Mid-Ohio: Dorricott Racing preview

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 6, 2003) - The last time Dorricott Racing visited Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was in 2001 with the Dayton Indy Lights Championship. Simply stated, Dorricott Racing won. This weekend, Dorricott Racing and driver Luis ...

LEXINGTON, Ohio (Aug. 6, 2003) - The last time Dorricott Racing visited Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course was in 2001 with the Dayton Indy Lights Championship. Simply stated, Dorricott Racing won. This weekend, Dorricott Racing and driver Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, are looking to re-create the same magic in round nine of the 12-race Toyota Atlantic Championship at the driver-favorite Mid-Ohio Sports Car course.

The 30-lap (67.740 mile) Atlantic sprint around Mid-Ohio's 2.258-mile, 13-turn road course is scheduled to begin at 11:30 a.m. ET, Sunday, August 10. This will be the 18th overall Toyota Atlantic Championship appearance at Mid-Ohio since 1976, and it is the featured support event for the Champ Car Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio later that day.

Diaz, who is currently ninth place in the Atlantic championship with 59 points, collected 10 points at Trois-Rivieres in round eight last Sunday and is well positioned to move up. Diaz only trails sixth-place Joey Hand by nine points, 68-59, and is only 24 points behind fifth-place Aaron Justus who has 83 points.

Dorricott Racing's history at Mid-Ohio is four-fold and dates back to 1991 and 1994 with driver Bob Dorricott Jr. Current Formula 3000 driver Townsend Bell, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., made it look easy in 2000 and 2001 in winning consecutive Dayton Indy Lights races. In fact, Bell completed the 34-lap race in 2001 with a track record time of 50:19.940 minutes (90.365 mph) despite three yellow flags that totaled nine laps. Bell, who started from the pole, not only led every lap but was also the fastest driver each lap. Ironically, Bell broke his own track record of 88.072 mph set last year when he won his first career Indy Lights race at Mid-Ohio in 2000.

This year's schedule is full for Atlantic drivers. It begins with a Promoter Test Day on Thursday, August 7. The two sessions will be held from 9:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. and again from 2:00 - 6:00 p.m.

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 (the leading candidate for 2003 NASCAR Winston Cup Rookie-of-the-Year honors/), 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.

Speed Channel will provide a one-hour tape delayed telecast of the Toyota Atlantic Championship race from Mid-Ohio at 12:30 p.m. ET (9:30 a.m. PT), Sunday, Aug. 10. Encore telecasts are scheduled with rebroadcasts at 3:00 p.m. ET on Monday, August 11, and again at 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, August 15. Live Timing & Scoring information is also available for every session on the official web site of the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, www.toyotaatlantic.com.

Dorricott Racing is a year-round professional motorsports organization with its race shop located in Bakersfield, Calif. Detailed race results, team, and sponsor information are available on Dorricott Racing's official web site, www.dorricottracing.com.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Casey Mears , Robbie Buhl , Jeff Ward , Oriol Servia , Jon Fogarty , Townsend Bell , Luis Diaz , Damien Faulkner , Jason Bright , Philipp Peter , Luiz Garcia