BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (May 13, 2003) - Phyllis Dorricott confirmed today that Kyle Krisiloff, of Carmel, Ind., has signed to drive with Dorricott Racing for the remainder of the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship. He joins Luis Diaz, of Mexico City,...
BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (May 13, 2003) - Phyllis Dorricott confirmed today that Kyle Krisiloff, of Carmel, Ind., has signed to drive with Dorricott Racing for the remainder of the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship. He joins Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, who is in his second season with Dorricott Racing.
"It's a great opportunity to run with Dorricott Racing," said Krisiloff. "I feel we have already developed a strong relationship after recently completing our first test session at Portland. I am working with a talented crew and have the type of support within the team that makes me believe we have good things coming our way. I'm gelling with the crew and feel extremely comfortable joining this organization."
The 17-year-old Krisiloff joins Dorricott Racing for his first full-time season in the Toyota Atlantic Championship. He made his Atlantic debut at Toronto last season and competed in the final six Atlantic races for United States Grand Prix F1/Patrick Racing earning a season best finish of 13th place in the finale at Denver.
"Kyle's enthusiasm and knowledge of racing is no surprise," said Dorricott Racing team manager Shane Seneviratne. "His attitude and approach shown at the first test conducted with the team at Portland is reflective of many former Dorricott drivers that have been successful in winning races and championships for Dorricott Racing. We look forward to working with Kyle and providing him with the right tools to help him advance his career, and using Kyle's talent to help the team continue with another successful season."
Krisiloff competed apart from Dorricott Racing in the first two Atlantic races this season at Monterey, Mexico, and Long Beach. He scored an Atlantic career-best finish of ninth place in round two at Long Beach in April after starting 12th.
The season opener at Monterey was less favorable when a parade lap incident ended his race before it began. Krisiloff qualified 12th but as he rounded a blind corner he encountered Romain Dumas centered and stopped on the track. Krisiloff made an evasive move to the inside to avoid contact but his right rear clipped Dumas's left rear. The resulting suspension damage sidelined his car and led to an official ruling that he "did not start (DNS)" the race.
Krisiloff's level of experience belies his age. In 2001, Krisiloff won the Formula Ford National Championship in the Valvoline SCCA Run-Offs. Additionally, he raced in 22 SCCA Formula Ford events and scored six wins, six pole positions, and 11 podium finishes. He finished second place in the SCCA CenDiv points.
Krisiloff was a factory driver for KLS Racing and ShiftKart during the 1999 and 2000 seasons. His SKUSA competition in 2000 included two wins, two pole positions, and three podium visits.
Between 1995 and 1999, Krisiloff compiled over 320 feature wins in Quarter Midget competitions including nine Grand National Championships and 20 track records.
Krisiloff is the son of former Champ Car driver and current Patrick Racing Director of Operations Steve Krisiloff. His mother, Josie, is the sister of Indianapolis Motor Speedway President Tony George.
The 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship is the 14th year that Dorricott Racing has fielded an open-wheel racing team. It has evolved into one of motorsports most successful organizations and proudly holds series' championships in three of the past four years. 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.
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.
Race results, team, and sponsor information are available on Dorricott Racing's official web site, www.dorricottracing.com. Round three of the 12-race 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship is at The Milwaukee Mile on May 31, in West Allis, Wis.