End of The Track DSTP Motorsports shuts down operations Chesterland, Ohio (November 14, 2003) -- After struggling to find the necessary funding to continue their participation in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, Dede Rogers, Owner of DSTP...
End of The Track
DSTP Motorsports shuts down operations
Chesterland, Ohio (November 14, 2003) -- After struggling to find the necessary funding to continue their participation in the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, Dede Rogers, Owner of DSTP Motorsports, announced today that the Chesterland, Ohio, based team will immediately shut down operations and sell their existing equipment.
"It has been one heck of a blast," said Rogers on her four years in the series. "I made it clear to the guys on the team throughout the year that this would be our last season unless we could find some help on the financial side. Unfortunately, that just didn't happen. I hate it came to this because I love this team and the series; but it was just was not feasible to go at it like this any longer."
Rogers was one of the few Atlantic owners that gave aspiring young, American open-wheel drivers a chance in an Atlantic car without having to worry about bringing money to the team. Her passion and vigor for her team, along with the thousands of friendships forged over her tenure in the series will be the legacy she leaves behind as the familiar yellow and purple colors exit the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship.
Dede Rogers will leave the series with many accomplishments under her belt including the 2000 Championship she won with Buddy Rice. In addition, DSTP captured the 2001 Rookie of the Year award along with a third place showing in the Championship with driver, Joey Hand. To cap off the four-year stint in the series, Rogers earned the 2003 Team Owner of the Year Award this past September in Miami. Between 2000 and 2003, DSTP competed in 47 CART Toyota Atlantic Championship events capturing seven wins, 18 podiums, and four poles.
People interested in equipment at DSTP Motorsports can contact Team Manager, Natalie Hand, at the team's Chesterland headquarters at (404) 729-2700 during normal business hours. Photos of the equipment will soon be place on the team's website at www.dstpmotorsports.com.
Through DSTP Motorsports, Dede Rogers has established herself as a true believer in promoting talented young American drivers into professional racing. Formed in 1994, DSTP first campaigned a team in the Dodge Shelby Pro Series before moving into the U.S. F2000 National Championship in 1995. Such notable drivers as Memo Gidley, Alex Barron, Sam Hornish, Jr. and Jerry Nadeau competed in cars fielded by DSTP before Buddy Rice swept to the Atlantic title during DSTP Motorsports first season in the series in 2000.