RACE 12 - Presented by the Los Angeles Times CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY (Fontana, Calif.) Oct. 27-29, 2000 SERIES: As the top development series of the CART FedEx Championship Series, the Dayton Indy Lights Championship is recognized as a final step ...
RACE 12 - Presented by the Los Angeles Times
CALIFORNIA SPEEDWAY (Fontana, Calif.)
Oct. 27-29, 2000
As the top development series of the CART FedEx Championship Series, the Dayton Indy Lights Championship is recognized as a final step before reaching the highest levels of North American motorsports. A "spec" series," Indy Lights emphasizes driver skill and team preparation through the use of identical Lola T97/20 open-wheel, single-seat race cars. Indy Lights cars are only about 10 percent smaller than the Champ Cars they resemble and can reach speeds exceeding 190 mph.
No. 1 Townsend Bell - Costa Mesa, Calif. (DirecPC)
No. 2 Casey Mears - Bakersfield, Calif. (Dorricott Racing/Sooner Trailer)
No. 3 Jason Bright - Gold Coast, Australia (Dorricott Racing)
Fontana concludes the 12-race 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship. An international field of 18 drivers representing six countries have entered this year's race.
This is the fourth Indy Lights race ever held at California Speedway, and the fourth for Mears. Mears' best finish was in 1998 when he started 18th and finished eighth place. It will be the first time for Bell and Bright to race at Fontana. Dorricott Racing qualified well at California Speedway last year with Oriol Servia earning the outside pole and Philipp Peter starting third on the grid.
<pre> TRACK: 2.029-mile oval
RACE DISTANCE: 50 laps / 101.450 miles
RECORDS: Qualifying: Tony Renna 0:38.922 187.688 mph 10/30/98
Race time: Mark Hotchkis 39:40.916 (153.395 mph) 10/31/98
Fri. Oct. 27 Practice: 9:25 a.m. to 9:55 a.m. (PT) 3:15 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. (PT)
Sat. Oct. 28 Practice: 9:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m. (PT) Single Car Qualifying: 4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. (PT)
Sun. Oct. 29 Warm-up 7:45 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. (PT) RACE: 9:30 a.m. (PT)
PRIZES: Total race purse (U.S.) $ 74,200
TV (U.S.): ESPN2- - Sunday, October 29 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT
Dorricott Racing www.dorricottracing.com
</pre> Bell is in second place for the Indy Lights championship and trails leader Scott Dixon by four points, 134-130 ... Houston Indy Lights race winner Mears is in third place with 129 points ... Bright is tied with Tony Renna for fifth place with 91 points ... Bell secured Indy Lights Rookie of the Year honors at Houston ... Bell has led the second most overall laps of this Indy Lights season with 114 laps including 79 on ovals.