Dorricott Racing Looking For "Three-Peat" At Portland Portland Targeted For Fourth Consecutive Win In 2001 SUNNYVALE, Calif. (June 20, 2001) - The one thing Dorricott Racing loves to do is race at Portland and this weekend's fifth round of ...
Dorricott Racing Looking For "Three-Peat" At Portland
Portland Targeted For Fourth Consecutive Win In 2001
SUNNYVALE, Calif. (June 20, 2001) - The one thing Dorricott Racing loves to do is race at Portland and this weekend's fifth round of the 12-race Dayton Indy Lights Championship won't be an exception. In fact, Dorricott Racing has been the dominant Indy Lights team at Portland the past two years and will be seeking its third consecutive pole and race victory at Portland International Raceway, Sunday, June 24.
The 38 lap/74.822 mile Spirit Mountain Casino Challenge is scheduled to begin at 10:45 a.m. (PT) and is the featured support race to the Freightliner/G.I. Joe's 200 for the CART FedEx Championship Series race later that day.
Dorricott Racing's dominance of Portland began in 1999 when current CART star Oriol Servia won the pole. His Dorricott Racing teammate, Philipp Peter, won the race. Last year's Indy Lights race mirrored 1999. Dorricott Racing prevailed with Townsend Bell, of San Luis Obispo, Calif., winning his first career Indy Lights pole and teammate Jason Bright, of Australia, claiming the race victory after starting on the outside pole.
Bell returns to Portland hot from a record setting fourth round at the Milwaukee Mile on June 3. He stands on top of the Indy Lights leader board with 62 points - a 10-point advantage over Derek Higgins, of Ireland. Bell won at Long Beach in round two and earned second place in the season opener at Monterrey,
Bell's victory at Milwaukee was more than just his second win of the year. It was a one-car, one-driver devastation of an entire race field. After starting from the pole and leading every lap, Bell then managed to run the fastest lap of the race (0:24.222 = 153.381 mph) in the No. 30 DirecPC Lola and became the first driver in Indy Lights history to lap an entire field in a race. In fact, he lapped all but race runner-up Mario Dominguez, of Mexico, twice. Bell also set a race record average speed of 142.481 mph, breaking Mike Groff's 1989 Milwaukee track race record of 124.883 mph.
All totaled, Bell's Milwaukee earnings totaled $37,500 - a new record for Dayton Indy Lights purse payouts. Bell's victory was the third consecutive win for Dorricott Racing in 2001 and 11th career victory in 201 starts.
Damien Faulkner, of Moville, Ireland, and Jon Fogarty, of Portola Valley, Calif., are each suffering Indy Lights freshman woes but still could contend with good results in Portland. Faulkner is in sixth place with 34 points after finishing seventh at Milwaukee. Fogarty is ninth place with 22 points.
Faulkner made his Indy Lights debut at Monterrey, Mexico, and scored a deceivingly impressive seventh place finish. Long Beach proved disappointing, however, when he crashed on the opening lap with teammate Fogarty. It was not either Dorricott driver's fault. Fogarty was rear-ended by Danish driver Kristian Kolby in the first corner at Long Beach on the race start. Kolby plowed his nosecone into Fogarty's gearbox and diffuser and, in turn, pushed him into Faulkner. Faulkner, who started fourth at Long Beach, never saw the contact coming as he spun and stopped in the middle of the turn. Both Dorricott Racing drivers were unhurt but their cars were unable to continue.
Faulkner stunned Indy Lights "experts" at Texas Motor Speedway in round three when he extended Dorricott Racing's podium finishes in 2001 to three-straight by winning the pole and race. What distinguished his victory was he had never previously raced on an oval let alone a superspeedway.
Faulkner became the Republic of Ireland's first European motor racing champion in 19 years by capturing the 2000 European Formula Palmer Audi Championship. The 25-year-old Dublin resident dominated the EFPA's 20-race season behind six wins, seven poles, and 12 podium finishes. Faulkner was also named Ireland's 2000 International Motorsports Competitor of the Year. This prestigious award is the same that had previously been won by Formula One star Eddie Irvine on two occasions.
Fogarty's season has been one agitation after another. Besides his Long Beach mugging, Fogarty slammed against the outside wall at Texas Motor Speedway late in the race while running in second place when Englishman Dan Wheldon nosed his car into Fogarty's.
Milwaukee's race started optimistically for Fogarty. He started on the outside pole and was completing the third pace lap when Higgins inadvertently accelerated into the rear of the Thomas Fogarty Winery & Vineyards Lola. Both cars were seeking to warm their tires with Fogarty swerving left and right. Fogarty was able to continue to pit lane where his crew repaired the car. He missed the first 20 laps of the race, however.
ESPN2 will provide same day coverage of the Portland Indy Lights race on ESPN2 at 10:30 p.m. ET (7:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. PT).
Dorricott Racing is a year-round professional motorsports organization with its race shop located in Bakersfield, Calif., and its corporate office based in Sunnyvale, Calif. Race results, team, and sponsor information are available on Dorricott Racing's official web site, http://www.dorricottracing.com.