Defending Dayton Indy Lights Champion Dorricott Racing has assigned car numbers to its driver trio of Casey Mears, Jason Bright, and Townsend Bell. Bell will pilot the No. 1 Dorricott Racing Indy Lights Lola. Mears opted for the No. 2...
Defending Dayton Indy Lights Champion Dorricott Racing has assigned car numbers to its driver trio of Casey Mears, Jason Bright, and Townsend Bell. Bell will pilot the No. 1 Dorricott Racing Indy Lights Lola. Mears opted for the No. 2 Lola while Bright will take control of the No. 3 Dorricott Racing entry.
Two new engineers have joined Dorricott Racing for the 2000 Indy Lights season but most of the team returns from its championship season. Team manager Roger Mears and assistant team manager Shane Seneviratne will oversee day-to-day and trackside operations.
Joining the team are Burke Harrison, who will serve as engineer for Casey Mears' No. 2 Sooner Trailer/American Racing Custom Wheels Lola, and Gerald Tyler, who will engineer the No. 3 car for Jason Bright. Alec Purdy returns for his second season with Dorricott Racing as engineer for the No. 1 car of Townsend Bell.
John Martin Jr. will once again handle crew chief duties for Dorricott Racing as well as being the chief mechanic for Mears. Returning Dorricott Racing veterans Andrew Nagy and Kerry Dunn will be chief mechanics for the Bright's No. 3 Lola and Bell's No. 1 car, respectively.
Off season blues were traded for blue, sunny skies Wednesday, March 15, at Buttonwillow Raceway Park, near Bakersfield, Calif., when Dorricott Racing and drivers Mears, Bright, and Bell began the first in a series of pre-season tests. "The car's ran well and the drivers got up to speed really fast," said assistant team manager Shane Seneviratne. "We sorted out a lot of things and laid the foundation for our upcoming tests."
Two days of testing are scheduled this week followed by another two-day testing session the week prior to the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights season opener at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach, April 16.
No. 1 TOWNSEND BELL - "Our first test day of 2000 was a welcome change from the past few months outside the race car. I didn't want to stop driving because I was enjoying myself so much. It only took a few laps to get into a rhythm again and then we began making changes to the car. The Dorricott team is a dedicated and enthusiastic group. I am thrilled to be involved. Casey, Jason and I get along quite well and we all have high hopes for this season."
No. 2 CASEY MEARS - "The test went really well. The track was slower this test so we didn't set any records although we learned a lot. I'm looking forward to the upcoming test. We are going to try some new things. We have all ready improved on the car from last year to suit my driving style."
No. 3 JASON BRIGHT - "Our first test for 2000 went really well with no problems. We concentrated on comfort and some smaller driver preference things before we started making any set-up changes. We have a week off before our next tests so we'll have time to think about things before we begin some serious testing."