DSTP Motorsports launches 2000 Toyota Atlantic Championship team CHARDON, OHIO (October 8, 1999) - Dede Rogers, owner of DSTP Motorsports, today announced the team will campaign the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, beginning with the 2000 ...
DSTP Motorsports launches 2000 Toyota Atlantic Championship team
CHARDON, OHIO (October 8, 1999) - Dede Rogers, owner of DSTP Motorsports, today announced the team will campaign the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship, beginning with the 2000 season. The team, a joint effort between Rogers, prominent Ohio-area real estate developer Paul Kiebler, and former Lynx Racing engineer Jim Griffith, will operate under the DSTP Motorsports banner and has yet to name a driver for the anticipated one-car program.
"We felt the time was right to take the next step and develop a leading team in the Toyota Atlantic series," said Rogers, who currently fields a team in the SCCA U.S. F2000 National Championship. "Our long-term commitment includes competing in the CART FedEx Championship and this program takes us one step closer to realizing that goal. I've been indirectly associated with the Atlantic series for a number of years and consider it to be one of the finest organizations in racing. Together with Jim and Paul, we're delighted to formally be a part of the CART family."
Griffith, who most recently earned the 1999 Engineer-of-the-Year award for the KOOL/Toyota Atlantic series, served as Lynx Racing's engineer for five seasons. His record at Lynx includes two championship titles (1996 and 1997), two Engineer-of-the-Year awards (1997 and 1999), and one Mechanic-of-the-Year award (1996). In addition, Griffith has been a fixture at DSTP, serving as the F2000 team's engineer since 1995.
"I'm fortunate to have been a part of something very special at Lynx Racing," said Griffith. "I've enjoyed a terrific relationship with Steve Cameron, Peggy Haas, Jackie Doty and everyone at Lynx Racing for the past five years and will always be proud of our accomplishments together. Now, I look forward to a new opportunity, and to continued success with DSTP as we build a solid foundation for the future." In addition, DSTP brings Bruce Potter from the team's F2000 program, who also served as Lynx Racing's data specialist, as well as Pam Griffith, who will serve as DSTP's Atlantic operations manager. Further information regarding DSTP's Atlantic and F2000 programs will be announced in the coming weeks.
Under the direction of Rogers, DSTP's unique role in racing is to identify promising young drivers, support them with the finest equipment and technical guidance, then refine their driving talent and corporate skills to succeed at the highest levels of professional racing.
DSTP F2000 graduates include CART FedEx Championship drivers Alex Barron (DSTP 1996), who recently raced for Marlboro Team Penske and Dan Gurney's All American Racers, and Memo Gidley (Walker Racing and Payton-Coyne Racing), who ran for DSTP in 1995, capturing three wins and three poles en route to second in the F2000 series championship as well as the Rookie-of-the-Year, Oval Crown Champion and Oval Rookie-of-the-Year titles. 1998 and 1999 Lynx Racing Atlantic front-runner Buddy Rice also competed with DSTP in 1997, earning one win, two poles and five podiums. DSTP's current F2000 driver, Bobby Oergel, is fourth overall in the 1999 U.S. F2000 National Championship series with two races remaining.