LOS ANGELES, CALIF. (August 9, 2001)- Lynx Racing announced today that it
will field a car for Jason LaPoint, currently running second in the U.S.
F2000 Championship, in three of the final four races of the CART Toyota
LaPoint, 24, of Woodburn, Oregon, will be teamed with David Rutledge, 23,
of Vancouver, B.C., who is currently second in the Atlantic championship
with three wins from the pole. LaPoint will drive the No. 32 Lynx
Racing/Infinity Motorsports Swift 008.a at the Motorola 220 at Road America
on August 19, the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Houston on October 7, and
the season-finale Honda Grand Prix of Monterey on October 13.
No. 32 is the number used by CART FedEx driver Alex Barron when he won the
Atlantic championship with Lynx in 1997, and is the number currently used by
Patrick Carpentier (who won the Atlantic title in 1996 with Lynx) on his
Player's/Forsythe Reynard. Lynx alumni also include Memo Gidley, now driving
for Target Chip Ganassi.
"To say I'm jazzed about the opportunity is a complete understatement,"
said LaPoint, who hopes to move into the U.S. F2000 championship points lead
at the season-finale at Daytona International, on September 15-16.
"Every young driver in my position would give anything for a shot at the
Lynx ride," said LaPoint. "I'd like to thank Alan Green of Infinity
Motorsports and all the other people who helped make this possible. I've
raced at Road America recently in the U.S. F2000 race where I won the pole
and set a track record, so even though this will be my first-ever Atlantic
race, I'm hoping to make a good impression on the team and help support
David's battle for the championship."
Driving the No. 89 Infinity Motorsports/Regency Aviation/TrackMagic Van
Diemen Ford for the Richard Morgan Racing team, LaPoint sits second in the
U.S. F2000 Championship with 1 win, two poles, four front-row starts and
four podium finishes.
"Bringing in a new teammate during the stretch run of a championship is
something only a team the caliber of Lynx could do successfully," said
Rutledge. "I raced against Jason in karts in the Pacific Northwest before he
moved down to Southern California, and he's obviously very talented, so I
think that even though he's new to this level of racing, he'll make a
positive contribution to the team."
LaPoint began racing karts in 1989, won a variety of regional and national
championships before being signed in 1997 as the factory test and race
driver by Trackmagic Karts -- a position held until that point by Lynx
graduate Memo Gidley, now driving for Target Chip Ganassi in CART. LaPoint
was chosen for the Team Green Academy in 1997, and won the Skip Barber
Karting Scholarship in 1998. His prize was a sponsored season in the Formula
Dodge Midwest Series where he won five races in 1999 and was selected for
the Barber Dodge Pro Series Shootout. He also won the SKUSA S1 Moto World
Championship in 1999, driving for Trackmagic. In 2000, LaPoint was the
factory Star Formula Mazda driver on the Valley Motor Center team, winning
'Rookie of the Year' and finishing third in the championship. He earned the
money for his Formula Mazda season as a driver coach and at-the-track car
Both of LaPoint's parents raced karts, so he grew up at the track -- but
without letting his racing interfere with his studies. He graduated high
school with honors, was his class salutatorian, editor of the school paper
and captain of the tennis team. His other interests include baseball,
basketball, soccer and slalom skiing. He then attended Willamette University
before transferring to Portland State University to study Marketing and
"Jason has proved over the last ten years that he's one of the top young
American drivers, and we're happy to give him the chance to show just how
good he really is," said Lynx Racing team manager Steve Cameron. "Usually
when we evaluate a driver's future potential, we have to look at what
they've done in the past and make an educated guess about what they might be
able to achieve. But with Jason, as with Michael Valiante, who ran four
races with us earlier in the season, we have the luxury of seeing how they
perform under pressure in the middle of a championship season where every
minute of track time counts."
2001 marks the 11th 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
mental, psychological and spiritual growth in addition to their on-track
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.
For further information on Lynx Racing and its drivers, please contact the
team's public relations manager, Peter Frey, at (818) 906-6997.
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