Trois-Rivieres: Dorricott Racing preview

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que., Canada (July 30, 2003) - There is still plenty of room at the top of the Toyota Atlantic Championship standings for second-half comebacks and that is the direction that Dorricott Racing and Luis Diaz, of Mexico City,...

TROIS-RIVIERES, Que., Canada (July 30, 2003) - There is still plenty of room at the top of the Toyota Atlantic Championship standings for second-half comebacks and that is the direction that Dorricott Racing and Luis Diaz, of Mexico City, are headed in this weekend's eighth round of the 12-race series from the streets of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Canada.

The 45-lap (68.445 mile) Atlantic sprint around the 1.521-mile, 10-turn temporary street circuit is scheduled to drop the green flag at 1:00 p.m. ET, Sunday, Aug. 3. It is the featured race for the La Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres as it celebrates its 35th anniversary of providing eastern Canada with outstanding professional racing.

It will be Diaz's second visit to Trois-Rivieres where last year he drove a near "text book" perfect race around Trois-Rivieres's extremely narrow and "pass-unfriendly" circuit. Diaz qualified eighth and finished in sixth place but not before displaying an impressive and gritty mid-race comeback following an incident that nearly ended his day. Diaz's first challenge came on lap 17 when Jonathon Macri attempted to pass another driver. Macri failed but the consequence was losing control of his car and sliding side-to-side into Diaz. Diaz had moved into sixth place at that point, but fell three spots to ninth after the contact and skinning the wall. Macri ended in the wall and 24th place.

Diaz continued but under painful duress from an injury he suffered to his right forefinger caused by the wall contact. He was relentless in his pursuit of the front-runners and recaptured lost positions plus one to move into fifth place by lap 37. Rocky Moran Jr. was able to pass Diaz on lap 41 but Diaz still brought the Telmex Swift 014a home to sixth place.

Dorricott Racing had previously visited Trois-Rivieres in 1998 in the Dayton Indy Lights Championship with drivers Philipp Peter and current CART star Oriol Servia. Peter qualified sixth and finished 11th. Servia, meanwhile, smoothly qualified on the outside pole and then finished second place.

This weekend's race track schedule (all times eastern) for Dorricott Racing is: <pre> Fri., Aug. 1 - Practice: 9:25 - 9:55 a.m. Provisional Qualifying: 2:55 - 3:25 p.m.

Sat., Aug. 2 - Practice: 9:10 - 9:40 a.m. Final qualifying: 2:40 - 3:10 p.m.

Sun., Aug. 3 - Warm-up: 8:45 - 9:00 a.m. RACE: 1:00 p.m. </pre> Speed Channel will provide a LIVE telecast of the Toyota Atlantic Championship race from Trois-Rivieres beginning at 1:00 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. PT), Sunday, Aug. 4.

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.

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 , Rocky Moran Jr. , Townsend Bell , Luis Diaz , Damien Faulkner , Jason Bright , Philipp Peter , Luiz Garcia Jr.