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The 2001 CART PPG/Dayton Indy Lights Championship Powered By Buick consisted of 12 races. It was dominated by Townsend Bell who captured six victories on his way to the championship. It was the last Indy Lights season, as the series organizer, CART, decided to drop the Indy Lights series and concentrate its efforts on the Toyota Atlantic Championship.[2] Most former Indy Lights teams that wished to stay in business went either to the Atlantic series, which replaced Indy Lights as the support race at most CART events, or the new Infiniti Pro Series, which ran in support of Indy Racing League events.

2001 Indy Lights season
PPG/Dayton Indy Lights Championship Powered by Buick
Season
Races12
Start dateMarch 11
End dateNovember 4
Awards
Drivers' championUnited States Townsend Bell
Teams' championUnited States Dorricott Racing
Rookie of the YearUnited Kingdom Dan Wheldon[1]
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Contents

Drivers and teamsEdit

All teams utilized Lola T97/20 chassis with Buick V6 engines.

Team No. Drivers Sponsor Notes
  Brian Stewart Racing 2   Larry Mason King Taco/Trench Shoring Long Beach only
3   Andy Booth Long Beach only
  Conquest Racing 11   Kristian Kolby Rounds 1–8
  Matt Halliday in No. 11 for Fontana
21 Mi-Jack Rounds 4–11
  Nilton Rossoni Monterrey only
  Dorricott Racing 30   Townsend Bell DirecWay
31   Damien Faulkner
32   Jon Fogarty Thomas Fogarty Winery Suffered herniated disc before Portland round, returned at Road Atlanta & Laguna Seca[3][4]
  Geoff Boss Injury replacement at Toronto & Mid-Ohio
  Indy Regency Racing 12   Cory Witherill WSA Healthcare, Casino Morongo Missed Texas round
  Mexpro Racing 15   Rudy Junco, Jr. Starlight Diamonds
16   Derek Higgins Starlight Diamonds
  PacWest Lights 1   Dan Wheldon Gemstart
17   Mario Domínguez del Valle, Corona
  Roquin Motorsports 64   Rolando Quintanilla Telmex
65   Luis Díaz Telmex

CalendarEdit

Rnd Date Track Location Pole position Fastest race lap Most laps led Winning driver Winning team
1 March 11   Fundidora Park Monterrey, Mexico   Derek Higgins   Mario Domínguez   Derek Higgins   Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing
2 April 8   Long Beach street circuit Long Beach, California   Mario Domínguez   Townsend Bell   Dan Wheldon   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
3 April 28   Texas Motor Speedway Fort Worth, Texas   Damien Faulkner   Jon Fogarty   Damien Faulkner   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing
4 June 3   Milwaukee Mile West Allis, Wisconsin   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
5 June 24   Portland International Raceway Portland, Oregon   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell   Damien Faulkner   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing
6 July 8   Kansas Speedway Kansas City, Kansas   Mario Domínguez   Damien Faulkner   Townsend Bell   Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing
7 July 15   Exhibition Place Toronto, Canada   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
8 August 12   Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Lexington, Ohio   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
9 August 26   Gateway International Raceway Madison, Illinois   Townsend Bell   Dan Wheldon   Townsend Bell   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights
10 October 5   Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia   Townsend Bell   Jon Fogarty   Townsend Bell   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights
11 October 14   Laguna Seca Raceway Monterey, California   Townsend Bell   Luis Díaz   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing
12 November 4   California Speedway Fontana, California   Townsend Bell   Mario Domínguez   Townsend Bell   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing

Race summariesEdit

MonterreyEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 16   Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 35 54:48.128 35 22
2 3 30   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 35 +0.179 0 16
3 5 32   Jon Fogarty Dorricott Racing 35 +5.799 0 14
4 4 17   Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 35 +6.334 0 12
5 10 1   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 35 +9.437 0 10
Race average speed: 80.625 mph (129.753 km/h)
Lead changes: 0
Cautions: 0

Long BeachEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 6 30   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 38 57:13.430 5 20
2 3 1   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 38 +3.775 33 17
3 5 16   Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 38 +5.342 0 14
4 1 17   Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 38 +5.862 0 13
5 7 11   Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing 38 +12.326 0 10
Race average speed: 78.412 mph (126.192 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 11 laps

TexasEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 31   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 67 39:35.632 65 22
2 4 16   Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 67 +0.349 1 16
3 3 11   Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing 67 +0.529 0 14
4 7 65   Luis Díaz Roquin Motorsports 67 +0.737 0 12
5 10 64   Rolando Quintanilla Roquin Motorsports 67 +1.127 0 10
Race average speed: 150.491 mph (242.192 km/h)
Lead changes: 3 between 3 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 8 laps

MilwaukeeEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 100 43:27.503 100 21
2 6 17   Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 99 -1 lap 0 16
3 5 1   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 98 -2 laps 0 14
4 9 65   Luis Díaz Roquin Motorsports 97 -3 laps 0 12
5 8 15   Rudy Junco, Jr. Mexpro Racing 97 -3 laps 0 10
Race average speed: 142.481 mph (229.301 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 1 for 4 laps

PortlandEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 3 31   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 38 58:58.791 16 21
2 8 15   Rudy Junco, Jr. Mexpro Racing 38 +16.134 0 16
3 7 13   Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 38 +20.501 0 14
4 10 21   Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 38 28.936 0 12
5 9 64   Rolando Quintanilla Roquin Motorsports 38 +28.936 0 10
Race average speed: 76.116 mph (122.497 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 3 for 8 laps

KansasEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 6 11   Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing 67 40:25.322 19 20
2 7 31   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 67 +0.001 0 16
3 4 1   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 67 +0.213 0 14
4 3 21   Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 67 +0.962 3 12
5 2 30   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 67 +0.017‡ 27 11
Race average speed: 151.323 mph (243.531 km/h)
Lead changes: 9 between 4 drivers
Cautions: 2 for 7 laps

‡Townsend Bell was penalized two positions for aggressive driving.

TorontoEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 43 51:18.593 43 22
2 1 17   Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 43 +7.002 0 16
3 4 31   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 43 ? 0 14
4 9 21   Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 43 +8.333 0 12
5 6 65   Luis Díaz Roquin Motorsports 43 +10.658 0 10
Race average speed: 88.959 mph (143.166 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 3 for 6 laps

Mid-OhioEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 34 50:19.940 34 22
2 2 1   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 34 +0.235 0 16
3 3 31   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 34 +0.466 0 14
4 4 11   Kristian Kolby Conquest Racing 34 +1.771 0 12
5 5 21   Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 34 +2.148 0 10
Race average speed: 91.518 mph (147.284 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 3 for 9 laps

GatewayEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 3 1   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 80 43:31.081 11 20
2 4 17   Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 80 +23.822 0 16
3 8 21   Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 80 +624.573 0 14
4 5 16   Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 79 -1 lap 0 12
5 2 31   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 79 -1 lap 0 10
Race average speed: 140.080 mph (225.437 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 6 laps

Road AtlantaEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 6 1   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 29 42:57.299 1 20
2 1 30   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 29 +0.256 28 18
3 3 31   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 29 +2.536 0 14
4 5 17   Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 29 +4.780 0 12
5 2 32   Jon Fogarty Dorricott Racing 29 +5.791 0 10
Race average speed: 102.889 mph (165.584 km/h)
Lead changes: 1 between 2 drivers
Cautions: 1 for 4 laps

Laguna SecaEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 34 44:34.521 34 22
2 2 32   Jon Fogarty Dorricott Racing 34 +2.963 0 16
3 4 65   Luis Díaz Roquin Motorsports 34 +9.974 0 14
4 6 31   Damien Faulkner Dorricott Racing 34 +16.433 0 12
5 5 1   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 34 +17.532 0 10
Race average speed: 102.423 mph (164.834 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: none

FontanaEdit

Top Five Finishers
Fin.
Pos
St.
Pos
Car
No.
Driver Team Laps Time Laps
Led
Points
1 1 30   Townsend Bell Dorricott Racing 44 29:22.667 44 21
2 5 1   Dan Wheldon PacWest Lights 44 +0.051 0 16
3 7 11   Matt Halliday Conquest Racing 44 +17.354 0 14
4 8 16   Derek Higgins Mexpro Racing 44 +17.356 0 12
5 9 17   Mario Domínguez PacWest Lights 44 +17.361 0 10
Race average speed: 182.334 mph (293.438 km/h)
Lead changes: none
Cautions: 1 for 3 laps

Final points standingsEdit

Pos Name MTY
 
LGB
 
TEX
 
MIL
 
POR
 
KAN
 
TOR
 
MDO
 
GTY
 
ATL
 
LAG
 
FON
 
Pts
1   Townsend Bell 2 1 8 1*1 6 5* 1* 1* R9*1 2* 1* 1*1 193
2   Dan Wheldon 5 2* R10 3 R10 3 7 2 1 1 5 2 149
3   Damien Faulkner 7 R13 1* 7 1* 2 3 3 5 3 4 7 141
4   Mario Domínguez 4 4 6 2 R11 R10 2 6 2 4 10 5 120
5   Derek Higgins 1* 3 2 DNS 3 R11 9 R12 4 6 6 4 113
6   Matt Halliday 9 4 4 4 5 3 8 7 3 89
7   Luis Díaz 11 9 4 4 9 7 5 R11 6 7 3 6 88
8   Kristian Kolby 6 5 3 6 8 1 R10 4 80
9   Rudy Junco, Jr. 8 8 7 5 2 R9 7 7 9 8 67
10   Rolando Quintanilla 10 R11 5 8 5 8 8 9 8 9 8 9 62
11   Jon Fogarty 3 R12 R9 10 5 2 48
12   Cory Witherill 9 7 R11 7 6 R11 8 R10 R10 11 R10 44
13   Geoff Boss 6 10 11
14   Andy Booth 6 8
15   Larry Mason 10 3
16   Nilton Rossoni R12 1
Pos Name MTY
 
LGB
 
TEX
 
MIL
 
POR
 
KAN
 
TOR
 
MDO
 
GTY
 
ATL
 
LAG
 
FON
 
Pts
Color Result
Gold Winner
Silver 2nd place
Bronze 3rd place
Green 4th & 5th place
Light Blue 6th–10th place
Dark Blue Finished
(Outside Top 10)
Purple Did not finish
Red Did not qualify
(DNQ)
Brown Withdrawn
(Wth)
Black Disqualified
(DSQ)
White Did not start
(DNS)
Blank Did not
participate
(DNP)
Not competing
In-line notation
Bold Pole position
(1 point)
Italics Ran fastest race lap
* Led most race laps
(1 points)
1 Qualifying cancelled
no bonus point awarded

Note: Race 4 no additional point for the qualifying was awarded due to rain, starting grid were determined by championship points standing. Race 9 no additional point for the qualifying was awarded due to rain, starting grid were determined by championship points standing.

Complete OverviewEdit

first column of every race 10 = grid position
second column of every race 10 = race result

R9=retired, but classified NS=did not start

Place Name Country Team                        
1 Townsend Bell USA Dorricott Racing 3 2 6 1 2 8 1 1 1 6 2 5 1 1 1 1 1 R9 1 2 1 1 1 1
2 Dan Wheldon   United Kingdom PacWest Lights 10 5 3 2 5 R10 5 3 2 R10 4 3 3 7 2 2 3 1 6 1 5 5 5 2
3 Damien Faulkner   Ireland Dorricott Racing 6 7 4 R13 1 1 7 7 3 1 7 2 4 3 3 3 2 5 3 3 6 4 6 7
4 Mario Domínguez   Mexico PacWest Lights 4 4 1 4 6 6 6 2 5 R11 1 R10 2 2 7 6 4 2 7 4 3 10 9 5
5 Derek Higgins   Ireland Mexpro Racing 1 1 5 3 4 2 3 NS 7 3 9 R11 5 9 9 R12 5 4 8 6 7 6 8 4
6 Matt Halliday   New Zealand Conquest Racing 11 9 10 4 3 4 9 4 5 5 8 3 4 8 8 7 7 3
7 Luis Díaz   Mexico Roquin Motorsports 11 11 11 9 7 4 9 4 4 9 11 7 6 5 6 R11 7 6 5 7 4 3 10 6
8 Kristian Kolby   Denmark Conquest Racing 7 6 7 5 3 3 4 6 6 8 6 1 7 R10 4 4
9 Rudy Junco, Jr.   Mexico Mexpro Racing 8 8 12 8 9 7 8 5 8 2 8 R9 10 7 6 7 9 9 3 8
10 Rolando Quintanilla   Mexico Roquin Motorsports 12 10 10 R11 10 5 10 8 9 5 5 8 11 8 12 9 9 8 10 9 10 8 2 9
11 Jon Fogarty USA Dorricott Racing 5 3 2 R12 8 R9 2 10 2 5 2 2
12 Cory Witherill USA Indy Regency Racing 9 9 8 7 12 R11 11 7 10 6 10 R11 11 8 10 R10 9 R10 11 11 4 R10
13 Geoff Boss USA Dorricott Racing 8 6 8 10
14 Andy Booth   New Zealand Brian Stewart Racing 9 6
15 Larry Mason USA Brian Stewart Racing 13 10
16 Nilton Rossoni   Brazil Conquest Racing 2 R12

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Dan Wheldon wins Rookie of the Year award". Press release. DanWheldon.com. November 5, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  2. ^ "CART to drop Indy Lights, focus on Atlantic". Press release. CART. September 10, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  3. ^ "Jon Fogarty out for remainder of 2001". Press release. Dorricott Racing. August 13, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2011.
  4. ^ "Dorricott Racing season finale Fontana preview". Press release. Dorricott Racing. November 1, 2001. Retrieved June 10, 2011.

External linksEdit