Casey Mears - Dorricott Prep for Cleveland

CLEVELAND NEXT STOP FOR DORRICOTT RACING & INDY LIGHTS POINTS LEADER CASEY MEARS SUNNYVALE, Calif. (June 23, 1999) - The 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship is far from decided, but Dorricott Racing and drivers Casey Mears, Oriol...

CLEVELAND NEXT STOP FOR DORRICOTT RACING & INDY LIGHTS POINTS LEADER CASEY MEARS

SUNNYVALE, Calif. (June 23, 1999) - The 1999 PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship is far from decided, but Dorricott Racing and drivers Casey Mears, Oriol Servia, and Philipp Peter are feeling the momentum and gaining the confidence that championship contenders desire at any season's midway point. That said, a key test awaits Dorricott Racing at the Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland and round six of the 12-race Indy Lights series, Sunday, June 27. The 36 lap/75.816 mile Indy Lights sprint around the Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport 2.106-mile temporary road circuit is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) and is the featured support race for the CART FedEx Championship Series race later that day. Casey Mears, of Bakersfield, Calif., is arguably the hottest driver in Indy Lights as evidenced with five consecutive top-five finishes. The pay-off so far has Mears atop the Indy Lights leader board with 62 points and a nine point lead over teammate Servia and Airton Dare. Mears has woven consistency and tenacity into a tactical driving style to score solid finishes despite mostly unnoticeable starting positions. His podium visits have included third place at Nazareth in round three and second place at Milwaukee in round four. After scoring back-to-back fifth place finishes at Homestead and Long Beach to open the season, Mears added fourth place at Portland last Sunday to the credit roll of his Sooner Trailer/American Racing Custom Wheels Lola T97/20. Mears, who is the son of legendary Off-Road World Champion and Dorricott Racing team manager Roger Mears, is the only driver in the series who has completed every Indy Lights race lap (343 laps) and every mile (444.944 miles) run to date. Ironically, teammate Oriol Servia, of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, is becoming Mears most adept challenger. Servia, who is one of Indy Lights most respected qualifiers, has won two of the last three pole positions (Nazareth, Portland) and started third at Milwaukee. Servia also finished second place at Nazareth and Portland, and fifth place at Milwaukee in the Catalonia/RACC/Elf Lola. He opened the year with a strong sixth place showing at Homestead and ninth place at Long Beach. Servia moved into a tie for second place in the championship at Portland with 53 points. Philipp Peter's second round victory at Long Beach was duplicated at Portland making him the first "repeat" Indy Lights winner this season. His advantage at Cleveland may be the fact that he is the only Indy Lights driver who has won on road circuits this season. A veteran of European road racing, the Monte Carlo, Monaco, resident returns to Cleveland with an eye toward another podium. Peter, who drives the Red Bull/Remus/ESTEBE/Chicco d' Oro Lola, is in fourth place with 48 points. ESPN2 will provide same-day coverage of the Cleveland Indy Lights race, Sunday, June 27, from 11:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m. ET (8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. PT).

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Casey Mears , Airton Daré , Oriol Servia , Roger Mears , Philipp Peter