Cleveland: Dorricott Racing preview

Dorricott Racing is spending July 4th in Cleveland for Round Six of the Toyota Atlantic Championship CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 2, 2003) - The second half of the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship is shaping into a multi-car, multi-team ...

Dorricott Racing is spending July 4th in Cleveland for Round Six of the Toyota Atlantic Championship

CLEVELAND, Ohio (July 2, 2003) - The second half of the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship is shaping into a multi-car, multi-team championship with Dorricott Racing still within reach of a second consecutive Atlantic Championship. Next stop is the Argent Mortgage Toyota Atlantic 100k this Sunday, July 5, and it promises to be a wide-open, hard-charging type of race.

The 32-lap (67.392 mile) Atlantic sprint around the 2.106-mile, 10-turn temporary airport runway road circuit at Burke Lakefront Airport is round six of the 12-race series. It is scheduled to drop the green flag at 5:30 p.m. ET.

Saturday's race will be the sixth time since 1998 that Atlantic has competed at Burke Lakefront Airport, and is the featured support event for the CART U.S. Bank Presents the Cleveland Grand Prix that will run on Sunday. Atlantic did not race in Cleveland in 1999.

Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, brings a podium familiarity with him to Cleveland. His third place finish last year in his inaugural Cleveland visit tags him as the highest-finishing driver from last year's race. Diaz, who qualified fourth, battled with Michael Valiante for third place throughout the race with Diaz taking the position for good on Lap 20. Diaz was joined on the podium by 2002 teammate and Atlantic Champion Jon Fogarty.

Teammate Kyle Krisiloff, of Indianapolis, Ind., is also making his second Atlantic appearance at Cleveland. In his second career Atlantic race start last year at Cleveland, he finish 15th.

Dorricott Racing has a history of success over the bumpy airport circuit. It also raced in Cleveland in 1999 with the Dayton Indy Lights Championship and drivers Oriol Servia (Patrick Racing), Philipp Peter, and Casey Mears. Servia demonstrated why he would eventually become the 1999 Dayton Indy Lights Champion when he smoothly qualified on the outside pole and then finished second place. Peter showed his incredible road racing prowess by finishing fourth place after qualifying an uncharacteristic ninth. Mears started seventh and finished eighth place. In 1998, Servia qualified second and finished sixth place.

A.J. Allmendinger leads the Atlantic Championship with 79 points. Ryan Dalziel is close behind with 73 points. Diaz is back but not out of the title hunt in ninth place with 37 points. Krisiloff is 10th with 36 points.

Speed Channel will provide a one-day delayed telecast of the Toyota Atlantic Championship race from Cleveland on Sunday, July 6 at 1:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT). An encore telecast is scheduled for Monday, July 7, at 1:00 p.m. ET (11:00 a.m. PT).

Dorricott Racing alumni have succeeded worldwide in open-wheel racing and other highly regarded motorsports series. Former drivers include current CART Champ Car star Oriol Servia (Patrick Racing), Casey Mears (NASCAR Winston Cup), Townsend Bell (F3000), Jason Bright (Australian V8 Supercar), Robbie Buhl (IRL), 2002 Toyota Atlantic Champion Jon Fogarty, Luiz Garcia Jr., Shigeaki Hattori, Sports Car standout Philipp Peter, Damien Faulkner, Alex Gurney, Bob Dorricott Jr., and IRL driver and former Motocross champion Jeff Ward.

The 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship is the 14th year that Dorricott Racing has fielded an open-wheel racing team. Besides claiming runner-up honors in the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship, Dorricott Racing won the 1999 and 2001 Dayton Indy Lights Championship and the 2002 Toyota Atlantic Championship.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Ryan Dalziel , Casey Mears , Robbie Buhl , Shigeaki Hattori , Jeff Ward , Oriol Servia , Jon Fogarty , Michael Valiante , Townsend Bell , Kyle Krisiloff , Luis Diaz , Damien Faulkner , A.J. Allmendinger , Jason Bright , Philipp Peter , Luiz Garcia Jr.