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DORRICOTT RACING LOOKS TO MAKE UP LOST GROUND AT CLEVELAND SONOMA, Calif. (July 7, 1998) - The Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland marks the beginning of the second half of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship and the opportunity ...

DORRICOTT RACING LOOKS TO MAKE UP LOST GROUND AT CLEVELAND

SONOMA, Calif. (July 7, 1998) - The Medic Drug Grand Prix of Cleveland marks the beginning of the second half of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship and the opportunity Dorricott Racing has been seeking in turning first-half progress into second-half earnings for first-year Indy Lights drivers Philipp Peter, of Monaco, and Oriol Servia, of Catalonia, Spain.

The 36 lap/75.816 mile Indy Lights race around Cleveland's Burke Lakefront Airport's 2.106-mile, 10-turn temporary road circuit is round eight of the 14-race series and scheduled to begin at 3:00 p.m. ET. This is the 10th appearance of CART's "Official Development Series" at Cleveland, and is the featured support event and encore for the CART FedEx Champ car race earlier that day.

Peter, who is ninth place in the Indy Lights championship with 37 points, is a strong presence on road and street circuits. His fourth place showing in round two at Long Beach after starting fifth showed his street course acumen. However, he was recently hampered at Detroit and Portland by race incidents beyond his control.

A first lap spin-and-stop by Naoki Hattori at Detroit blocked Peter's line and dropped him to 22nd - last place - before he unleashed an incredible 12-poisition climb and 10th place showing. Peter's morning warm-up, which was the fastest of the session at 1:07.475 = 104.946 mph, at Portland didn't shield him from another driver's woes on the race start when he was struck before he reached the first turn. Peter's car exploded in flames and ended his race day, although he was uninjured.

Servia has also proven to be a skilled road racer as evidenced by his sixth place finish at Detroit. Portland, however, was a nightmare for Servia when he became entangled in a three-car incident on the opening lap in turn one. He is currently 16th in the championship with 20 points.

"I think we've been running well the last two races but we've encountered some bad luck," said team owner Bob Dorricott. "We're due for a turn around. It's happened to us in the past where we've done well in qualifying, but then another driver takes an unnecessary chance and both drivers lose on the exchange. We have every reason to believe we can do well in the second half of the Indy Lights calendar including the super speedways. There's a learning curve involved particularly with influx of new drivers. They need to learn more about each others driving habits. It goes without saying that it helps to qualify up front."

Dorricott Racing is a year-round professional motorsports organization based at Sears Point International Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. Race results, team and sponsor information may be viewed on Dorricott Racing's web site, http://www.dorricottracing.com.

ESPN2 will provide same-day coverage of the Cleveland Indy Lights race, Sunday, July 12, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT).

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Series Indy Lights
Drivers Oriol Servia , Naoki Hattori , Philipp Peter