DORRICOTT RACING SHINES AS PHILIPP PETER TAKES SECOND PLACE AT ST. LOUIS SONOMA, Calif. (May 24, 1998) - In a race that will be remembered for fine execution and a successful, committed team effort, Dorricott Racing's Philipp Peter, of...
DORRICOTT RACING SHINES AS PHILIPP PETER TAKES SECOND PLACE AT ST. LOUIS
SONOMA, Calif. (May 24, 1998) - In a race that will be remembered for fine execution and a successful, committed team effort, Dorricott Racing's Philipp Peter, of Monaco, artfully maneuvered around the 1.27-mile oval of Gateway International Raceway near St. Louis enroute to a second place finish in Saturday's fourth round of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship. Peter, who started on the outside pole, avoided mid and late race accidents involving three other Indy Lights competitors to set the stage for what turned out to be a one-lap sprint to the checkered flag against Shigeaki Hattori on the 79th and final lap of the race. Hattori held his ground and crossed the finish line 0.626-seconds ahead of Peter. It was Peter's best career Indy Lights finish and first podium appearance in only his fourth career Indy Lights start. His previous best was fourth place in round two at Long Beach, Calif. Overall, it was a satisfying day for the Dorricott Racing contingent as teammates Oriol Servia, of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, and Bud Kaeding, of Campbell, Calif., finished 14th and 16th, respectively. "I dreamed about racing for the podium all night so it is a great feeling to see it come true," said Peter. "I had a strong start and I think I ran the first three laps as well as could be run. Then Shigeaki (Hattori) started to catch up. Shigeaki told me later that when he got close to me, my car looked really loose. I felt that way too so I didn't feel comfortable trying to stop him from passing me. After he passed, it took me a couple of laps to regain my confidence and feel for the car." Peter snatched the lead at the start of the race from polesitter Jorge Goeters, of Mexico, in turn one with Hattori close behind. Rain sprinkles brought out a yellow flag on lap five, but racing resumed on lap 12 with Peter jumping to a seven car lead over Hattori. Peter's lead grew from 0.697-seconds on lap 14 to as much as 2.9-seconds by lap 20. However, backmarkers helped Hattori close to within 0.51-seconds on lap 32. Hattori passed Peter through the traffic in turn three four laps later. Peter's hopes for a checkered flag revitalized on lap 54 when contact involving Brian Cunningham and Rodolfo Lavin in turn two brought out a second caution. The lap 67 restart abruptly ceased when Tony Renna spun and hit turn two. At this point, Kaeding had improved to 14th after starting 19th, and Servia held his ground at 16th. The race resumed on lap 75 with Hattori getting a big jump on Peter. Several cars battled side-by-side with Peter in which Goeters moved past Peter for second place on lap 77. Peter repaid the move on lap 78 when he regained second place on a daring pass of Goeters in turn four. "A lot of cars were fighting for position when I dropped a spot," said Peter. "I was fortunate to regain it on the last lap. The challenge for me on ovals doesn't seem to be speed as much as learning how to get through traffic quicker." Peter moved into third place in the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, and first place among rookie Lights drivers with 30 points. Servia is 13th in the championship with 12 points. Dorricott Racing is a year-round professional motorsports organization based at Sears Point International Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Race results, team and sponsor information may be viewed on Dorricott Racing's website, http://www.dorricottracing.com. Round five of the 14-race PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship is next weekend, Sunday, May 31, at the Milwaukee Mile in West Allis, Wis.
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