Portland: Dorricott Racing preview

Dorricott Racing seeking an unprecedented "five-peat" at Portland. PORTLAND, Ore. (June 19, 2003) - Dorricott Racing returns to Portland International Raceway on a mission never achieved in a CART sanctioned series - a fifth consecutive win at a...

Dorricott Racing seeking an unprecedented "five-peat" at Portland.

PORTLAND, Ore. (June 19, 2003) - Dorricott Racing returns to Portland International Raceway on a mission never achieved in a CART sanctioned series - a fifth consecutive win at a CART track.

Round five of the 12-race Toyota Atlantic Championship will be hosted at Portland International Raceway, Saturday, June 21. The 35 lap/68.915 mile Atlantic sprint around Portland's 10-turn, 1.969-mile road course will be the second time Atlantic has ever raced at Portland (the first time being last year). The green flag is scheduled to drop at 4:00 p.m. (PT), and is the featured support race in the CART Championship G.I. Joe's 200 on Sunday.

Dorricott Racing's fondness for Portland rekindled a couple of months ago when its driver duo of Luis Diaz and Kyle Krisiloff ran the fastest and third fastest unofficial lap times, respectively, during a multi-team test session for Atlantic. Diaz completely dominated the circuit last year in winning the pole position and the race. His goal this weekend is to make his Portland encore as successful.

Dorricott Racing has held a monopoly on the Portland podium since 1999 including four consecutive wins and pole positions. It began in 1999 when current Champ Car star driver Oriol Servia (Patrick Racing), of Catalonia, won the pole in the Dayton Indy Lights Championship. His Dorricott Racing teammate, Philipp Peter, of Austria, won the race.

The 2000 Indy Lights race mirrored 1999. Dorricott Racing prevailed with current former Champ Car and current F3000 star Townsend Bell, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., winning his first career Indy Lights pole. His teammate Jason Bright, of Australia, won the race after starting on the outside pole.

Bell followed his pole position in 2000 with another pole in 2001 in setting an Indy Lights track record of 1:04.991 = 109.067 mph.

Meanwhile, Damien Faulkner, of Ireland, who started third on the grid, led 22 of 38 laps to cross the finish line an astounding 16.134-seconds ahead of Rudy Junco, of Mexico. The 25 year-old Irishman toured PIR at an average race speed of 76.116 mph. It was Faulkner's second career Indy Lights victory in only his fifth Indy Lights start.

Diaz parlayed a pole position in 2002 into a flag-to-flag victory in Atlantic's inaugural visit to Portland. Diaz cruised PIR in 40:04.588 minutes and an average speed of 103.175 mph. His victory was as dominating as his 4.690-second margin of victory over rival Jonathon Macri.

Oddly enough, Dorricott Racing scored a "four-peat" at Portland once before. It also orchestrated four consecutive victories with Bob Dorricott Jr. in Sports 2000 in 1989, 1990, and 1991 (two races).

Dorricott Racing is still looking for that "kick" that prefaces a mid-season title run. Portland may be the antidote. A.J. Allmendinger leads the series with 67 points but his lead is far from insurmountable. A variety of factors in concert with solid finishes for Diaz and Krisiloff would push the defending Atlantic champions back to the forefront. Krisiloff comes to Portland in seventh place with 32 points. Diaz is eighth with 30 points.

The addition of 17-year-old Kyle Krisiloff, of Carmel, Ind., to Dorricott Racing has delivered immediate dividends. His first time in a Dorricott-prepared car was the Portland test session. His lap times spoke clearly of his high level of ability. He then debuted with Dorricott Racing at Milwaukee in the US Grand Prix F1 Swift 014.a and finished an uncontested second place at The Milwaukee Mile. Krisiloff started fourth but improved to second place within four laps of the 70-lap race start. It was Krisiloff's career-best Atlantic finish and significantly higher than his previous Atlantic best of ninth at Long Beach in April when he drove for Cameron Motorsports. Krisiloff finished seventh place last weekend at Laguna Seca.

The 2003 season hasn't been kind to Diaz yet. He opened at Monterrey, Mexico, with a pole position (his third career $1000 Toyota "Pole Award") but as he crossed the Start-Finish line at the race start he was 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. Allmendinger's nose cone struck and punctured Diaz's right rear tire in the process.

Diaz dropped from first place to 15th during a pit stop. However, he then passed four cars in the next 27 laps and claimed the race's fastest lap on Lap 27. He then bettered that time on Lap 30. Diaz was the only driver in the field who had descending lap times as the race progressed

Diaz was waylaid again in round two at Long Beach. After starting fourth, Diaz struck another car that was involved in an incident in a blind corner. Diaz dropped to 12th before mounting another aggressive to finish sixth place.

Milwaukee was equally unkind and unfair when Diaz was sidelined midway in the race with a "blown motor." To make things worse, Diaz's was running the third fastest lap times of any car on the track. Laguna Seca offered somewhat of a respite as Diaz finished sixth place.

The 2003 Toyota Atlantic Championship is the 14th year that Dorricott Racing has fielded an open-wheel racing team. 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, http://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.

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Series Atlantic
Drivers Alex Gurney , Casey Mears , Robbie Buhl , Shigeaki Hattori , Jeff Ward , Oriol Servia , Jon Fogarty , Townsend Bell , Kyle Krisiloff , Luis Diaz , Damien Faulkner , A.J. Allmendinger , Jason Bright , Philipp Peter , Rudy Junco , Luiz Garcia