Milwaukee, Wisconsin (June 1, 2001) -- Dede Rogers, owner of the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic championship-winning DSTP Atlantic team, today announced that she has taken a proactive step toward ensuring the future of DSTP in the Atlantic series via...
Milwaukee, Wisconsin (June 1, 2001) -- Dede Rogers, owner of the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic championship-winning DSTP Atlantic team, today announced that she has taken a proactive step toward ensuring the future of DSTP in the Atlantic series via the restructuring of several key management positions. Following the release of vice president Jim Griffith, team manager Pam Griffith and data specialist Bruce Potter, Craig Perkins fills the role of interim race engineer, while DSTP Atlantic championship-winning driver Buddy Rice and S3 Racing principal Kent Stacy serve as team advisors. "I consider this to be the finest team in the Atlantic series," said Rogers. "I felt it was in the best interest of DSTP and to all of the guys on the crew to implement these management changes effective immediately. My commitment is to focus on the Atlantic series and to seek further Atlantic victories and championship titles. We have a great driver in Joey Hand and some terrific people supporting us. Jim, Pam and Bruce have served us well over the years and I certainly wish the best for them and their future endeavors."
Perkins most recently served as Mike Conte's race engineer at Lynx Racing during the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic season after several years of Indy Lights, sports car and Ferrari Challenge experience. As a team owner, Stacy has been instrumental to the careers of several young drivers in Formula Mazda, sports car and NASCAR competition. Stacy also fielded Hand's 1999 Star Mazda Series Best Western and West Division championship-winning efforts. Rice re-joins DSTP in an advisory capacity on race strategy, car set-up and vehicle dynamics. Bud Wilkinson, who also worked with Hand at S3 Racing, takes over as data specialist.
DSTP captured the 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic championship with Rice by virtue of five wins, three second-place finishes, two thirds, two pole positions and six fastest race laps in the team's first season of Atlantic competition.
Rogers formed DSTP in 1994 and first fielded a team in the Dodge Shelby Pro Series before moving into the U.S. F2000 National Championship series in 1995. Such notable drivers as Memo Gidley, Alex Barron and Jerry Nadeau competed in cars fielded by DSTP.
Round three of the 12-race 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship season continues this weekend at the Milwaukee Mile, as part of the Miller Lite 225 CART FedEx Championship weekend.