LEC PURDY JOINS DORRICOTT RACING
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (Jan. 18, 1999) - Bob Dorricott, owner of Dorricott Racing, announced today that veteran sports car and open-wheel racing engineer Alec Purdy has joined Dorricott Racing for the 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. Dorricott Racing will again field a two-car team with returning drivers Oriol Servia and Philipp Peter for the 1999 Indy Lights season.
"I am very excited over having an engineer of Alec Purdy's diverse experience join the Dorricott team in our run for the 1999 Indy Lights Championship," said Dorricott. "Alec brings us a step closer to being a consistent front-running contender. I consider him one of motorsports' most knowledgeable and competent engineers and a true asset to our program."
Purdy, who presently resides in El Segundo, Calif., has been involved in professional motorsports for over 27 years with extensive experience in race car engineering, testing, design and fabrication, and new car development. His racing roots began in the highly competitive Canadian Formula Ford Championship where his achievements include being on the 1972 Canadian Formula Ford Championship team which gained an entry into the World Formula Ford Championship at Brands Hatch, England. Purdy worked for Ferret Industries, at Hanover, Ontario, between 1973 and 1983. In addition to designing the Ferret Mk 4 FF, Purdy also claimed three Canadian Formula Ford Championships and numerous regional titles with Ferret Industries.
A graduate of the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Applied Science in mechanical engineering, Purdy worked for specialty engine builder Ryan Performance Machine between 1984 and 1989 before forming his own company Ferret Inc.
Ferret Inc. provided parts, engineering expertise and services to the general racing community. Its clientele became a "who's who" of many of racing's finest teams and drivers.
Ferret Inc.'s customer base included renowned Canadian teams Spenard-David Racing and Brian Stewart Racing (formerly Landford Racing of Toronto). His first experience in the Indy Lights championship was in 1989 where Landford Racing finished second-place with driver Tommy Byrne in the then entitled American Racing Series (ARS). Purdy continued with Brian Stewart the following two years where Stewart guided current CART FedEx star Paul Tracy to the 1990 ARS title, while Eric Bachelart and P.J. Jones finished first and third place respectively, in 1991.
Purdy also provided valuable input for two different IMSA teams in 1991. His work with Cunningham Racing's factory-backed Nissan IMSA GTO program and its Nissan 300ZX GTO led to 14 season competition records. His consultation in chassis and suspension redesign with Leitzinger IMSA GTU cars led to a championship, second place, and third place finish for Leitzinger Racing in the 1992 IMSA GTU championship.
Purdy continued his crossovers between Indy Lights and IMSA through the early '90's in working with Cunningham Racing of El Segundo, Lights drivers Robbie Groff and Buzz Calkins, and IMSA GTS star Steve Millen. His eclectic background includes consulting with CRI on their ARCA and Winston Cup car set-ups in 1995, and Atlantic veteran RDS Motorsports of Toronto. He has also consulted for Indy Regency Racing, Eclipse Racing, and Johansson Motorsports Indy Lights programs.
Dorricott Racing is a year-round professional motorsports organization based at Sears Point International Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Race results, team and sponsor information may be viewed on Dorricott Racing's web site, http://www.dorricottracing.com.