DORRICOTT RACING PREPS FOR THREE-CAR ASSAULT AT GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY SONOMA, Calif. (May 18, 1998) - The first three races of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship for Dorricott Racing have resembled the Dow Jones market with...
DORRICOTT RACING PREPS FOR THREE-CAR ASSAULT AT GATEWAY INTERNATIONAL RACEWAY
SONOMA, Calif. (May 18, 1998) - The first three races of the PPG-Dayton Indy Lights Championship for Dorricott Racing have resembled the Dow Jones market with its quarterly highs and lows. This being the case, round four of the 14-race series at Gateway International Raceway (Madison, Ill.) on Saturday, May 23, could be a critical juncture for Dorricott Racing's Philip Peter and Oriol "Uri" Servia as they look to recapture lost ground in the Indy Lights title chase.
Peter, of Monte Carlo, Monaco, is tied for eighth-place in the Lights standings with 14 points, but has played a key role as a front-runner in each of the first three races. A controversial stop-and-go penalty at Homestead while running eighth place derailed a late race charge and forced him to settle for 11th. Peter rebounded at Long Beach with fourth-place after a lengthy nip-and-tuck battle for third with Naoki Hattori. From third on the starting grid at Nazareth, Peter was forced to retire on lap 26 of the 100- lap sprint while running in fourth place when he tangled into the wall with Clint Mears. Despite Nazareth, Peter remains second in the Indy Lights rookie standings.
"Gateway is like a larger Phoenix to me," said Peter. "You can use similar strategies through the corners. You can't have a bad set-up for the corners at Gateway if you going to win, but Gateway's two straight-aways are so long that it can be a flat-out track That's where it gets tough because you have to balance the best set-up through the corners along with what works best for the drag racing down the straights."
Servia, a European F3 veteran from Pals, Catalonia, Spain, opened eyes at Homestead where he finished fourth place in his first career oval track race. An accident during practice at Long Beach and a subsequent mid-race tap from behind by another car made for a difficult weekend. Despite having to pit to repair a broken front wing and rear suspension, Servia managed to finish 18th. A solid start at Nazareth from the outside pole was neutralized on lap 26 when he passed a backmarker to avoid contact during a quickly thrown yellow flag. Race officials ordered Servia's return to the pits for a "drive through" penalty, but confusion on the penalty's issuance led him to wrongly return to pit lane during the yellow flag, only to have to return again on the green flag. He effectively fell one lap off the pace before moving up to 13th for the checkered flag. Joining Dorricott Racing at St. Louis for his first of four scheduled oval track races is rookie Brandon "Bud" Kaeding, of Campbell, Calif. The 18 year-old sprint car ace is also scheduled to run at the Milwaukee Mile, Michigan International Speedway, and the California Speedway. Keading, son of nine-time Golden State sprint car champion Brent Keading, has distinguished himself throughout the West in sprint car racing, and has also scored three top-10 finishes in World of Outlaws competition Dorricott Racing is a year-round professional motorsports organization based at Sears Point International Raceway in Sonoma, Calif.