Doran-Lista Team Practices at VIR Friday

ALTON, Va., Oct. 1 - The Doran-Lista team participated in practice sessions at Virginia International Raceway (VIR) Friday, posting the 12th-fastest time in the morning session and the eighth-fastest time in the afternoon session.

The Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27's fastest lap in the morning was a 1:50.242 (106.783 mph). In the afternoon the car was even faster, taking only 1:49.218 to cover the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course for an average speed of 107.784 mph.

The practice sessions were delayed an hour due to fog in the morning. It was overcast all day, but sunshine is expected for the weekend.

The Doran-Lista team has fielded the fastest car in both Rolex series races held here previously. In 2002 lead driver Didier Theys set the fastest race lap in the Doran-Lista Dallara Judd with a 1:39.618 (118.171 mph). Last year was the first year for the new Daytona Prototype division but the team again set the fastest lap in the race here when Bill Auberlen was clocked in 1:48.850 (108.149 mph) in the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus.

This weekend Andrea Montermini is Theys' co-driver. Today was his first day in a DORAN JE4 and also his first day driving at VIR.

Sunday's race will be broadcast live on SPEED at noon Eastern time.

Quotes follow:

Didier Theys: "We're just working on the set-up. The team is working hard and Andrea is learning the car and the track very quickly."

Andre Montermini: "It's a new car and a new circuit for me, and I'm enjoying learning it. It is a very nice car and very nice people. Now that I have one day of practice in, I'm really focusing now on going faster. It is important to find out how we can make a good car for the race. Of all the cars I've driven, I'd say the DORAN JE4 is closest to the Ferrari that I drove with this team in the past. It is definitely different, but I am very happy to be here and back in a real race car again. This series is very competitive. This is my first time at VIR too. It is a little like Donnington [in England] and a bit like Laguna Seca too."

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