Orsi to drive for Sierra Sierra at Milwaukee

INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2003) - Minden, Nev.-based Sierra Sierra Enterprises announced today that 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic champion Hoover Orsi will replace Canadian Marc DeVellis and drive the team's ...

INDIANAPOLIS (May 21, 2003) - Minden, Nev.-based Sierra Sierra Enterprises announced today that 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic champion Hoover Orsi will replace Canadian Marc DeVellis and drive the team's #7 Pro-Works Toyota/Swift at the upcoming Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 Presented by Miller Lite on Saturday, May 31 (SPEED Channel, 6/1, 9:00 p.m. ET).

Orsi, the winner of five races en route to the 2001 championship including the event at The Milwaukee Mile, was selected to replace DeVellis based on his past history in the series as well as his prowess on oval circuits. Two of the Brazilian's five career Toyota Atlantic victories have come on oval circuits, as he won from the pole position at Chicago Motor Speedway in 2001 as well as the '01 Milwaukee race.

"We're thrilled to welcome a driver as talented as Hoover Orsi to the team for the Milwaukee race, and we're fortunate that a driver with Hoover's ability is available," said Sierra Sierra Enterprises team manager, Richard Raeder. "This decision was difficult for our team, as we believe Marc DeVellis is extremely talented and we enjoy working with him. However, we just felt that our best opportunity to compete for the victory in Milwaukee was by going with Hoover based on what he has done in the past. We are confident that Hoover will have little difficulty getting up to speed when we get on-track in Milwaukee."

The 25-year-old driver from Sao Paulo, Brazil returns to the series for the first time since he finished third in the 2001 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship season finale at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca to cap his championship season. In addition to his five career Toyota Atlantic race victories, Orsi has qualified on the pole position in four Toyota Atlantic races, and has finished on the podium a total of 14 times in 24 career Toyota Atlantic starts, including 11 podiums in the 12-race 2001 season. Prior to entering Atlantic competition in 2000, Orsi won the 1999 South American Formula 3 Championship in the Class A division with four victories, five second place results, and three third place finishes.

"It will be great to see Hoover back behind the wheel of a Toyota Atlantic machine at Milwaukee," said CART Toyota Atlantic Championship president, Vicki O'Connor. "Clearly, he is one of the most talented drivers ever to compete in our series, and I can't wait to see him battling wheel-to-wheel with the other fierce competitors that we've got in the series this year. I expect the race to be thrilling, and there's little doubt that Hoover will be right there in the middle of it all."

The Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250 Presented by Miller Lite is Round Three of the 12-race 2003 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship schedule, and the only Toyota Atlantic event that will be held on an oval this season.

The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship is one of the world's premier open-wheel development series and the penultimate step on the Champ Car "Ladder System." The series is noted for its long history of graduating its stars into Champ Car competition. Drivers who have graduated from Atlantic are current Champ Car competitors Jimmy Vasser, Patrick Carpentier, Alex Tagliani, Roberto Moreno, Ryan Hunter-Reay, Patrick Lemarie, and Rodolfo Lavin as well as former Champ Car champions Bobby Rahal, Danny Sullivan, Michael Andretti and Jacques Villeneuve.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Jacques Villeneuve , Michael Andretti , Jimmy Vasser , Patrick Lemarié , Roberto Moreno , Bobby Rahal , Patrick Carpentier , Hoover Orsi , Danny Sullivan , Ryan Hunter-Reay