BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (Jan. 19, 2003) - Phyllis Dorricott confirmed today that Dorricott Racing has re-signed second-year Dorricott Racing driver Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, for the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship. Dorricott Racing's entry for D?az will again be sponsored by Telmex, the most important telecommunications company in Latin America, and one of the largest telecommunications corporations in the world.
"It feels great to know I will again be joined with Dorricott Racing for the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship," said the 24-year-old D?az. "I think we're going to be as competitive or more so this season particularly since I am working with a great engineer, Alain Clarinval , and I have a solid year of Atlantic racing under my belt. Dorricott Racing should have a good opportunity compete for another Toyota Atlantic title although I'm sure that this season's Atlantic Championship will be even more competitive than last year."
D?az also cited that much of his good fortune in returning to Dorricott Racing was due to the confidence and support he has received from Telmex.
"There is no question that Telmex has been very important in my development as a professional driver," said D?az. "Telmex's commitment to motorsports and my career has allowed me to work with a first class team like Dorricott Racing just like Telmex is a world leader in the telecommunications industry."
The former Formula Mexico Champion and Mexican Formula 3 Rookie of the Year finished fourth in the 2002 Toyota Atlantic Championship. He earned two pole positions, including the season-opening pole at Monterrey, Mexico, and fourth round pole at Portland. He also scored two victories at Portland and Road America driving the Dorricott Racing-prepared Telmex/Quaker State-sponsored Swift.
D?az made his Champ Car career debut with Fernandez Racing at the 2002 CART season finale - the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante - after Adrian Fernandez was sidelined due to a fracture of the T2 vertebrae resulting from a multi-car incident in Australia.
Fernandez Racing kicks off its pre-season testing program with D?az putting the #51 Tecate/Quaker State/Telmex machine through its initial paces at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on Monday, Jan. 20. Diaz will shake down the new Ford-Cosworth/Lola/Bridgestone package to be piloted by owner/driver Adrian Fernandez as the team prepares for the start of the 2003 Bridgestone Presents the Champ Car World Series powered by Ford.
"I couldn't be happier knowing that Luis is back with Dorricott Racing," said Phyllis Dorricott. "He had such a good first year with us. His Atlantic experience combined with the experience he has gained testing a Champ car for Adrian Fernandez has helped make him a complete driver."
Clarinval rejoined Dorricott Racing this winter. His championship history with Dorricott Racing dates back to his last stint with the team when he was Chief Engineer for the 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights champions and current Champ Car and Patrick Racing driver Oriol Servia, of Pals, Catalonia, Spain.
Dorricott Racing, the defending Toyota Atlantic champions, will be entering its second year of Atlantic racing. A multi-car effort is still planned with other drivers and sponsors be named at a later date.
Race results, team, and sponsor information are available on Dorricott Racing's official web site, http://www.dorricottracing.com. The 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship opens its season at the Monterrey Grand Prix in Monterrey, Mexico, on Sunday, March 23, 2003.