SUNNYVALE, Calif. (March 8, 1999) - - Dorricott Racing team owner Bob Dorricott named Roger Mears, of Bakersfield, Calif., team manager for Dorricott Racing today, and announced other appointments within the organization that essentially...
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (March 8, 1999) - - Dorricott Racing team owner Bob Dorricott named Roger Mears, of Bakersfield, Calif., team manager for Dorricott Racing today, and announced other appointments within the organization that essentially solidify the team for the approaching 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship.
The move unites Dorricott and Mears in a yet closer working relationship since both announced the union between Dorricott Racing and Team Mears in early February. 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 will field a three-car effort in 1999 with returning team drivers Oriol Servia and Philipp Peter, and the addition of Casey Mears.
"Having Roger Mears join Dorricott Racing as team manager places the final touch on what is developing into an extremely talented ensemble of racing professionals," Dorricott said. "Roger possesses all the key intangibles and professional experience to successfully run every aspect of a team's operation, both on and off the race track."
Mears is a proven motorsports champion, ranging from Indy cars to NASCAR Super Trucks and punctuated by his legendary off-road racing career. In addition to being a twenty-time Off-Road World Champion, Mears has captured the coveted Baja 1000 four times (1980, 86, 89, 91) and is a two-time SCORE/HDRA Desert Champion (1989, 91). He also captured the Mickey Thompson Stadium Championship in 1985.
Mears has further distinguished himself as a three-time winner in the renown Pikes Peak Hill climb (1972, 73, 85), and with 30 career Indy car starts with the Machinist Union team in the 80's, Mears resume cites being named CART's Most Improved Driver in 1982.
Success in Indy Lights competition isn't foreign to Roger Mears. Team Mears, which competed in the 1997-98 Indy Lights Championships, scored its first win at Milwaukee in 1997 with Roger's nephew, Clint, behind the wheel. Team Mears recorded another victory with Clint in the '97 season finale at the California Speedway. Budget problems hampered efforts in 1998 and forced Team Mears to miss four of the 14 scheduled races, but shining moments included a season-best third place finish by Casey Mears at Nazareth.
"I am sincerely thrilled to become a part of this great racing organization," said Mears. "The coming together of our two teams and the sharing of each other's knowledge and experience is already paying dividends.
"I love racing and being a part of racing, so it's thrilling that Bob [Dorricott] and the team have offered to bring me on board. I have been a team manager, owner, driver, and worn plenty of hats over the past 20 years. I think I have something to offer, and I look forward to focusing on one role and performing whatever it takes to bring the team together.
"If there is one big thing I bring to the table, it is a hat full of little things ranging from experience in details and know-how to smoothly running an organization of professionals and maintaining a high team profile. Above all, ensuring communication within the team including upper management will be a priority."
Dorricott Racing also announced other key assignments for 1999. Data acquisition specialist Shane Seneviratne, who has been with Dorricott Racing since 1994, has been appointed assistant team manager. Seneviratne will assist Mears in day-to-day trackside operations in addition to heading up data acquisition.
Veteran engineer Alain Clarinval returns for his third season with Dorricott but as chief engineer overseeing the entire three-car program.
John Martin Jr. has been elevated to team crew chief overseeing the general maintenance of each car. Martin Jr., who has been with Dorricott Racing since 1997, will also handle primary crew chief duties for the No. 31 car, driven by Philipp Peter.
Dorricott Racing opens its 1999 Indy Lights campaign at the Homestead Motorsports Complex (Fla.), on Sunday, March 21, in the Daytona Tire Challenge.