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Barber Dodge drivers visit PWR Racing

May 2,  2002

NATIONAL CHAMPIONSHIP DRIVERS TO GET INSIDE LOOK AT PWR CHAMPIONSHIP RACING; BARBER DODGE PRO SERIES DRIVERS STAY ACTIVE DURING LONG LAYOFF; ATLANTIC TEAM OWNER BOB DORRICOTT PASSES AWAY

DETROIT (May 1, 2002) - By invitation of top CART FedEx Championship Series competitors PWR Championship Racing, the entire Formula Dodge National Championship field will tour the Champ Car team's shop complex on the Northwest side of Indianapolis Thursday, May 9. The tour coordinates with Rounds 5 & 6 of the FDNC at Putnam Park Motorsports Complex, about 25 miles west of Indianapolis.

PWR Team Manager Paul "Ziggy" Harcus will lead the tour around the team's 33,000 square foot purpose-built, state-of-the-art facility. Harcus will then field questions from the drivers during a Q&A session. Harcus is a good candidate to speak about coming up the CART Ladder since he used to run PWR's Dayton Indy Lights efforts in the late '90s. He also served as Crew Chief for Al Unser Jr.'s 1990 CART FedEx Championship Series winning season.

PWR Championship Racing (formerly PacWest Racing) is owned by Bruce McCaw and is running its 10th season in the CART FedEx Championship Series. In that time, PWR has scored five victories with three different drivers. Dominic Dobson, Scott Sharp, Danny Sullivan, Mauricio Gugelmin and Mark Blundell have all driven for PWR. Currently, Ladder System graduates and former Dayton Indy Lights Champions Scott Dixon and Oriol Servia drive for the team. Dixon won PWR's most recent race at Nazareth in 2001, becoming the youngest driver in the history of the FedEx Championship to gain a victory at age 20 years, 9 months and 14 days.

In addition to their PWR tour on Thursday, the FDNC drivers will be guests of Racing for Kids on Friday, May 10th at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. Racing for Kids, which organizes driver visits to Children's Hospitals, is the official charity of the Skip Barber, LLC and the Barber Dodge Pro Series. The drivers will attend "Happy Hour" and watch CART FedEx Championship Series drivers Michael Andretti, Kenny Brack, Bruno Junqueira, Dario Franchitti, Paul Tracy, Tony Kanaan, Max Papis and Jimmy Vasser during the final practice period before Pole Day on Saturday. Just like some of their Champ Car counterparts, it will be the first trip to the Brickyard for many of the FDNC drivers.

OFF-TRACK ACTIVITY

In most lines of work, a two-month break would be most welcome. For race car drivers though, long layoffs can hurt their search for the competitive edge. Drivers in the Barber Dodge Pro Series face this situation with the Sebring (March 17th) and Lime Rock (May 27th) race dates being over two months apart. Before they arrive in Lime Rock for the Memorial Day Classic, however, drivers will have participated in a bevy of racing and non-racing activities.

For Sebring race winner AJ Allmendinger, the time-off certainly has been productive. In addition to working out four times a week, he launched his personal website, tested at Sebring and ran two Stars of Tomorrow races for Paul Tracy Karting. Already looking ahead to 2003, Allmendinger also attended the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach and had discussions with several key Atlantic team owners.

"If nothing else, I can say I was the points leader for two months," joked the 20-year old BDPS rookie from Hollister, California. "Seriously, I am really confident heading into Lime Rock and ready to get back into the seat and try to win two in a row and set the tone for the summer months."

2002 Barber CART Scholarship driver Leo Maia has been similarly busy during this down time in the schedule. Maia has done the usual testing, karting and working out activities like most drivers, but he also found time to learn two new activities - mountain biking and yoga.

"I've had a lot of fun with the mountain biking." commented the 21-year old from Oakland, Calif. now living in Miami. "It really helps build your endurance but it can be a little dangerous. The yoga is good for the mental side of driving a race car. I am confident these extra preparations will help me in Lime Rock and throughout the grueling summer schedule."

Mexican driver Memo Rojas - who finished a disappointing 14th in Sebring due to engine problems - joined Allmendinger and Maia in Pro Series testing in addition to his activities for sponsor Telmex in Mexico. Work aside, Rojas was also busy finishing up final exams for his college degree.

"It certainly has been a long break since Sebring," commented the 22-year old Rojas. "I tried to keep sharp by testing the Pro Series car and running some shifter karts. However, nothing beats the real action of a race, so I am ready to get back at it in Lime Rock."

BOB DORRICOTT PASSES AWAY

The entire CART community mourns the passing of Bob Dorricott, owner of the Toyota Atlantic team Dorricott Racing. Dorricott died of cancer on Friday, April 26, at his family home in Los Altos Hills, California. He was 65.

Dorricott and his team were longtime supporters of the CART Driver Development Ladder System, having raced in the former Dayton Indy Lights Championship for the last 12 seasons, with full-time efforts since 1994. A long list of distinguished drivers have called Dorricott Racing home, including Robbie Buhl, Jeff Ward, Shigeaki Hattori, Luiz Garcia Jr., Philipp Peter, Oriol Servia, Casey Mears, Damien Faulkner and Townsend Bell. Servia and Bell won the 1999 and 2001 Dayton Indy Lights Championship, respectively.

In 2002, Dorricott Racing moved to the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship with a three-car effort for Jon Fogarty, Alex Gurney and Luis Diaz. Fogarty won the season opener at Monterrey, Mexico, and is the current points leader after two rounds. Diaz and Gurney are currently fourth and fifth in the season points championship.

"Bob was not only an outstanding team owner, he also represented the strength of the Indy Lights in the final years," said Adam Saal, the current VP of Communications for CART and former Public Relations Director for the Dayton Indy Lights Championship from 1991-94 and 1997-2001. Saal attended funeral services on behalf of CART. "Dorricott Racing stood as the standard bearer in the late 90's through 2001, winning the Lights Championship in 1999 and 2001. The best thing for everyone on the team is to continue their winning ways and bring home the Toyota Atlantic Championship in memory of Bob."

Bob Dorricott is survived by his wife Phyllis, daughter Pam, sons Bob Jr. and Jeff and six grandchildren. Services were held on Wednesday, May 1, in Los Altos, California.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to the El Camino Hospital Foundation, 2500 Grant Road, WIL 210, Mountain View, California, 94040-4378; or to the Mid-Peninsula Hospice, 201 San Antonio Circle, Suite 135, Mountain View, California, 94040.

CHAMPIONSHIP BATTLES

Toyota Atlantic Championship
(Through Round 2 of 12)

1. Jon Fogarty 35 points
2. Michael Valiante 32 points
3. Rocky Moran Jr. 21 points
4. Luis Diaz 19 points
5. Alex Gurney 17 points


Barber Dodge Pro Series
(Through Round 1 of 10)

1. A.J. Allmendinger 22 points
2. Davy Cook 16 points
3. Julio Campos 14 points
4. Nilton Rossoni 13 points
5. Christian Szymczak 11 points


Formula Dodge National Championship
(Through Round 4 of 13)

1. Burt Frisselle 64 points
2. Scott Speed 46 points
3. Al Unser 45 points
4. Scott Poirier 43 points
5. Grant Maiman 40 points


UP NEXT

The CART Toyota Atlantic Championship prepares for its next action May 31-June 2 during the Miller Lite 250 at the historic Milwaukee Mile. American Jon Fogarty won Round 1 in Monterrey, Mexico, while Canadian Michael Valiante of Lynx Racing won Round 2 in Long Beach.

The Barber Dodge Pro Series will return to action May 24-27 in the Memorial Day Classic at Lime Rock Park in Connecticut. American A.J. Allmendinger won the season opener in Sebring, capturing his first BDPS victory in only his fourth start.

Rounds 5 and 6 of the Formula Dodge National Championship will be contested May 10-12 at the Putnam Park Motorsports Complex, about 25 miles west of Indianapolis. Americans Grant Maiman, Burt Frisselle and Scott Speed won Rounds 1-3, respectively, while Canadian Ward Imrie captured Round 4.

Championship Auto Racing Teams, Inc. (NYSE: MPH) owns, operates and markets the CART FedEx Championship Series. Former series champions Michael Andretti and Jimmy Vasser are among the stars who will battle for the 2002 FedEx Championship Series title on ovals, temporary street circuits and permanent road courses. CART also owns and operates its top development series, the CART Toyota Atlantic Championship. CART also sanctions the Barber Dodge Pro Series as part of a marketing partnership with Skip Barber, LLC. For more information about the CART Ladder System, log onto www.cart.com and click on the links to the Toyota Atlantic Championship, Barber Dodge Pro Series, Formula Dodge National Championship and Stars of Tomorrow. 

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