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Rice Wins Toyota Atlantic Race

March 26, 2000

HOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) _ Buddy Rice of Phoenix passed Dan Wheldon with one lap to go and won the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sunday.

This was the second of two Toyota Atlantic races over the weekend. On Saturday, Wheldon, of Newport Beach, Calif., beat Rice in the season opener.

Rice started fourth Sunday but took the lead from Wheldon, the polesitter, on the first lap and controlled most of the race. Wheldon took the lead for the first time on lap 48 following a restart, but a lap later, Rice regained the lead for good. It was Rice’s second Atlantic career victory.

Rocky Moran, Jr. of Coto de Caza, Calif., finished a career-best third, passing Andrew Bordin on the final lap.

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