, Salinas, Calif., Swift 008.a, 9, contact. 30. (29), George Frazier, Prospect, Ky., Ralt RT-41, 9, mechanical. 31. (15), Cam Binder, Calgary, Alta., Swift 008.a, 2, contact.

Race Statistics: Time of race: 59 minutes, 4.39 sec. Average speed: 68.172 mph. Margin of victory: race ended under yellow. Lap leaders: Tagliai, 1-39. Fastest race lap: Bentham, 1:07.798 (91.383 mph). Point leaders (after 7 of 13 rounds): Gidley, 86; Bentham, 86; Tagliani, 86; Bordin, 76; Rice, 70; Sielsky, 65; Wilden, 52; Lazzaro, 47; Rutledge, 37; Montgomery, 32. Next race: Aug. 2, Trois-Rivieres, Que.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Derek Hill , Memo Gidley , Alex Tagliani , David Rutledge , Anthony Lazzaro , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin , Jean-Francois Dumoulin , Masaoki Nagashima , Sergei Szortyka , Eric Lang , Zak Brown , Lee Bentham , Luc Lesage , Rino Mastronardi