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Rice Wins Toyota Atlantic Race

April 16, 2000

LONG BEACH, Calif. (AP) _ Buddy Rice raced to his second straight CART Toyota Atlantic Championship victory Saturday, winning the 32-lap event in the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

Rice, who also won in Homestead, Fla., started third and jumped ahead of front-row starters Dan Wheldon and Andrew Bordin at the first turn. Wheldon reclaimed the lead on lap 5, but Rice took the lead for good on lap 15 and went on to win by over 17 seconds.

David Rutledge passed Bordin on the 31st lap to finish second. Wheldon, the first-year driver from England, started on the pole and finished fourth following gearbox problems.

Rice holds a 60-50 points lead over Wheldon after three of 12 events. Bordin is third with 34 points.

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