Monterrey: Dorricott Racing preview

Dorricott Racing begins to defend its Toyota Atlantic title this weekend in Monterrey, Mexico. BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (March 20, 2003) - Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, is not only a favorite to win the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship, he is also the...

Dorricott Racing begins to defend its Toyota Atlantic title this weekend in Monterrey, Mexico.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (March 20, 2003) - Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, is not only a favorite to win the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship, he is also the "home country" driver of choice when the Toyota Atlantic Championship opens its 12-race season this weekend at the Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix

The 32 lap/67.2 mile opening round of the 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship will be around the challenging 2.104-mile, 12-turn street circuit in Monterrey's Fundidora Park. It is scheduled to begin at 10:30 a.m. (CT), Sunday, March 23, and is the featured support race to the Bridgestone Presents The Champ Car World Series Powered by Ford Tecate/Telmex Monterrey Grand Prix later that day.

Diaz, who will drive the No. 33 Telmex Swift .014a, is the second highest finishing Atlantic driver in 2002 that is returning to the Atlantic Championship. Diaz finished fourth place with pole positions at Monterrey and Portland, victories at Portland and Road America, and 124 points.

Diaz's race at Monterrey last year was eventful with him holding positions ranging from the lead to dropping as low as eighth place. When the race was complete, Diaz prevailed through a pounding rain storm to finish in fifth place and collect a $1,000 bonus for winning the pole.

2002 had its complement of "up's and down's." However, among Diaz's his most memorable moments was when he made his Champ Car debut with Fernandez Racing at the 2002 CART season finale - the Gran Premio Telmex-Gigante - in Mexico City. Unfortunately, after submitting strong times in practice and qualifying, he failed to finish the race due to a mechanical breakdown on the opening lap.

Speed Channel will provide a LIVE telecast of the Monterrey Toyota Atlantic Championship race from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET (8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. PT), Sunday, March 23.

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 Luis Diaz