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Geoff Boss Takes First Career PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Win in Toronto TORONTO (July 18) - American Geoff Boss (Cross Pens/Powerware/Timba Lola) led every lap on his way to his first career PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship victory - also the...

Geoff Boss Takes First Career PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Win in Toronto

TORONTO (July 18) - American Geoff Boss (Cross Pens/Powerware/Timba Lola) led every lap on his way to his first career PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship victory - also the first for Lucas Place Motorsports - Sunday at the Molson Indy Toronto. Boss crossed the finish line 1.305 seconds in front of championship leader Oriol Servia (Catalonia/RACC/Elf Lola) but averaged only 76.441 mph for the 43-lap event that was slowed by 14 laps of yellow for five separate incidents. Didier Andre (Motorola/PlayStation/PacWest Lola) completed the top three, his first podium finish of the year. With his third-consecutive second-place finish (and fourth of the year), Servia extended his championship lead over Dorricott-Mears teammate Casey Mears by 13 points, 85 - 72. Mears finished eighth, one position behind the team's third driver Philipp Peter (Remus/Red Bull/ESTEBE Lola) who is now third in the standings with 66 points. Boss is the first driver to claim the Sea-Doo/Ski-Doo "Win From The Pole Bonus" since Mario Dominguez did it in the season opening race in Miami. Boss, who won the pole Saturday with a record lap of 98.049 mph (64.437 seconds) around the 1.755-mile Toronto track, received a roll-over bonus of $6,000 which was part of a season-high $27,000 winner's purse. Felipe Giaffone (Hollywood/Comet Lola) and top rookie Jonny Kane (KOOL Lola) rounded out the top five. Kane's result is a career-best in Indy Lights. Dominguez brought out the first of the day's five cautions when his Herdez/Quaker "Viva Mexico" Lola suffered transmission failure on the pace lap. The race finally started on lap three but the green stayed out for only two laps before Airton Dare hit the wall inTurn 6. Three other contact incidents - for Rodolfo Lavin, David Pook and Ben Collins and Andy Boss, respectively - caused the day's final caution periods. None of the drivers were injured. Dorricott-Mears is the first team to hold the top-three spots in an Indy Lights points championship since Steve Robertson, Eddie Lawson and Andre Ribeiro managed the feat for Tasman Motorsports Group (now Forsythe Championship Racing) following round 8 of the championship at Mid-Ohio in 1994.

Television Coverage - The Toronto PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship race will be shown Wednesday, July 21 at 4:00 a.m. (1:00 a.m. PT).

Post-Race Quotes * Geoff Boss, #7 Cross/Powerware/Timba Lola (first career PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship victory, Sea-Doo/Ski-Doo Win From The Pole bonus winner) "We rolled out of the trailer with a pretty good car and its been strong throughout the whole weekend. The only unknown was how it would run throughout the race. The car was consistent all the way through. I was watching Oriol in my mirrors the whole time but he never really got that close except the one time we had a debris flag in Turn 1. I slowed up a bit, not knowing where the debris might be, and Oriol closed up some but when I got back up to speed I was able to re-establish a bit of a gap."

* Oriol Servia, #32 Catalonia/RACC/Elf Lola (third straight second-place finish, leading championship) "I was trying really hard but Geoff had a really good car today. At one point I thought I could catch him because I saw him sliding a little bit and hoped that eventually his tires would be destroyed. When I finally tried to make my charge, I think I waited too late."

* Didier Andre, #18 Motorola/PlayStation/PacWest Lola (third, first podium finish of 1999) "It's nice to have a good result. We've been very, very competitive at the last two races and at Long Beach, but we've had a lot of bad luck. It's difficult when you're supposed to be a leader in the championship and you're not scoring any points, but the team stayed focused the entire time. I didn't want to take too many risks in Turn 1 today. The beginning of the race was very difficult. It was hard to keep your concentration with all the full course yellows."

* Casey Mears, #30 Sooner Trailer/American Racing Wheels Lola (eighth, second in championship) "The race was a complete turn-around from the rest of the weekend. We struggled with mechanical and set-up problems. Everything turned for the better when we changed to Philipp [Peter]'s set-up. I was able to avoid track trouble during the race. It was most important that I scored points and now we're one-two-three in the point standings. We couldn't be happier heading to Michigan."

Special Awards * Dayton Tire Awards: Casey Mears receives four Dayton Daytona racing tires as the Move to the Front award recipient. Mears improved eleven positions to finish eighth. Jonny Kane receives the Dayton Rookie Award of two Dayton Daytona racing tires as the highest finishing first year driver (fifth). Geoff Boss receives two Dayton Daytona racing tires as the top qualifier.

* Sea-Doo/Ski-Doo Awards: Geoff Boss receives $1,000 for earning his first Sea-Doo/Ski-Doo Pole Award of his career. Boss also receives an additional $6,000 from the Sea-Doo/Ski-Doo Win From The Pole Bonus.

* Nation's Cup: Geoff Boss' victory moves the United States back on top of the Nation's Cup standings with 96 points. Brazil drops to second with 94 points. Servia's second-place finish keeps Spain in third with 85 points.

* MCI WorldCom Fast Pace Award: Geoff Boss receives the $1,000 MCIWORLDCOM Fast Pace Award for his fast lap of 1:05.313 (96.734 mph) on lap 27. Next Event

The next event on the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship schedule is the Detroit News 100 at Michigan Speedway on Saturday, July 24.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Felipe Giaffone , Casey Mears , Didier André , Airton Daré , Oriol Servia , Mario Dominguez , Jonny Kane , Ben Collins , Rodolfo Lavin , Eddie Lawson , Geoff Boss , Andre Ribeiro , Philipp Peter , Steve Robertson