HASSELGREN HOLDS MID-SEASON POINTS LEAD FOR THE TRD ENGINE BUILDER OF THE YEAR AWARD HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (July 28) - Five races still remain in the 1997 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, but things are heating up in the home stretch ...
HASSELGREN HOLDS MID-SEASON POINTS LEAD FOR THE TRD ENGINE BUILDER OF THE YEAR AWARD
HIGHLAND PARK, Ill. (July 28) - Five races still remain in the 1997 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship, but things are heating up in the home stretch chase for the coveted TRD Engine Builder of the Year Award. Upcoming races at the Player’s Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres, Mid-Ohio, and Road America will likely be "make or break" events for many TRD Award hopefuls. TRD (Toyota Racing Development) USA Inc. will provide a $3,500 TRD parts credit award to the engine builder scoring the most points at the end of the year. Each engine builder will earn points based upon the finishing position of his highest placing driver in each round of the 12-race season. Entering round eight at Trois-Rivieres, Que., on Aug. 3, defending 1996 TRD Engine Builder of the Year Award winner, Hasselgren Racing Engines, holds a 16 point advantage over its closest challenger, Bertil’s Racing Engines, 126-110. Loyning’s Engine Service is in third place with 95 points. Hasselgren Racing Engines has scored four victories at Homestead, Nazareth, Milwaukee, and Toronto. Anthony Lazzaro, of Acworth, Ga., was the winning driver at Homestead while Lynx Racing’s Alex Barron, of Vista, Calif., scored wins at Nazareth and Milwaukee, and Memo Gidley, of San Rafael, Calif., won for Hasselgren at Toronto. Bertil’s Racing Engines has claimed wins at Long Beach with driver Alexandre Tagliani, of Lachenaie, Que., while Bertrand Godin, of St. Hyacinthe, Que., has wins at Montreal and Cleveland. Loyning’s Engine Service has failed to capture a win yet but has five consecutive top-five finishes with runner-up positions at Nazareth and Montreal. "We love this series. It is arguably the best open-wheel development series in North America," said John Koenig, Toyota vice president of motorsports and TRD president and CEO. "Not only do the drivers and teams compete for a championship, but TRD offers engines builders the opportunity to challenge each other for series honors as well." TRD USA is a subsidiary of Toyota Motor Sales, USA, and responsible for the design and development of Toyota race engines and the distribution of high performance parts for Toyota vehicles. The TRD Engine Builder of the Year Award is just part of the Costa Mesa, Calif.-based engine manufacturer’s involvement with the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. They developed the fuel-injected, 16 valve 1.6-liter Toyota 4A-GE engine used by Atlantic competitors, in addition to offering technical support and the sale of "spec" parts to series engine builders.
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