Shoeil Ayari is one of three drivers at BSR, part of a record trio of full-time, three-car teams in the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship. Defending series champions Dorricott Racing and Conquest Racing will also field three-pronged attacks...
Shoeil Ayari is one of three drivers at BSR, part of a record trio of full-time, three-car teams in the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship. Defending series champions Dorricott Racing and Conquest Racing will also field three-pronged attacks on the title this season.
Veteran Rodolfo Lavin (Corona/Modelo Lola) and rookie Todd Snyder (Outpost.com Lola) complete BSR's lineup, the team's first full-time trio since 1996. The last time BSR ran a three-car entry in a single race was last year at Toronto where Lavin and David Pook were joined by Kenny Wilden.
Dorricott has run a three-car effort since last year when the team swept the top three spots in the championship with Oriol Servia, Casey Mears and Philipp Peter, respectively. This year's lineup includes Mears (Sooner Trailer Lola) and rookies Townsend Bell (DirecPC Lola) and Jason Bright (Dorricott Racing Lola).
Conquest ran a three-car entry for the first time in the 1999 finale at California Speedway. The drivers in that race, Felipe Giaffone (Hollywood Lola), Chris Menninga (Mi-Jack Lola) and rookie Rolando Quintanilla (Telmex/Prodigy Internet Lola) all return for the full 2000 season.
Drivers from the Dayton Indy Lights Championship and the Toyota Atlantic Championship will be the featured guests at the Grand Prix Foundation of Long Beach's International Art & Wine Experience charity event Thursday evening at the Long Beach Convention Center. The drivers will be introduced to the event's attendees at 6:30 p.m. and will then be available for the remainder of the evening to sign autographs and mingle with guests.
Tickets for the evening, which includes wine tasting, entertainment, a balloon raffle and an art exhibit and auction, are still available from the Grand Prix Foundation at (562) 490-4509. The cost is $40 and the full hours for the event are from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.
Snyder and Menninga will get a headstart on their charitable work Thursday when they take part in the Racing For Kids (RFK) Children's Hospital visit at 1 p.m. at Miller Children's Hospital at Memorial Medical Center in Long Beach. Racing For Kids is affiliated with both the Dayton Indy Lights Championship and the Toyota Pro/Celebrity Race which takes to the Long Beach circuit on Saturday. Snyder and Menninga will join several celebrities participating in the Toyota race for the hospital visit, including actress Ashley Judd, who is scheduled to appear.
The RFK entourage will visit with young patients and an elf Kids Racer pedal car will be presented to the hospital by elf Race Fuels.
Championship Auto Racing Teams has made a major commitment to building fan relationships in 2000 and Dayton Indy Lights Championship drivers are part of the program. Several drivers will join their colleagues in the FedEx Championship Series throughout the year in the new CART All Driver Autograph sessions that were conducted at the opening rounds of the FedEx Championship Series. Indy Lights drivers will be included at each of the 11 races run with the FedEx series while an All-Indy Lights Driver Autograph session will be scheduled for the season-ending feature event in Aruba. Indy Lights drivers designated to be part of the session at Long Beach include Bell, Mears, Quintanilla and Cory Witherill (WSA Healthcare/WebShipper.com Lola). The event is scheduled in the CART paddock from 4:45 - 5:30 p.m. on Friday.