Hylton Motorsports 2001 champions

Irvine, California --Hoover Orsi and Hylton Motorsports clinched the 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship en route to their ninth podium finish of the season Sunday at the Molson Indy Vancouver. The 23-year old Orsi, a native of Campo Grande,...

Irvine, California --Hoover Orsi and Hylton Motorsports clinched the 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship en route to their ninth podium finish of the season Sunday at the Molson Indy Vancouver.

The 23-year old Orsi, a native of Campo Grande, Brazil, is a sophomore in the Atlantic series. In his rookie season last year, Orsi finished seventh in the Atlantic championship, earning three third place podium finishes, and giving Hylton Motorsports their best championship finish in it's three years of Atlantic competition.

Hylton Motorsports team owner, Keith Hylton recruited Orsi to the Atlantic series after capturing the 1999 South American Formula 3 Championship. Entering his third year of Atlantic competition, Hylton had set his sights toward an Atlantic championship and felt Orsi was the driver who could do the job. Orsi did not disappoint, he finished in the points in all eight of his race finishes.

With the exception of Orsi and Team Manager Richard Raeder, a member of the 1993 Atlantic championship team, Hylton recruited seven new team members to battle for the 2001 Atlantic championship, including two-time Atlantic Champion and Indy Lights Champion, Driver Coach David Empringham and Engineer Kyle Brannan, who engineered Anthony Lazarro to the 1999 Atlantic Championship. The expertise and dedication among the Hylton Motorsports crew including Crew Chief Alaric Edscorn, Data and Shock Technician Eric Crowder, Mechanic Tom Lutz and Transport Drivers Vinnie Baud and Robert Smith led Orsi to an impressive record which includes a podium finish in nine of ten events run to date this season. "This team and driver are certainly the most dedicated and talented group of individuals that I have ever had the pleasure to work with. Their work ethic and single mindedness has inspired me; champions they are," said team owner Keith Hylton.

Entering the 2001 Atlantic season searching for their maiden victory and pole position, Hylton Motorsports has since claimed five Atlantic victories, three of which were consecutive from pole position and lead every lap; three second place finishes, one third place finish and four pole positions, clinching the championship with two races remaining. Orsi's "three-peat" was the first time a driver had won three consecutive races from pole, and lead every lap since Patrick Carpentier accomplished the fete in 1996. Orsi is also one of four drivers in the Atlantic series rich 27-year history to have won four consecutive pole positions. Orsi earned the Atlantic championship through consistency throughout the season, claiming multiple victories on oval, road and street courses.

"Hoover's talent and results throughout the season speak for themself and I am confident he and the crew will continue their race winning results in Houston and Laguna Seca as graceful champions," said team manager, Richard Raeder.

A former racecar driver, Keith Hylton started Hylton Motorsports in 1996. A team owner and sponsor, the US Print livery adorns the #9 Atlantic car driven by Orsi, the #93 Winston Cup car driven by Dave Blaney in the NASCAR Winston Cup Series and the #10 Sprint car driven by Dale Blaney in the World of Outlaw Series. Owned and operated by Keith Hylton, US Print is one of the most sophisticated turnkey software manufacturing companies in the world.

Hylton Motorsports will continue their championship winning effort in the two final races of the 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic season at Houston and Laguna Seca in October.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Patrick Carpentier , Hoover Orsi , David Empringham , Robert Smith