DORRICOTT RACING LOOKS FOR A DUO SUCCESS AT BELLE ISLE AND THE DETROIT NEWS 75 SONOMA, Calif. (June 3, 1998) - The familiar adage, "change is in the air," might best describe this weekend's Detroit News 75, round six of the 14-race ...
DORRICOTT RACING LOOKS FOR A DUO SUCCESS AT BELLE ISLE AND THE DETROIT NEWS 75
SONOMA, Calif. (June 3, 1998) - The familiar adage, "change is in the air," might best describe this weekend's Detroit News 75, round six of the 14-race PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship, when CART's "Official Development Series" makes in 10th annual visit to the Detroit Grand Prix and Belle Isle, Sunday, June 7.
The 32 lap/75.57 mile Indy Lights sprint is scheduled to begin at 12:00 p.m. (ET) and is the primary weekend support race to the ITT Automotive Detroit Grand Prix for the CART FedEx Champ car race later that day.
Four of the first five Indy Lights races this year have been run on oval circuits with Dorricott Racing's Philipp Peter, of Monte Carlo, Monaco, and Oriol Servia, of Pals, Catalonia, Spain, flirting with checkered flag destiny but having to give way to racer's poor luck or outside decisions beyond their control. Belle Isle will provide the backdrop for what could be a reversal of ill-fortune and the beginning of a title surge.
Peter, who is fourth in the Indy Lights championship with 34 points, has already displayed his street course prowess when he started fifth and finished fourth at Long Beach in round two. With his European racing background more attuned to permanent road courses, his solid finish at Long Beach suggests he quickly adapts to the nuances of street racing.
"I don't have anywhere near the experience on street circuits that I have on road courses," said Peter. "I was more comfortable at Long Beach than I thought I would be so I am looking forward to the change from oval racing to Belle Isle and perhaps find more success."
Servia's Indy Lights street course debut at Long Beach was colored by a practice session brush with a wall and subsequent handling problems. Despite his 16th place showing at Long Beach, he is cautiously optimistic about Belle Isle and pleased with a break from ovals.
"We have spent so much time on ovals recently that I have to regain my feel for street racing," said Servia. "I don't have a strong background in street courses. I only ran two races per year at Monaco and Macao (near Hong Kong) in Formula 3. I don't think I'm unrealistic in believing I'll could do well at Belle Isle, but I am also aware of how street circuits constantly change throughout the day, and how many factors can affect the race. Preparing the right set-up is critical especially when trying to counter the bumps at Belle Isle. Races on street tracks are many times decided by how well a team can predict the changes in the track."
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 Detroit Indy Lights race, Sunday, June 7, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. ET (2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. PT).