CHAMPCAR/CART: CART statement on Dorricott Sr.

The entire CART community mourns the passing of Bob Dorricott, owner of the Toyota Atlantic team Dorricott Racing. Dorricott passed away Friday, April 26th at his family home in Los Altos Hills, California, of cancer. He was 65. Dorricott and...

The entire CART community mourns the passing of Bob Dorricott, owner of the Toyota Atlantic team Dorricott Racing. Dorricott passed away Friday, April 26th at his family home in Los Altos Hills, California, of cancer. He was 65.

Dorricott and his team were long time supporters of the CART Driver Development Ladder System, having raced in the former Dayton Indy Lights Championship for the last 12 seasons, with full time efforts since 1994. A long list of distinguished drivers have called Dorricott Racing home, including Robbie Buhl, Jeff Ward, Shigeaki Hattori, Luiz Garcia Jr., Philipp Peter, Oriol Servia, Casey Mears, Damien Faulkner and Townsend Bell. Servia and Bell won the 1999 and 2001 Dayton Indy Lights Championship, respectively.

In 2002, Dorricott Racing moved to the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship with a three-car effort for Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney and Luis Diaz. Fogarty won the season opener at Monterrey, Mexico and is the current points leader after two rounds. Gurney and Diaz are currently 4th and 5th in the season points championship.

"Bob was not only an outstanding team owner, he also represented the strength of the Indy Lights in the final years," said Adam Saal, the current VP of Communications for CART and former Public Relations Director for the Dayton Indy Lights Championship from 1991-94 and 1997-2001. Saal attended funeral services on behalf of CART. "Dorricott Racing stood as the standard bearer in the late 90's through 2001, winning the Lights Championship in 1999 and 2001. The best thing for everyone on the team is to continue their winning ways and bring home the Toyota Atlantic Championship in memory of Bob."

Bob Dorricott is survived by his wife Phyllis, daughter Pam, sons Bob Jr. and Jeff and six grandchildren. Services were held on Wednesday, May 1 in Los Altos, California.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the El Camino Hospital Foundation, 2500 Grant Road, WIL 210, Mountain View, California, 94040-4378 or to the Mid-Peninsula Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, California, 94040.

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Series Atlantic , IndyCar , Indy Lights
Drivers Alex Gurney , Casey Mears , Robbie Buhl , Shigeaki Hattori , Jeff Ward , Oriol Servia , Jon Fogarty , Luis Diaz , Damien Faulkner , Philipp Peter , Luiz Garcia