Valiante wins season finale at Miami

Valiante wins season finale at Miami

After electrical problems forced pole sitter and 2003 champion A.J. Allmendinger to pit before the green flag, third-place starter Michael Valiante took advantage of Allmendinger's demise on the streets of Miami. Michael Valiante. Photo...

After electrical problems forced pole sitter and 2003 champion A.J. Allmendinger to pit before the green flag, third-place starter Michael Valiante took advantage of Allmendinger's demise on the streets of Miami.

Michael Valiante.
Photo by Tom Haapanen.
The Lynx Racing driver outpaced rookie Danica Patrick to win the Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic 100, the final round of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship.

"The car was great today," Valiante said after wining his third race of the season and the sixth of his career. "Unfortunately, A.J. dropped out because I think we had a car to challenge him today. But once I got into the lead, the car was great. It was quite easy to drive."

Today's win enabled Valiante to clinch third in the championship, while Patrick's second place finish was her and Team Rahal's best effort of the year, moving up one position in the final standings to sixth.

Ryan Dalziel, who lost out to Valiante on the start, finished third. The Scot, however, was not happy about it, proclaiming that race officials had made a "stupid move" by allowing Valiante to assume Allmendinger's position at the start. Nevertheless, Sierra Sierra Racing's driver finished second in the championship on the strength of his eighth podium of the season.

Jon Fogarty and Jonathan Macri rounded out the top-five. Macri finished this season out fourth in the championship standings with the first year Polestar Atlantic team.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Ryan Dalziel , Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Jonathan Macri , Danica Patrick