Watkins Glen: Doran Racing preview

FTN/Doran Racing Team Is Looking Forward To Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen LEBANON, Ohio, May 31 - Doran Racing's engineers and mechanics have been working especially hard to prepare their Kodak EasyShare/Amp'd Mobile/SIRIUS DORAN JE4...

FTN/Doran Racing Team Is Looking Forward To Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen

LEBANON, Ohio, May 31 - Doran Racing's engineers and mechanics have been working especially hard to prepare their Kodak EasyShare/Amp'd Mobile/SIRIUS DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 for Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Their drivers, Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla. and Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif., will do their best to make all that hard work pay off with a great finish in the race, which will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time Saturday.

It's all part of a big weekend at the Glen as the endurance sports car racers share the card with the drivers who competed in last Sunday's Indy 500.

Doran Racing has a superb record of success at the Glen. Since 1994 the Lebanon, Ohio-based team has 11 top-five finishes at the historic upstate New York road course, including eight podiums and five outright victories. That doesn't even count all the Al Holbert victories at the Glen before then. Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen put the team's DORAN Lexus in victory lane at the Glen in 2004, while Borcheller and Forest Barber were victorious in the Bell Motorsports DORAN Chevy at the Glen in 2003.

Borcheller's record at the Glen is also stellar. In addition to being a Daytona Prototype winner here, the 2003 DP champion has two SRP II victories in a Lola Nissan and one in GTO with a Saleen Mustang. That doesn't count other triumphs in Grand-Am Cup.

The list of Doran Racing's pole positions here is also impressive, with the last one of those coming just last August with Fabrizio Gollin's new track record on the short course of 1:08.409 (128.930 mph).

Saturday's Rolex Series race, the only six-hour event on the schedule this year, will be conducted on the Glen's 3.37-mile, 11-turn long course. Originally Feeds the Need Racing's Forest Barber of Fort Worth was going to do a stint in the Kodak car at this race, which is close to Kodak's headquarters in Rochester, but he has since decided to let Borcheller and Brix handle all the driving duties here.

Practice starts Thursday at 3 p.m. and continues into the evening. More practice is slated for Friday afternoon, with qualifying for the 26 Daytona Prototypes entered in the 49-car field at 4:45 p.m. Friday afternoon. A morning practice is on the schedule at 8:15 a.m. Saturday followed by a driver autograph session at 11 a.m. and the start of the six-hour enduro at 2:30 p.m. that afternoon.

The most up-to-date weather forecast available at press time shows a 60 percent chance of a thunderstorm on Friday and a 30 percent chance of a few showers on Saturday, with highs both days around the low 70s and lows in the low 50s. Rain has played a role in past races at the Glen, so smart team owners like Kevin Doran will keep an eye on the skies as well as on the racetrack.

Although this year is Brix's first full season of Rolex Series competition, this won't be his first Six Hours of the Glen.

"It's a fantastic track, and I'm really looking forward to this weekend because long races seem to suit our team the best," he pointed out. "Kevin knows how to run hard for long periods of time; that's why he's always done so well at the Rolex 24.

"Terry and I really like driving at the Glen because it's a real racers' track," Brix added. "In particular, I really like the esses."

Live timing and scoring of the Rolex Series action is slated for the Internet at grandamerican.com. Doran Racing's Web site is at doranracing.com. Other interesting information can be found at fordracing.com, tborcheller.com, harrisonbrix.com and feedstheneedracing.com.

-dr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Jan Magnussen , Terry Borcheller , Al Holbert , Forest Barber , Kevin Doran , Harrison Brix
Teams Doran Racing