Crown Royal Special Reserve Drivers Bobbi and Gollin to Defend Doran Racing's Victory At Watkins Glen in Rare Friday Night Race LEBANON, Ohio, Aug. 9 - Doran Racing returns to Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. this week as the ...
Crown Royal Special Reserve Drivers Bobbi and Gollin to Defend Doran Racing's Victory At Watkins Glen in Rare Friday Night Race
LEBANON, Ohio, Aug. 9 - Doran Racing returns to Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. this week as the defending winners of this particular Rolex series race, as Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen drove the team's entry to victory in the rain in this event at the Glen just one year ago.
This year the team's full-season drivers are two young Italian champions, Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin. They've had the added challenge of learning new circuits and an entirely different culture this year as they compete in Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 on the Rolex circuit. Although both are enjoying the experience, they're also glad that the next race is at a track they've driven at before, as the series is making its second of three visits to Watkins Glen this year for Friday's CompUSA 200.
Friday's 200-mile/82-lap/two-hour race is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Eastern time prior to Sunday's SIRIUS Satellite Radio at The Glen NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race. The Rolex race will be televised on a same-day, tape-delayed basis at 10 p.m. ET Friday night on SPEED.
This race will be held on the track's 2.45-mile short course instead of its 3.44-mile long course this time, but at least Bobbi and Gollin have a good idea of what to expect since they raced on the long course in June.
"It'll be the short course, but we know the place; some of the corners are the same," Gollin said. "We have a different engine now than we had here in June. We must work to find a good set-up with this combination. In the spring we learned the track; now we will learn the car with this new engine. Hopefully we will do better this time because we know the track now."
Bobbi puts less weight on the issue of track familiarity. "We've both won races on tracks we were racing at for the first time before, so I think the car is more important, and we have a good package," he said. "Watkins Glen is a really nice circuit. It's a lot like European tracks, and we both like it a lot."
Practice gets underway with a one-hour session at 11 a.m. on Thursday followed by another hour of practice at 2 p.m. The Daytona Prototype class will qualify at 3:45 p.m. Only one more hour of practice before the race is scheduled; that practice session will start at 7 p.m.
The schedule shows an autograph session on Friday at 2:30 p.m. before the race starts at 6 p.m., right after NASCAR Busch series and NEXTEL Cup practice.
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.
Other interesting information can be found at grandamerican.com, theglen.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.
The Rolex series' third race of the year at the Glen will be on the long course when the series shares the card with the Indy Racing League for an action-packed weekend Sept. 22-25.