SERIES: As the top development series of the CART FedEx Championship Series, the Dayton Indy Lights Championship is internationally recognized as a final step before reaching the highest levels of North American motorsports. A "spec" series,"...
As the top development series of the CART FedEx Championship Series, the Dayton Indy Lights Championship is internationally 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 a top speed that exceeds 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)
Michigan Speedway is the eighth of 12 scheduled races in the 2000 Dayton Indy Lights Championship. An international field of 18 drivers representing close to a dozen different countries are expected to take the green flag.
This will be the fourth appearance of the Dayton Indy Lights Championship at Michigan. It will be the third Indy Lights race at Michigan Speedway for Mears, and the first time that either Bright or Bell have raced on a superspeedway. Mears finished second place last year.
TRACK: 2.0-mile oval
RACE DISTANCE: 50 laps = 100.00 miles
Qualifying: Tony Renna 0:39.119 (184.054 mph) 7/24/98
Race time: David Empringham 32:30.239 (184.593 mph) 5/25/96
Thursday July 20 Practice: 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. (ET) Practice: 11:15 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. (ET) Practice: 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Friday July 21 Practice: 9:20 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. (ET) Single Car Qualifying: 3:15 p.m. to 4:15 p.m. (ET)
Saturday July 24 Warm-up: 9:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (ET) RACE: 4:15 p.m. (ET)
PRIZES: Total race purse (U.S.) $ 74,200
TV (U.S.): ESPN2- - Sunday, July 23 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. ET 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. PT
WEB SITES: Dorricott Racing www.dorricottracing.com
Bright is second place in the Indy Lights championship with 53 points following his victory at Portland in round four - Mears is close behind in third place with 40 points - Bell won the pole and finished second place finish at Portland to improve his season total to 31 points and move into a tie for eighth place with Felipe Giaffone.