NOTES TO QUOTE FROM DORRICOTT RACING Round Seven (June 19-21) - Portland International Raceway * What BOB DORRICOTT is thinking about Portland: "Testing went extremely well our last time at Portland. Parker (Johnstone) spent a couple of days...
NOTES TO QUOTE FROM DORRICOTT RACING Round Seven (June 19-21) - Portland International Raceway * What BOB DORRICOTT is thinking about Portland:
"Testing went extremely well our last time at Portland. Parker (Johnstone) spent a couple of days with Philipp and Oriol and it proved to be very productive. We had one wet day but both drivers performed well on the wet track. That's important at Portland because we know we will have at least one wet session if past history is any indication. Philipp and Oriol have a lot of wet weather racing experience in Europe, and that helped for Portland because they quickly adapted. In fact, a track worker, who had been watching them throughout the test, asked Parker how many times they had tested at Portland. He was surprised to hear it was their very first time."
(regarding qualifying strategy) "We can't wait until the last five or 10 minutes of the session because that time may never appear. We are going to have to get out early, use fresh tires, and look for our best times as soon as possible. The 'time certain' element in this year's scheduling can kill you. You only have a certain amount of time anyway and the full session will only happen barring any accidents."
(regarding mid-season) "The second half of the season should be more comfortable for Philipp and Oriol because of the amount of road and street courses. They have become comfortable on the ovals, but it's easier to adapt to a road or street circuit than an oval when your background is in road racing. The growing amount of time they are getting in the cars is also beginning to help them acclimate to racing Lights cars."
* Philipp Peter's 37 championship points has him tied for sixth in the driver standings with Felipe Giaffone, but enough to lead in the Rookie-of-the-Year chase by one point over Derek Higgins. Cristiano da Matta leads the series with 92 points. * Peter will participate in this year's annual March of Dimes Charity Golf Tournament, one of the finest race weekend related golf outings on the CART FedEx schedule. Peter admits to being an interested but novice golfer who took up game about two years ago. * Portland will be a welcome respite from the high voltage Indy Lights travel schedule for driving coach Parker Johnstone. Parker's home, where he lives with his wife and two children, is just a few turns out of the Raceway and across the Columbia River to a nearby suburb in Washington.