Utah: Doran Racing No. 77 race report

Brix, Jourdain and Servia Finish Eighth In Rolex Series Season Finale At Miller Motorsports Park Saturday In Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 TOOELE, Utah, Sept. 2 - The Feeds the Need/Doran Racing team recorded a strong ...

Brix, Jourdain and Servia Finish Eighth In Rolex Series Season Finale At Miller Motorsports Park Saturday In Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77

TOOELE, Utah, Sept. 2 - The Feeds the Need/Doran Racing team recorded a strong eighth-place finish in the 2006 Rolex Series season finale Saturday night at Miller Motorsports Park in the nine-hour Discount Tire Sunchaser enduro that had only one full-course caution and ended in pitch-black darkness.

All three drivers - Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif.; Michel Jourdain Jr. of Mexico City, Mexico and Oriol Servia of Miami - were making their first start here. Servia was making his first start of any kind in a race car with a roof, but in the afternoon the Champ Car World Series star set the fastest lap of the race for the DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77, which carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS. That lap was even a tad faster than the one the car ran in quals.

After Brix started 19th, the entry ran in 13th or 14th place from hours two through five. The car was 11th two-thirds of the way through the race, including during the full-course yellow six hours and 25 minutes into the event for debris.

Brix was behind the wheel for the restart when the car cracked the top 10 with two hours and 12 minutes remaining. He had the difficult job of driving in the glare of the setting sun, but he was still in tenth place when he turned the car over to Jourdain for the last stint.

Jourdain said he never concentrated so hard as he did driving over the 4.486-mile road course in the pitch-black darkness, but with 48 minutes remaining he was able to pass Eddie Cheever Jr. for ninth place and with 20 minutes to go he got eighth when the No. 11 Daytona Prototype had mechanical difficulties and dropped back.

The race was broadcast live on SPEED. The Michael Shank Racing No. 60 of Mark Patterson and Oswaldo Negri won.

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Post-race quotes follow:

Harrison Brix: "The key to this one was staying out of trouble and keeping the car in one piece and on the blacktop. It was great for the team to finish the year with a strong result. Hopefully this will help us build momentum for next year.

"I had no incidents in my stint at the end. Driving into the setting sun was very treacherous and I was very happy to get out and let Michel drive.

"We didn't have any problems. Randy Ruhlman or somebody in the Derhaag car broke in front of me, but I missed him.

"We were fighting for grip, but the car ran really well. The track was slippery, dirty and really nasty."

Michel Jourdain Jr.: "I had an incident with the No. 09 during the afternoon; he didn't see me and we had contact. It happened in Turn Five, Black Rock Hairpin, but our car was OK.

"That last stint in the dark required the hardest concentration ever in my life. I just wanted to be smooth and finish the race. Only like the top four cars passed me. I was driving blind; there was no one doing my speed to follow. I am really glad we finished in the top 10."

Oriol Servia: "Everything went fine in my double stint. No contact with anyone, which is what I wanted. The only problem I had was the hose became disconnected on my water bottle during the second half of my stint.

"My weakest point was my driver change in the pit stop; I had a little trouble with that, but that should be something that should be easy to work on and improve.

"I had a lot of fun. I liked the car from the moment I first drove it. I want to thank Kevin for the opportunity. I had a lot of fun in my first race with a roof.

"I'm really very happy with how everything went."

Kevin Doran: "Well, the season closer was better than the season as a whole! Hopefully it'll give us a little momentum for '07. All three drivers did a fantastic job. They brought the car home unscathed in a long endurance race and pitch-black darkness at the end, and I'm really proud of the whole team."

-credit: doran racing

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eddie Cheever , Oriol Servia , Randy Ruhlman , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Kevin Doran , Harrison Brix , Michael Shank , Michel Jourdain
Teams Doran Racing , Michael Shank Racing