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Lynx Racing to be honored at Laguna Seca gala

April 8,  2002

Monterey, CA (April 8, 2002) - The Grand Prix of Monterey weekend, June 7, 8, 9, kicks off with the La Gala Seca charity dinner and auction Friday evening, June 7, at the Embassy Suites on Monterey Bay. Lynx Racing is this year's honoree. Lynx Racing, of the CART Toyota Atlantics Championship Series, is a unique and successful combination of a championship-winning race team and driver development program.

Over the last nine years, La Gala Seca has generated close to half a million dollars in proceeds that have benefited women's and children's charities throughout the Monterey Peninsula. As always, proceeds from this year's event will again benefit local charities.

Lynx Racing is owned and operated by Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty (pictured right, Peggy in front). 2002 marks the team's 12th year of helping some of the best young drivers in auto racing today realize their full potential.

"The team has been a great partner with Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for many years and should be recognized for its accomplishments that have impacted the motorsports world in such a positive way," says Kathryn Hayworth, president of SCRAMP, the not for profit organization that manages the raceway.

The team's mission is to seek out young drivers with championship potential, provide them with funding, the best equipment, grooming in the social and corporate skills, and assist them in making the jump to the top levels of the sport. And they have done just that. Lynx is pleased to count among its graduates CART FedEx drivers Patrick Carpentier, Alex Barron and Memo Gidley. Other fine drivers like Richie Hearn, Buddy Rice, Mike Conte, Jeret Schroeder, David Rutledge and Sara Senske are also part of the Lynx Racing heritage.

"The contributions that Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty have made to auto racing are immeasurable," says Vicki O'Connor, President & Chief Executive Officer, Toyota
Atlantic Championship. "Over the past 12 years, Peggy and Jackie have dedicated themselves to the development of the young drivers that have been a part of Lynx Racing and the many successes of these drivers speaks volumes for their work. I have had the pleasure of knowing and working with Lynx Racing during this time and the honor being bestowed on them is very well deserved."

"I can only echo the sentiments of Vicki and those of us fortunate enough to have been associated with the Toyota Atlantic Championship Series over the past 12 years," says Les Unger, National Motorsports Manager at Toyota Motor Sales U.S.A. "Lynx Racing serves as a beacon to the rest of the racing community and symbolizes what commitment to the "stars of tomorrow" means. At the end of the day, Peggy and Jackie have sacrificed and delivered at a level that few others have attained."

"Racing is far more than just getting in a car and driving fast," says Haas. "At the top levels it's a business, an art and a spiritual quest, and to succeed at it takes structure, direction and the help of people who understand the goal and what it takes to get there."

"Every Lynx driver has the potential to become a champion at the highest levels of the sport," says Doty. "Our challenge is to develop their mind and spirit into something clear and powerful. The ones who finally 'get it' have an unlimited future."

La Gala Seca will be held Friday evening, June 7, at the Embassy Suites on Monterey Bay. The traditional charitable function leads up to the CART FedEx Championship Series, Grand Prix of Monterey featuring the Shell 300, Sunday June 9.

La Gala offers a rare opportunity to celebrate the Grand Prix of Monterey weekend with fellow fans and numerous racing personalities, including drivers, officials and sponsors. The La Gala Seca honor roll reads like a who's who of racing - Mario Andretti, Danny Sullivan, Rick Mears, Bobby Rahal, American Honda, Target/Chip Ganassi Racing and Kenny Brack.

The event will include cocktails, hors d'oeuvres and an elegant buffet dinner. There will be live and silent auctions offering an incredible selection of motorsports memorabilia, wines, jewelry, art and much more. Again, proceeds from this event will benefit charities throughout the Monterey Peninsula.

The 2002 La Gala Seca will take place Friday night, June 7, at Embassy Suites Monterey. Tickets are $85.00 per person. For tickets and information, please call 831-648-5100 or 1-800-327-SECA or log on to www.laguna-seca.com.

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