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DORRICOTT RACING GAINING STEAM WITH MICHIGAN SPEEDWAY NEXT SONOMA, Calif. (July 21, 1998) - With five races remaining in the 1998 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, one certainty is that the championship is far from decided...

DORRICOTT RACING GAINING STEAM WITH MICHIGAN SPEEDWAY NEXT

SONOMA, Calif. (July 21, 1998) - With five races remaining in the 1998 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, one certainty is that the championship is far from decided and Dorricott Racing's Philipp Peter and Oriol Servia are still in the hunt. That makes the Detroit News 100, round 10 of the 14-race series at Michigan Speedway, Saturday, July 25, a pivotal juncture

Peter, of Monte Carlo, Monaco, is tied with Derek Higgins for sixth-place with 55 points. Now that series points leader Cristiano da Matta is within reach following his third consecutive race without scoring a point at Toronto, Peter has positioned himself to make a late season rally. Toronto proved to be a good venue for Peter, who started and finished fourth in the Lights ninth round last Sunday.

Servia, a European F3 veteran from Pals, Catalonia, Spain, displayed championship skills and traits at Toronto as evidenced by his provisional pole during first-day qualifying. Although his front row provisional failed to hold through the final session, Servia was impressive at the start of the Toronto when he started eighth and passed two cars on the opening lap to move into sixth place. Three laps later found him successfully passing another car for fifth place. Servia essentially ruled fifth place until late in the race when tire wear began to affect his car's performance. Although he slipped five positions in the closing laps to finish 10th, he was far from discouraged because the result was something mostly beyond his control. Servia improved to 14th in the championship with 31 points after Toronto.

Joining Dorricott Racing at Michigan for his third of four scheduled oval track races is rookie Brandon "Bud" Kaeding, of Campbell, Calif. The 18 year-old sprint car ace debuted at St. Louis and qualified fourth at Milwaukee in his second career Indy Lights start. His fourth and final Indy Lights race this season will be at the California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Kaeding, son of nine-time Golden State sprint car champion Brent Kaeding, has distinguished himself throughout the West in sprint car racing and has also scored three top-10 finishes in World of Outlaws competition

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 same-day coverage of the Michigan Speedway Indy Lights race, Saturday, July 25, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT).

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Oriol Servia , Derek Higgins , Philipp Peter