DORRICOTT RACING GEARS UP FOR INDY LIGHTS OPENER AT HOMESTEAD SUNNYVALE, Calif. (March 16, 1999) - This weekend's 14th season opener of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship in the inaugural Daytona Tire Challenge at Homestead ...
DORRICOTT RACING GEARS UP FOR INDY LIGHTS OPENER AT HOMESTEAD
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (March 16, 1999) - This weekend's 14th season opener of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship in the inaugural Daytona Tire Challenge at Homestead Motorsports Complex, Sunday, March 21, will also unveil a fresh look to Dorricott Racing in the form of a three-car campaign for the 12-race 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship.
The 67-lap/100.634-mile Indy Lights sprint around the 1.502-mile oval is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m.(ET) and is the featured support race to the CART FedEx Championship Series Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami Presented by Toyota later that day.
New to Dorricott Racing this year is third-year Indy Lights driver Casey Mears, of Bakersfield, Calif. Mears drove for Team Mears the past two Indy Lights seasons, but an off-season "joining of forces" between Team Mears and Dorricott Racing brought the talented 21-year-old into the Dorricott fold.
In 10 Indy Lights starts in 1998, Mears recorded five top-10 finishes including an Indy Lights career best third place finish at Nazareth Speedway in round three of the 14-race schedule. His eighth place finish at California Speedway after starting 18th in the Lights season finale was enough to move him to 17th in the final point standings despite being unable to compete in four Lights events.
In last year's Homestead opener, Mears completed all 67 race laps after starting 13th and finishing 10th. His best career finish at Homestead is ninth place in what was also his first career oval track race in a Lights car in 1997.
Oriol Servia, of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, rejoins Dorricott Racing for his sophomore season of Indy Lights competition and returns to Homestead as a bonafide race favorite. The veteran European F3 driver opened eyes at Homestead last year when he finished fourth place in his first career oval track race.
Servia categorically proved his front-running capabilities when he started on the outside pole at Nazareth last year in round three. He was running in second place for the first 26 laps before race officials misapplied a penalty which placed him one lap down soon after. Despite the error, Servia navigated back through the field to finish 13th. His subsequent second place showing in round 13 at Laguna Seca moved him to seventh place in the driver standings where he finished 1998 with 73 points.
Philipp Peter, of Monte Carlo, Monaco, made his Indy Lights and oval track debut last year at Homestead and finished 11th after qualifying 15th. Peter displayed rapid improvement in his oval track learning curve as evidenced with a second place finish in round four at Gate International Raceway near St. Louis. Peter, who started on the outside pole at Gateway, nearly overcame race winner Shigeaki Hattori on the final lap but fell 0.626-seconds short at the finish line. Peter finished 11th place in the final Indy Lights driver standings with 62 points.
This year's program will be under the watchful eye of newly appointed team manager Roger Mears, of Bakersfield, Calif. Mears, who was former co-owner and manager for Team Mears, will be responsible for the overall organization and operations of the team.
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.
ESPN2 will provide a delayed same-day (West coast) telecast of the Daytona Tire Challenge, Monday, March 22, from 12:30 a.m. to 1:30 a.m. ET (Sunday, March 21, 9:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. PT).