Milwaukee: Dorricott Racing preview

The Milwaukee Mile is next for Dorricott Racing WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 28, 2003) - After a seven week respite from competitive racing, Dorricott Racing is looking forward to getting back into the championship hunt when round three of the 12-race...

The Milwaukee Mile is next for Dorricott Racing

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (May 28, 2003) - After a seven week respite from competitive racing, Dorricott Racing is looking forward to getting back into the championship hunt when round three of the 12-race Toyota Atlantic Championship at the famed Milwaukee Mile unfolds this weekend.

However, there will be a new look for the defending Toyota Atlantic champions because the team expanded during the recess with the addition of driver Kyle Krisiloff, of Carmel, Ind. Krisiloff will join second-year Dorricott driver Luis Diaz, of Mexico City.

The 70 lap/72.24 mile Toyota Atlantic sprint around the 1.032-mile oval is scheduled to begin at 5:00 p.m. (CT), Saturday, May 31. It is the featured support race to the CART Milwaukee Mile Centennial 250, Presented by Miller Lite, later that evening.

Diaz returns to Milwaukee seeking to vindicate last year's misfortune when he struggled with various set-up and tire problems. He started and finished ninth place in the Temex Swift 014.a.

The 2003 Atlantic season opened at Monterrey, Mexico, with unavoidable poor luck for Diaz. Diaz started from the pole (his third career $1000 Toyota "Pole Award") but as he crossed the Start-Finish line at the race start he was unintentionally struck from behind by rookie A.J. Allmendinger. Allmendinger was attempting to quickly improve his post-green flag position by sweeping right-to-left from his third place grid position behind Diaz. Unfortunately, Allmendinger's nose cone struck Diaz's right rear tire in the process. The contact punctured the tire and forced Diaz to return to pit lane.

Diaz dropped from first place to 15th during the pit stop before proving just how fast the Dorricott Racing-prepared Telmex Swift was. Diaz passed four cars in the next 27 laps and claimed the fastest lap on Lap 27 before running even faster on Lap 30. Diaz was the only driver in the field who had descending lap times as the race progressed. If one excludes time lost during the pit stop, Diaz clearly ran the fastest overall race thereby suggesting a clean race start might have resulted in a victory.

Diaz was victimized again in round two at Long Beach. After starting fourth, Diaz's podium ambitions were severed on lap seven of the 32-lap race when Marc DeVellis rear-ended his Sierra Sierra Racing teammate, Ryan Dalziel. Both were forced to retire from the race but that didn't help Diaz, who struck DeVellis from behind in a nose-to-gearbox collision while exiting a blind corner. Diaz dropped to 12th before mounting another aggressive comeback in the closing stages of the race to finish sixth place.

Krisiloff is making his debut with Dorricott Racing at The Milwaukee Mile in the US Grand Prix F1 Swift 014.a. He competed apart from Dorricott Racing in the first two Atlantic races this season at Monterey and Long Beach.

His Monterrey race disengaged on the parade lap. 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 but his right rear clipped Dumas's left rear. The resulting suspension damage sidelined his car and prevented him from starting the race.

Krisiloff rebounded at Long Beach in April when he earned a career-best Atlantic finish of ninth place after starting 12th.

The 17-year-old Indiana resident made his Atlantic debut at Toronto last season and competed in the final six Atlantic races earning a season best finish of 13th place in the finale at Denver.

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. Detailed race results, team, and sponsor information are available on Dorricott Racing's official web site, www.dorricottracing.com.

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.

Speed Channel will provide a one-day delayed telecast of the Toyota Atlantic Championship at The Milwaukee Mile beginning at 6:00 p.m. ET (3:00 p.m. PT), Sunday, June 1. An encore telecast is scheduled for Monday, June 2, at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT).

-dr-

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Ryan Dalziel , Casey Mears , Robbie Buhl , Shigeaki Hattori , Jeff Ward , Oriol Servia , Jon Fogarty , Townsend Bell , Kyle Krisiloff , Luis Diaz , Damien Faulkner , Jason Bright , Romain Dumas , Philipp Peter , Luiz Garcia