Gollin and Bobbi Finish Tenth In Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford In CompUSA 200 Friday Night at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 12 -- Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 led more laps than any other car...
Gollin and Bobbi Finish Tenth In Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford In CompUSA 200 Friday Night at the Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 12 -- Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 led more laps than any other car in Friday night's CompUSA 200 Rolex series race at Watkins Glen International -- 29 laps -- and co-drivers Fabrizio Gollin and Matteo Bobbi finished a solid 10th at the checkered.
After Gollin won the pole and set a new track record in qualifying on Thursday, he led the first 11 laps of Friday night's race, which was televised on a same-day, tape-delayed basis on SPEED. He was already lapping GT cars by lap four of what turned out to be a 75-lap, two-hour race.
Gollin slipped to third on lap 12 when both Michael McDowell and Jorg Bergmeister got by him as a full-course yellow waved for a Porsche into the wall in turn nine. The reason the Porsche had hit the wall was due to contact with McDowell, who was penalized for the incident. That moved Gollin back up to second place behind Bergmeister, with Luis Diaz in third.
The green waved again on lap 19 with Gollin about 1 second behind Bergmeister. The latter pitted under yellow on lap 20, giving the lead back to Gollin.
Things really heated up on the restart on lap 23, as Diaz threw everything he had at Gollin. The pair ran nose-to-tail at numerous spots on the Glen's short course for lap after lap. On lap 36 a third driver, Brian Frisselle, got into the fray too, as he got by Diaz for second place. On lap 37 he got by Gollin too, but the No. 77 was still looking like it was in line for its first victory of the season.
On lap 40 Tom Milner and Will Nonnamaker crashed in turn two, bringing out another full-course caution. Gollin was still second at the time, but the yellow came out in such a way that several competitors were able to dive into the pits before Gollin had the opportunity to make his way down pit road.
Although the pit stop and driver change went perfectly, the Rolex series has such close competition that Bobbi found himself out of the top 10 when the race resumed. He was 12th on lap 50 with just a half-hour remaining. Two other full-course cautions made it impossible for him to advance any further back up through the field than 10th place, which he got when he passed Burt Frisselle just five laps from the end.
Point leaders Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli won the race in the SunTrust No. 10.
The next race is on Saturday, Aug. 27 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, near Doran Racing's headquarters in Lebanon, Ohio.
The Rolex series will be back at the Glen on Sept. 22-24 when the series shares the card with the Indy Racing League Indy cars.
For more information, please see doranracing.com and crownroyal.com. The drivers' Web sites are at Matteobobbi.com and fabriziogollin.com.
Other interesting information can be found at grandamerican.com, theglen.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.
Driver quotes follow:
Fabrizio Gollin: "I played with the GT cars. It's very important to have space before you overtake them, and try to not let the car that is trying to pass you have an advantage when you're overtaking the slower cars.
"Our car wasn't bad. There was some oil on the track, and with the rain we had it is a little slippery. The track isn't consistent."
Matteo Bobbi: "I'm really disappointed. The car was good; it was just bad luck with the track position on the pit stop."