Doran-Lista Dallara MG #27 will use Michelins in ALMS.
LEBANON, Ohio, Feb. 24 - Kevin Doran, head of Doran-Lista Racing, announced today that his team has entered into a technical partnership with Michelin for the 2003 American Le Mans Series, which begins with the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla., on March 15.
Engineers from Michelin North America, which is based in Greenville, S.C., will provide expertise in tire compound selection to the team on-site at the different events, and will also provide data such as tire temperatures, etc. for comparison during practice sessions and before, during and after the races.
"We have known Kevin Doran for a number of years, dating back to the mid-eighties," said Herb Johnson Jr., Michelin's director of motorsports. "He has been one of the most successful team managers ever, and he has a trem endous reputation in sports car racing. We're pleased to be a part of the Doran-Lista program. We hope that through this partnership we all will have many trips to the winners' circle."
"Michelin's product and technical support are fantastic," said Doran, "and I'm looking forward to working with them this year."
"I'm very pleased to be driving on Michelins because I think they make one of the best tires in sports car racing," said Didier Theys, lead driver for the Lebanon, Ohio-based team.
"I was one of the official Michelin drivers back in 1983 in Formula 3, and at that time I worked with some people who are still with Michelin today," Theys noted. "It is a great company.
"I think almost all of our primary competition in ALMS this year will be on Michelins, so that should make the races even more competitive," Theys added.
Co-driver Fredy Lienhard Sr. concurred. "Michelin tires are great, and this is definitely a plus for our team," he said.
Kevin Doran has won the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona four times, the latest being just last year. In addition to his participation in the American Le Mans Series in 2003, Doran Racing will continue to play a major role in the Grand American Rolex Series as the designer and constructor of one of the most promising new Daytona Prototype cars, the Doran JE4.
For more information on the team, see www.doranracing.com For more information and www.lista.com. about Michelin, see For more information www.Michelin.com.