DSTP states position on Atlantic and F2000 series
Chesterland, Ohio (October 19, 2001) - Dede Rogers, owner of DSTP Motorsports, today clarified that her involvement in professional racing has focused solely on the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship series for the 2000 and 2001 seasons. Any reference to DSTP and its involvement with this year's U.S. F2000 National Championship does not reflect on Rogers, or anyone else currently associated with the DSTP CART Toyota Atlantic team.
"I would like to clarify that I, as well as anyone else remaining a part of the DSTP CART Toyota Atlantic team, was not involved with the DSTP team that briefly competed in this year's U.S. F2000 National Championship," said Rogers. "A small group of people, who were fired from DSTP earlier this year, started the 2-liter team as a separate program. The actions of that team are in no way connected to or condoned by myself or anyone else who remains a part of DSTP Atlantic. Our commitment is to the CART Toyota Atlantic series and will continue to be so for many years to come."
The statement by Rogers is in response to a forum posting on seventhgear.com alleging the team of wrong-doing to U.S. F2000 National Championship competitor Bryan Sellers, who briefly drove for the now defunct F2000 team bearing the DSTP name.
"Dede has always been a very true and genuine person," said Sellers. "It's a shame when a forum posting is based on misinformation and reflects negatively on a person as good as Dede, as well as a team as professional as DSTP Atlantic."
DSTP Atlantic driver Joey Hand most recently captured the 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship Rookie-of-the-Year title, and finished third overall by virtue of two wins, one pole, two fastest race laps and six podiums. Hand will return to pilot the DSTP Atlantic entry in next year's championship series.
Through DSTP, Rogers has established herself as a true believer in promoting talented young American drivers into professional racing. Formed in 1994, DSTP first campaigned a team in the Dodge Shelby Pro Series before moving into the U.S. F2000 National Championship in 1995. Such notable drivers as Memo Gidley, Alex Barron, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Jerry Nadeau competed in cars fielded by DSTP before Buddy Rice swept to last year's CART Toyota Atlantic title in the team's rookie Atlantic season.
Further information is available on the team's web site at www.dstpmotorsports.com as well as the official Atlantic series site at www.toyotaatlantic.com.