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Dorricott Racing Begins 2002 Toyota Atlantic Campaign This Weekend In Monterrey, Mexico BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (March 4, 2002) - Two new faces will wear the Dorricott moniker alongside another rising star from Dorricott Racing when the 12-race 2002...

Dorricott Racing Begins 2002 Toyota Atlantic Campaign This Weekend In Monterrey, Mexico

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (March 4, 2002) - Two new faces will wear the Dorricott moniker alongside another rising star from Dorricott Racing when the 12-race 2002 Toyota Atlantic Championship makes its debut at the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix

The 32 lap/67.2 mile opening round of the 2002 Toyota Atlantic Championship will be around the challenging 2.104-mile, 12-turn street circuit in Monterrey's Fundidora Park, and is scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. (CT), Saturday, March 9. It is the featured support race to the CART FedEx Championship Series Tecate Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix, presented by Herdez, the following day.

Second year Dorricott driver Jon Fogarty, of Portola Valley, Calif., is looking to make a quick impact in his rookie season of Atlantic competition. What he lacks in "Atlantic" experience may be off-set by the fact that he is one of only a handful of drivers who have ever raced in a support event at Fundidora Park.

Fogarty gave the Fundidora Park podium a distinct "Dorricott Racing" feel when he finished third place in the Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Lola in last year's Dayton Indy Lights Championship. Dorricott Racing ended up being "the toast of the track" as former Dorricott driver Townsend Bell, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., won the race. Bell is driving the #20 Visteon/Patrick Racing Toyota Reynard in the CART FedEx Championship this season.

Following Monterrey, Fogarty earned the outside pole in round two at Long Beach. He developed into a consistent front-runner during the next couple of races before being sidelined with a herniated cervical disk.

Fogarty missed six races including five mid-season events at Portland, Kansas, Toronto, Mid-Ohio, and St. Louis. He returned for round 10 at Road Atlanta and promptly qualified on the outside pole. The following week he qualified and finished a career-best second place at Laguna Seca in round 11. Fogarty, however, decided to "error on the side of medical caution" at the season finale at California Speedway and withdrew. He finished 11th place in Indy Lights with 48 points.

New to Dorricott Racing in 2002 is veteran Indy Lights and Atlantic rookie Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, and veteran Atlantic driver Alex Gurney, of Newport Beach, Calif.

Diaz, who will drive the No. 33 Telmex Swift .014a, scored 88 points and finished seventh place in the 2001 Dayton Indy Lights Championship with Roquin Motorsports. A veteran of 24 Indy Lights races, Diaz scored an Indy Lights career best third place finish and set the fastest lap at Laguna Seca. Diaz joins Fogarty as one of the few drivers in this weekend's Toyota Atlantic event that have raced at Monterrey. Diaz qualified and finished 11th place last year at Monterrey.

Diaz proved his front-runner capabilities in 2001 behind fourth place finishes at Texas Motor Speedway and Milwaukee. He also placed fifth at Toronto for his fourth top-five showing. Late race wet weather at Portland and Road Atlanta contributed to spins in races that otherwise would have seen Diaz reach the podium. Other highlights last year included career-best qualifying of fourth at Portland and Laguna Seca.

Gurney is a veteran of multiple internationally recognized open-wheel formula racing series' including one season in the Barber Dodge Pro Series, two years in the Toyota Atlantic Championship, and one season of British Formula 3.

Gurney's Toyota Atlantic experience dates back to his rookie season in 1999 where he scored a season-best fifth-place at Montreal. His best qualifying result of fourth came at Houston while driving for P1 Racing/Team KOOL Green. An overall Atlantic finish of 12th place hid the fact that he scored points in each of the seven races he completed.

Gurney's sophomore season in Atlantic was with the All-American Racers first-year Atlantic program where he finished eight place in the Atlantic Championship. Gurney cemented his reputation as a front-runner by winning the pole at Cleveland, qualifying in the top-five in eight of 12 races, and scoring seven top-10 finishes.

Gurney ran in the British Formula 3 Championship in 2001 where he was regularly "in the points" and scored eight top-10 finishes despite being encumbered by a new Renault engine still in development. He was among eight drivers invited by Dorricott Racing to test at Buttonwillow Raceway Park outside of Bakersfield, Calif., for potential driver openings in 2002. Gurney opened many eyes when he not only ran the fastest time of any invitee, but also ran some of the fastest recorded lap times of any driver Dorricott Racing had ever tested at Buttonwillow.

Speed Channel will provide a same-day delayed telecast of the Monterrey Toyota Atlantic Championship race from 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. ET (6:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. PT), Saturday, March 9.

Dorricott Racing is a year-round professional motorsports organization with its race shop located in Bakersfield, Calif. Detailed race results, team, and sponsor information are available on Dorricott Racing's official web site, www.dorricottracing.com.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Jon Fogarty , Townsend Bell , Luis Diaz