Nilton Rossoni and Jon Fogarty, fresh off of their respective 1-2 in the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series recently completed a test with Dorricott Racing as each vie for a seat in the 2001 CART Dayton Indy Lights Series. Dorricott is one of the...
Nilton Rossoni and Jon Fogarty, fresh off of their respective 1-2 in the 2000 Barber Dodge Pro Series recently completed a test with Dorricott Racing as each vie for a seat in the 2001 CART Dayton Indy Lights Series. Dorricott is one of the premier teams in the Indy Lights series having taken 1999 Barber Dodge standout Townsend Bell to second place in the series and the rookie of the year award this year. Last year, the team finished 1-2-3 in the final tally.
Each driver received an equal amount of task specific and track time over the two days. The test was structured to allow Dorricott Racing to assess driver ability in all aspects and not just lap time.
"We were extremely impressed and pleased with the results of each candidate," said team owner Bob Dorricott. "Each brought their own style and talent to the track and it was obvious from the start that they each possess exceptional abilities as race car drivers."
Rossoni is looking to take his $300,000 Career Enhancement Award for winning the Barber Dodge Championship to a top-flight team and Dorricott would be an obvious choice for the 19-year old Brazilian.
"This was a very good experience," said Rossoni. "I enjoyed working with the entire team and engineer Alex Purdy. This is a very professionally run team and doesn't leave anything to chance. The car was well set up and my time on the track was productive. The gearbox difference between Indy Lights and Barber Dodge was a bit of a headache but I worked it out."
Fogarty as well would cherish an opportunity to run with Dorricott in 2001. The Californian would certainly enjoy the benefits of running with a California based team. Following his three wins in 2000 and running Rossoni all the way to the final race for the Pro Series crown, a ride with Dorricott would provide the wherewithal to continue the winning momentum as he progresses up the racing ladder.
"Testing with Dorricott was a great opportunity. I'm looking to move up and I'd really like someone to give me a chance in Indy Lights. Running with Dorricott Racing would be like a dream come true for a guy trying to work his way up through the rank and file. I perceived Dorricott Racing to be the best overall Indy Lights team before the test. My perceptions were confirmed," said Fogarty.
The test was conducted at Buttonwillow Raceway in Bakersfield, Calif.
- George Tamayo