CORONA, Calif. (Sept. 2, 1998) - It's been a little over two weeks since the last Atlantic event for the PDR/Water Joe/Autodesk Racing team and driver Michael Todd David but it has been a productive period of preparation for the next stop...
CORONA, Calif. (Sept. 2, 1998) - It's been a little over two weeks since the last Atlantic event for the PDR/Water Joe/Autodesk Racing team and driver Michael Todd David but it has been a productive period of preparation for the next stop on the Atlantic schedule - round 11 of the 13-race KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship, Saturday, September 5, at the Molson Indy Vancouver, B.C., Canada.
This year's annual return to the Pacific Northwest will mark the ninth consecutive appearance of the KOOL/TOYOTA Atlantic Championship in Canada's western flagship city, but the terms and conditions of the race will be graphically different. Gone is the familiar downtown street circuit through Concord Pacific Place. City expansion, which nearly threatened the preservation of the race, is in full execution. A new, winding 14-turn temporary street circuit is being constructed not far from the previous race course lay-out. Actual track length will not be determined until immediately prior to race weekend through an exacting measurement process supplied by Omega, CART's official timekeeper. An anticipated field of over 30 cars will take a "standing start" at 2:30 p.m. (PT) for an expected 38-lap sprint, setting the stage for the CART FedEx Championship Series Molson Indy Vancouver the following afternoon.
Ill fortune darkened David's last Atlantic race at Road America, Aug. 16, when a broken ring and pinion ended David's day on a second "standing start" called by Atlantic series officials following an aborted first attempt. Until Road America, the PDR/Water Joe/Autodesk team had not suffered a mechanical DNF (did not finish) in nine previous race starts. However, the dynamics of the second start combined with the effects of the first race start played a key role in the mechanical failure.
David, who is 14th overall in the Atlantic championship with 32 points, is also tied with Buddy Rice for 10th place entering the fourth and final round of the 1998 Player's Challenge for the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship. The Player's Challenge will recognize the efforts and results of the 15 highest placing Atlantic drivers who earn the most points in the series' Canadian Atlantic events. A total prize fund of $70,000 (US) has been set aside for the Player's Challenge. ESPN2 will telecast round 11 of the 1998 KOOL/Toyota Atlantic Championship from Vancouver the following day of the race, Sunday, Sept. 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. PT). * VANCOUVER PROMOTION ALERT: The PDR/Water Joe/Autodesk Swift .008a race car will be on display at the Planet Hollywood, 969 Robson Street, Vancouver, on Thursday, Sept. 3, from 4:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. Driver Michael Todd David and the PDR race team will be at Planet Hollywood-Vancouver sometime after 7:00 p.m.