Trois-Rivieres Lynx Racing qualifying notes

Lynx Racing drivers David Rutledge and Mike Conte are 4th and 12th, respectively, in final qualifying for the Player's Grand Prix de Trois Rivières, the 8th round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, July 28 - 30. Series points leader...

Lynx Racing drivers David Rutledge and Mike Conte are 4th and 12th, respectively, in final qualifying for the Player's Grand Prix de Trois Rivières, the 8th round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, July 28 - 30.

Series points leader Buddy Rice (a Lynx graduate now driving for DSTP Motorsports) is on the pole with a time of 1:01.441 sec. / 89.120 mph, followed by Andrew Bordin (1:01.336 sec. / 89.272 mph) and Daniel Wheldon (1:01.466 sec. / 89.038 mph).

Rutledge, 22, of Vancouver BC, drove his #19 Lynx Racing Swift 008.a around the 1.521-mi. temporary street circuit in Trois Rivières in 1:01.771 (88.644 mph). Mike Conte, who crashed toward the end of the session, turned a 1:02.972 sec. lap at 86.953 mph.

"We definitely had a car good for third place on the grid, maybe even the front row, but with that red flag right at the end of qualifying that cut off the last six minutes, we just didn't have enough laps," says Rutledge. "It's a very 'raceable' car, so I don't think we'll make too many changes overnight, just a minor tweak or two. The track is very dirty off-line, so the start of the race tomorrow, particularly the first turn will be a very busy time for all the drivers, and I'm very happy to be up among the drivers that I feel comfortable racing with in such close quarters."

Mike Conte's 'equivocal weekend' continued today with an excursion into the turn one wall, necessitating significant repairs on his car before the race tomorrow.

"I hate to admit it, but it was a rookie mistake," says Conte. "I was following the car ahead of me instead of driving my own car, and I followed it into the wall. That said, the car was actually working quite well, and once the crew gets it repaired I think we should have a pretty good car for the race. That's one of the perks of driving for a top team like Lynx; even when a driver makes a mistake, you know that the car will be ready for the next session, and it will be perfect." The 45 lap (68.43 mile) Atlantic race, held on the 1.521-mile temporary street course, is Sunday's main event on the weekend schedule and is scheduled to start at 1:45 p.m.

2000 marks the 10th anniversary of Lynx Racing, one of the most unique organizations in auto racing today. Created and owned by two women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty, Lynx is both a championship winning racing team and a uniquely successful driver development program that focuses on a driver's spiritual and psychological growth in addition to their on-track skills. In addition to racing in the Atlantic series, Lynx also sponsors Sara Senske, one of the top female drivers in open-wheel racing today, in the Barber Dodge Pro Series.

The Lynx mission is to seek out young drivers with the desire and potential to become champions at the highest levels of the sport and provide them with the funding, equipment and training to take the last step toward realizing that potential, a process the team calls 'destiny by design.' Lynx alumni include CART FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron and Memo Gidley.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , David Rutledge , Buddy Rice , Andrew Bordin