Doran Racing Looks Forward to Rolex Series' Version of Thursday Night Thunder This Week at Daytona LEBANON, Ohio, June 27 - Doran Racing heads back to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. this week in order to participate in the...
Doran Racing Looks Forward to Rolex Series' Version of Thursday Night Thunder This Week at Daytona
LEBANON, Ohio, June 27 - Doran Racing heads back to Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. this week in order to participate in the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex Series race on Daytona's 3.56-mile road course Thursday night.
Practice, qualifying and the 250-mile race are all rolled into one day for this event, which is sandwiched between NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice and an IROC race.
Two Rolex Series practice sessions will be held at 9 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. that morning followed by quals at 12:40 p.m., an autograph session at 4 p.m. and the two-hour-and-45-minute/70-lap race at 7 p.m.
The latter will be broadcast live at 7 p.m. Eastern time on SPEED.
Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla. and Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif., the drivers of the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77, hope to do well at Daytona for the companies they represent: the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS. Their yellow and black Daytona Prototype is one of 29 DP cars and 22 GT cars entered for a field of 51.
"I'm really looking forward to the race because it's only two hours from my house, so I don't have to fly," noted Borcheller, who has had even more time in the air than usual since he competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in France a couple of weeks ago. "The team has been working really hard and we hope to be able to pay them back with a good result."
"Daytona will go well," said Brix with conviction. "Hopefully it will help our series build up our fan base too, since it's between NASCAR practice and the IROC race."
A typical Rolex Series event encompasses four days, not one, which adds to the challenge of this event. The usual schedule has a test day on Thursday, a practice day on Friday, qualifying on Saturday and the race on Sunday. Having no test day and consolidating all the other sessions into one day will not only make for a long day for the participants, but it will also add to the challenge of arriving at a good set-up for the race very quickly.
Finding a good race set-up quickly that day is just one part of the equation. A good set-up for the practice sessions held during the heat of the day won't be the best set-up for the evening's race, when the track temperature will be cooler, which adds to the team's challenges for one very busy Thursday.
For the race itself, the goals will be the same as usual: stay out of trouble and head for the front.