Dorricott Racing News 98-08-28

* Oriol Servia returned to the United States from his home in Pals, Catalonia, Spain, for a one-day test at Laguna Seca Raceway, Wednesday, August 19. It was Servia's first time on Laguna Seca's picturesque but demanding road circuit. The day ...

* Oriol Servia returned to the United States from his home in Pals, Catalonia, Spain, for a one-day test at Laguna Seca Raceway, Wednesday, August 19. It was Servia's first time on Laguna Seca's picturesque but demanding road circuit. The day proved productive and primed him for the Indy Lights race scheduled at Laguna Seca on Sunday, Sept. 13.

"Oriol was new to the track but he learned it quickly," said Dorricott Racing chief engineer Stefan Dwornik. "We weren't attempting to test at track record times. Our primary goal was to familiarize him with the circuit and its nuances. There were 12 other cars also sharing the track so there were some inherent limitations. Parker (Johnstone) was at the session and coached Oriol around the track. Parker's probably driven the track a thousand times himself, especially when he was an instructor.

* Philipp Peter returned to the United States for two days of testing at Buttonwillow Raceway near Bakersfield, Calif., Aug. 24-25, following an extended visit with family and friends in Europe. "The test went well and we accomplished much of what we were seeking," said Peter. "I tested with the spare car on the first day then switched to the new car for the second day. The new car was the one we lost at Michigan. We worked on the set-up, shocks and other elements to get the car best prepared for the upcoming races. It was extremely hot with temperatures in the low 100's in the shade. We had to work through some problems on the second day but then we had a good session. We accomplished a lot but we could have used a couple of more hours to thoroughly complete our goals. We know where the problems are so testing was the best place to make corrections. You don't really have the time to fix things on race weekends. All in all, they were good days and hopefully it will help us gain an advantage in Vancouver.

* September 19th will be a red-letter day in Peter's life as he will wed Elena Croci-Torti, of Lugano, Switzerland, in Lugano. Honeymoon plans are yet to be announced but Peter's bride is expected to attend the Indy Lights season finale at California Speedway. * Dorricott Racing team owners, Bob and Phyllis Dorricott, will be reunited with friend and motorsports executive Sebastian Salvado, of Barcelona, Spain, at Laguna Seca in September. Salvado, who is president of the Royal Automobile Club of Catalonia (RACC), hosted the Dorricott's earlier this year at the Formula One Spanish Grand Prix. In addition to watching the F3000 and Formula One races from "suite" seats above the start-finish line, the Dorricott's were also provided a brief tour of the Benetton garage and car rides around the race circuit's immediately adjacent perimeter road. Salvado last visited the United States in April when he was the team's guest at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Oriol Servia , Philipp Peter