Doran Team To Return To American Le Mans Competition; Submits Entry For 50th Anniversary Sebring 12 Hours
SEBRING, Fla. (February 23, 2002) -- One of the top privateer teams in American sports car racing will return to racing on the American Le Mans Series when it competes in the 50th annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, presented by Dodge, on March 16 at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway.
Doran-Lista Racing, owned by Lebanon, Ohio, businessman Kevin Doran, will race in an American Le Mans Series event for the first time since the 2000 running of the Sebring race and is fresh from its victory in the Daytona 24-hour event held earlier this month. The team will field a Dallara-Judd in the Prototype class at Sebring in pursuit of the overall win in America's oldest sports car race.
Didier Theys of Belgium, Fredy Lienhard of Switzerland and Mauro Baldi of Italy will compose the international driving cast for the team at Sebring. Baldi and Theys were part of the winning team in the 1998 Sebring event and, with Lienhard, finished fifth in 2000. The Dallara chassis, acquired by the team late in 2001, was used by the French ORECA team in last year's 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Doran-Lista Racing competed in all eight events on the American Le Mans Series in the series' inaugural season of 1999. Baldi and Theys co-drove to a second-place finish in an event in April of that year at Road Atlanta for their best finish in ALMS competition.
Upwards of 50 cars are expected to compete in the event at the 3.7-mile Sebring International Raceway, including cars in the Prototype 900 and 675, GTS and GT classes. Rinaldo Capello, Laurent Aiello and the late Michele Alboreto won last year's event in an Audi R8 Prototype. Audi has been the overall winner the past two years.
Sebring International Raceway, built on the site of a former World War II bomber training base, will hold a celebration of the 50th anniversary of the 12-hour event. Many of the former winning drivers and cars from past editions of the event will be on hand to take part in the festivities, with the cars on display for most of the week of the event.
Ticket information is available online at www.sebringraceway.com or by calling the raceway ticket office at 1-863-655-1442 (toll-free in Florida 1-800-626-RACE). The race will be televised live from flag to flag on the SPEED Channel and the broadcast by the American Le Mans Series Radio Web can be heard online at www.imsaracing.net.