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Fast Facts -- Lynx Racing in the Barber Dodge Pro Series support race during the Miller Lite 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 11 - 13 - Lynx Racing driver Sara Senske, still recovering from the effects of a broken hand suffered in...

Fast Facts -- Lynx Racing in the Barber Dodge Pro Series support race during the Miller Lite 200 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, August 11 - 13

- Lynx Racing driver Sara Senske, still recovering from the effects of a broken hand suffered in a testing accident at Sebring, will yield her seat in the #19 Lynx Racing Reynard 98E to Joey Hand for the Mid-Ohio round of the Barber Dodge Pro Series, August 11 - 13.

- Senske and Hand were teammates on Kent Stacy's S3 Racing team in the Star Mazda series in 1999. Hand won the series championship, and Senske, who competed in 20 races (Star Mazda and Women's Global GT Series) that year, finished 6th.

- Lynx Racing is the most unique and successful racing team/driver development program in auto racing today, and is the only championship-winning team owned by women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty.

If you ever wondered what role the 'hand of fate' plays in auto racing, you need look no further than the coincidences that abound in Lynx Racing's 2000 season. First, early this season, Lynx graduate and current Player's/Forsythe driver Patrick Carpentier breaks his hand and Memo Gidley, also a Lynx graduate, is called in to substitute. He does so well that he winds up getting a ride for the rest of the season with John Della Penna, who was the Lynx team manager back in 1994 when the drivers were Richie Hearn and Clint Mears. Then, a month ago, Lynx driver Sara Senske breaks her thumb in a testing crash at Sebring and winds up with her hand in a cast, unable to drive in the upcoming Barber Dodge Pro Series race at Mid-Ohio. And substituting for her is.... Joey Hand. Hand, who won three races and the series championship as Senske's teammate on Kent Stacy's S3 Racing team in the Star Formula Mazda series, has not raced since the final event of the 1999 season due to his own injury. "This is a big opportunity for me, and while I'm sorry for Sara, I'm happy that Lynx thinks enough of my potential to put me in the car," says Hand, 21, of Sacramento, California. "I had a really good season in 1999, but I had a big crash in the SKUSA Supernationals kart race at Las Vegas and had to have two surgeries on my left elbow so I was out for five months. I'm back to a hundred percent physically, and I've run a couple of kart races since then, so even though I've never driven a Barber Dodge Pro Series car before, I'm feeling good and looking forward to the challenge. It's going to be a steep learning curve, but we'll have two half hour test sessions on Thursday, and I've been studying tapes of last year's race, talking to Sara and other people in the series and doing whatever I can to be prepared. After seeing Memo Gidley step into Carpentier's car at Long Beach under similar conditions and do so well, I'm making it my goal for this weekend to do the same." Hand began his racing career in 1993 with a national karting championship in the Junior Piston Port class, and since then has won more than 15 championships in various classes. In 1996 he raced both karts and cars, winning four national karting championships and two regional Formula Mazda races, both of them from the pole. In 1997 he was the runner-up in the Team Green Academy, and in 1998 ran his first full season in the Star Mazda Pro Series, winning on the oval at Pike's Peak and finishing fourth in the championship. He followed that up in 1999 with three wins and the series championship. "Joey is someone who's career we've been following for several years, and we're happy to have him in the car at Mid-Ohio," says Lynx team manager Steve Cameron. "He's very much like Memo Gidley both in how talented he is and how hard he's worked to get where he is, and it's the Lynx tradition to help drivers like that whenever we can. Sara is naturally anxious to get back into the car, but her hand is just out of the cast and she'll need some physical therapy and seat time in a kart before she's fully fit. She'll be back for the Road America race the following weekend." The Barber Dodge Pro Series is a 'spec' series that spotlights driver ability and features identically-prepared open-wheel race cars powered by 250 hp V-6 Dodge engines. Like cars in the CART FedEx series, the Barber Dodge cars have carbon-fiber chassis and 'sequential' 6-speed transmissions. The races are all one-hour 'sprint' events with no scheduled pit stops. Eight of the races on the 12-event schedule will be held in conjunction with CART FedEx races during the 2000 season. "I was looking forward to driving at Mid-Ohio, but it's a physically-demanding track and my hand just isn't up to it yet," says Senske. "I've been very fortunate to be associated with Lynx Racing for the past three and a half years, and while I'm disappointed not to be driving, I'm very happy that the team is taking this opportunity to give a really deserving guy like Joey a break when he needs it. That said, I'm looking forward to getting back in the car and getting my season going again at Road America."

<pre> On Track Schedule Friday, August 11 8:45 a.m. - 9:15 a.m. Barber Dodge Pro Series Practice 1:45 p.m. - 2:15 p.m. Barber Dodge Pro Series Preliminary Qualifying Saturday, August 12 8:30 a.m. - 9:00 a.m. Barber Dodge Pro Series Practice 1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m. Barber Dodge Pro Series Final Qualifying Sunday, August 13 9:15 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. Barber Dodge Pro Series Warm-Up 4:30 p.m. - 5:10 p.m. Barber Dodge Pro Series Race

Barber Dodge Pro Series Television Coverage (EDT)

All Barber Dodge Pro Series Races are broadcast on ESPN2. Check local listings.

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Series Other open wheel
Drivers Memo Gidley , Patrick Carpentier , Richie Hearn , Joey Hand , Steve Cameron