Mexico City: Doran Racing qualifying report

Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve No. 77 Qualifies Fourth for Tomorrow's Rolex Series Season Finale MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Nov. 4 - Matteo Bobbi put Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 on the outside of row...

Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve No. 77 Qualifies Fourth for Tomorrow's Rolex Series Season Finale

MEXICO CITY, Mexico, Nov. 4 - Matteo Bobbi put Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 on the outside of row two for tomorrow's Rolex series season finale at Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez during qualifying in Mexico City Friday.

Bobbi's fastest lap was his fifth and final lap in the session, which was clocked at 1:46.174 for an average speed of 94.464 miles per hour for the 2.786-mile road course.

He initially topped the charts with his first lap of 1:46.684 (94.013 mph), and then a yellow flag slowed the session. When it resumed he went even faster, and at the end of the session only three other cars had bettered his performance. The pole went to the Finlay Motorsports No. 19 of Michael McDowell and Memo Gidley, which was just 1.210 seconds faster than the Crown Royal No. 77.

The team of Scott Pruett/Luis Diaz was second. Bobbi will line up beside the Michael Shank Racing No. 6 of Ken Wilden and Mike Borkowski in row two for the start of tomorrow's race. After he completes his stint he'll turn the DORAN JE4 Ford over to co-driver Fabrizio Gollin for the finish.

"At the beginning we were on the pole, and then the session was black-flagged," Bobbi said. "We made a mistake with the tire pressure, but fourth is still very good. We're happy with the balance of the car and we have some new things for this race, so we're really looking forward to tomorrow. We improved a lot from the free practice. We are happy."

Doran Racing recorded the eighth-fastest time in the first practice session on Friday morning, running a 1:47.247 for an average speed of 93.519 mph. It was 12th in the second practice session Friday with a 1:47.505 (93.691 mph).

"The track is really nice," Bobbi added. "It's like a European track. The atmosphere is very nice; I love the place. We'll see what happens tomorrow."

There is a 45-minute practice session at 8 a.m. tomorrow and an autograph session at 11 a.m. before the recon laps are held at 2:40 p.m., 20 minutes before the green flag is scheduled to drop.

The 250-mile/90-lap/two-hour-and-45-minute Rolex series race is scheduled to be broadcast live on SPEED at 4 p.m. ET tomorrow afternoon. It is being held in conjunction with the Champ Car World Series season finale on Sunday.

For more information please see doranracing.com and crownroyal.com. The drivers' Web sites are at Matteobobbi.com and fabriziogollin.com.

Other interesting information can be found at grandamerican.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.

Tomorrow's race is the last of the 14-race 2005 season. The series banquet is slated for Nov. 30 in Orlando, Fla. There is testing planned at Homestead-Miami Speedway Dec. 5-6. The traditional Daytona test days are Jan. 4-7, 2006, with the Rolex 24 at Daytona following on Jan. 26-29.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Memo Gidley , Scott Pruett , Luis Diaz , Michael McDowell , Matteo Bobbi , Ken Wilden , Mike Borkowski , Michael Shank
Teams Doran Racing , Michael Shank Racing