Gollin Qualifies Ninth at PIR For Saturday Night's Rolex Series Race In Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford PHOENIX, Sept. 9 - Fabrizio Gollin qualified ninth Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway for Saturday night's ...
Gollin Qualifies Ninth at PIR For Saturday Night's Rolex Series Race In Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford
PHOENIX, Sept. 9 - Fabrizio Gollin qualified ninth Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway for Saturday night's Racetickets.com Rolex series race in Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77.
Gollin's tenth lap in the 15-minute qualifying session was the one that counted, as he turned the 1.51-mile, 11-turn road course in just 58.443 seconds for an average speed of 93.014 mph. That was less than a second off the time that Terry Borcheller clocked to win the pole in another DORAN JE4. Both cars were built by Doran Racing's sister company, Doran Designs, in Lebanon, Ohio.
Neither Gollin nor his co-driver, Matteo Bobbi, had ever seen PIR before Thursday. With only two practice sessions Thursday prior to qualifying on Friday night, they have been working hard to get a handle on the fastest way around the shortest track on the Rolex series schedule.
With such a steep learning curve, Gollin said that they've been concentrating on getting a comfortable race set-up, not setting a stunning qualifying lap.
"We tried a new set-up especially for the race," Gollin said after qualifying. "We did not concentrate on qualifying. Without being here before, Matteo and I have to learn this track. The race is what is most important."
He said tomorrow night's race will be challenging.
"It will be hard," he said. "This track is small, and it is very easy to make a mistake. We must preserve the tires. That and fuel mileage and our pit stop strategy will be very important tomorrow night. If those things go our way, I think we'll do all right."
The Daytona Prototypes are racing without the GT cars for the first time in the class's history. The DP race is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. local time on Saturday. The distance is 250 miles, 166 laps or two hours and 45 minutes.
The race is scheduled to be shown on SPEED on a tape-delayed basis at 4 p.m. Eastern time this Sunday.
For more information please see doranracing.com and crownroyal.com. Matteobobbi.com has information on that driver, while Gollin's Web site is at fabriziogollin.com.
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