IRL: Indy 500: DSTP Atlantic grads race report

DSTP graduates do well at Indy 500 Chesterland, Ohio (May 27, 2003) -- While many of the drivers that competed in this year's Indianapolis 500 took different paths to make it into "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing", four men had one thing ...

DSTP graduates do well at Indy 500

Chesterland, Ohio (May 27, 2003) -- While many of the drivers that competed in this year's Indianapolis 500 took different paths to make it into "The Greatest Spectacle in Racing", four men had one thing in common to reach the field of 33. DSTP Motorsports, based in Chesterland, Ohio, was home at one time to four drivers that competed Sunday in the Memorial Day weekend classic.

Not only was it a feat to land a coveted spot in the field, but all four drivers finished in the top half of the field by the time the checkered flag fell.

Leading the way was Alex Barron who posted another strong Indy showing for the second straight year. Following his fourth place finish in the event last year, Barron followed it up with a sixth place run Sunday to lead the former DSTP drivers. Barron competed with DSTP in 1996 in the Formula Ford 2000 Championship before moving on to win a Toyota Atlantic Championship the following season. Just behind Barron was Tony Renna, who finished seventh in his first Indianapolis 500 start. Renna ran select races with DSTP in 1997 while competing in the Formula Ford 2000 Championship.

Two-time Indy Racing League Champion, Sam Hornish Jr., placed 15th in the event just shy of finishing when his engine expired while running sixth. Hornish ran several races with DSTP in the mid 90's in the Formula Ford 2000 Championship. Finally, 2000 CART Toyota Atlantic Champion, Buddy Rice, finished 11th in his first ever race at the Brickyard. Rice, who won the 2000 Atlantic Championship, while driving in DSTP's first season in the series, drove a solid race yesterday bringing the Red Bull Cheever Racing Dallara Chevy to the finish unscathed.

"I have been trying to get to this point throughout my whole career," said Buddy Rice, who is competing in his first full season in the Indy Racing League. "To be able to get to run in the Indianapolis 500 which is every driver's dream is still unbelievable. Without being able to drive in the lower formulas and win a Championship with DSTP, it would have made it much harder to get to this point. So, I owe a lot to Dede Rogers and the people at DSTP along with many others who have helped make this happen."

It is back to the present this weekend when DSTP Motorsports and current driver, Joey Hand, try to write more history at the Round 3 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship race at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wisconsin on May 31st.

Through DSTP Motorsports, Dede 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 the Atlantic title during DSTP Motorsports first season in the series in 2000.

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Series IndyCar
Drivers Jerry Nadeau , Memo Gidley , Joey Hand , Alex Barron , Buddy Rice , Tony Renna , Sam Hornish Jr. , Sam Hornis