Doran-Lista to debut Toyota-powered DORAN JE4 at Watkins Glen Aug. 8
LEBANON, Ohio, July 16 - Doran-Lista Racing and drivers Didier Theys and Fredy Lienhard Sr. will debut a Toyota-powered DORAN JE4 Daytona Prototype in the Bully Hill 250 Grand Am Rolex Series race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. on Friday, Aug. 8, team owner Kevin Doran announced today.
The team also plans to campaign the same car, which was designed and built at Doran Racing's headquarters in Lebanon, Ohio, at the series' season finale at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Oct. 31-Nov. 2.
The car joins a similar Chevrolet-powered DORAN JE4 campaigned by Bell Motorsports in the series. That car, which is driven by Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber, made its debut at this year's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Jan. 31-Feb. 2 and already has three overall victories and five podium finishes in class in the eight events run so far this year in the 12-race series. It has only been out of the top five in its class once, when it was sixth. It won its fourth race ever (the Barber 250 at the Park at Barber Motorsport Park in Alabama May 18), and since that day it has three victories, one second and a fourth overall. It has overall victories in the last two events, the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic on June 29 and the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona on July 3.
The Doran-Lista team plans to test the Toyota-powered version of the car later this month prior to its first race.
Additional DORAN JE4s are under construction and are available for purchase by calling Doran Racing at (513) 336-0819.
"As a car designer and constructor, our company has made a substantial commitment to the Grand Am Rolex Series," noted Doran. "The race results prove that the DORAN JE4 is a winner.
"We designed it to accommodate various engines," he added. "Bell Motorsports has already had great success with the Chevy package, and we look forward to seeing similar results with the Toyota."
Plans to have Wally Dallenbach Jr. join the team as a special guest driver have been put on hold temporarily due to scheduling conflicts.
For more information, see www.lista.com, www.doranracing.com, www.grandamerican.com and www.restartcommunications.com.