Lynx rebuffs 'cheating' innuendo

Lynx Racing of Sonoma, CA, which is leading America's one-make CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, has responded vigorously to insinuations of cheating by rivals. "This seems to happen every time Lynx has a winning season," said TM Steve Cameron. "Other teams try to achieve with rumour and innuendo what they haven't been able to achieve on the track." The team's website pointedly quotes Thomas Fuller from 1732: "Knaves imagine nothing can be done without knavery."

Lynx rebuffs 'cheating' innuendo

Lynx Racing is owned by two women, Peggy Haas and Jackie Doty. It is in its 12th year of running promising young drivers and providing them with the funding ($2.5m over two years) and training to realize their potential. The Lynx programme focuses as much on a driver's mental and spiritual development as on-track skills - a process the team calls 'Destiny by Design'.

Cameron continued: "Our car has been examined in detail before and after every race. We have provided extensive computer data to both the Atlantic series and CART that has already proved beyond any doubt that Lynx is in total compliance with all technical specifications. It's a tactic on their part to distract our attention from the job of winning the championship - and it's not going to work. We do have an advantage, but it's neither hardware nor software. It's hard work, a dedicated team and an extraordinary driver [series points leader Michael Valiante]."

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