Watkins Glen III: Doran Racing preview

Crown Royal Special Reserve Drivers Bobbi and Gollin Are Looking Forward to Returning To the Glen for Crown Royal 250 LEBANON, Ohio, Sept. 19 - Italians Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin have had the added challenge of not being familiar with the...

Crown Royal Special Reserve Drivers Bobbi and Gollin Are Looking Forward to Returning To the Glen for Crown Royal 250

LEBANON, Ohio, Sept. 19 - Italians Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin have had the added challenge of not being familiar with the tracks they've been competing on this year as rookies in the Rolex series. One of the rare exceptions is Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y., which will host its third Rolex series event of the year this weekend.

Although Bobbi and Gollin first saw that track when they raced there in June, they put Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 on the pole for the second race there this year in August, setting a new track record to boot. They'd like to duplicate that effort - and improve even more by getting on the podium - when the series makes its third visit to the track this year for the Crown Royal 250 at the Glen this Saturday.

Gollin was driving the Crown Royal Special Reserve car for that pole-winning and record-setting lap, which occurred on the short course during the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend. Fans who attended the street festival in Corning, N.Y. last Saturday had the chance to meet Gollin and talk to him about that run.

The pair alternates on who qualifies. It'll be Bobbi's turn this time, and he'd love to get on the pole too when he qualifies the car for the Crown Royal 250 on the Glen's 3.4-mile long course at 4:40 p.m. on Friday. The 250-mile, 74-lap, two-hour-and-45-minute race will follow at 3 p.m. Saturday before the inaugural Watkins Glen Indy Grand Prix presented by Argent Mortgage Indy Racing League IndyCar event on Sunday.

Prior to the qualifying session the Daytona Prototypes will practice from 3:30 p.m. until 5 p.m. on Thursday, and again from 9 a.m. until 9:45 a.m. and 1 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. on Friday.

On race day, Saturday, there is a half-hour of practice at 8:45 a.m. before the race that afternoon. The Rolex series race will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. ET Saturday on SPEED.

The Crown Royal Special Reserve team will have an honorary member at this race: Joseph Butcher of Seattle, Wash. He won that distinction at a charity auction to benefit the Boys' and Girls' Clubs of King County near Seattle last year, and chose this event as the race he wanted to attend most. The auction item was donated in a cooperative effort between one of Doran Racing's sponsors, Lista, the world-wide leader in modular storage units; Sherron Associates, and the team. As part of his package Butcher also received the driving uniform that Fredy Lienhard wore when he won the 2002 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in the Doran-Lista Racing Dallara.

The charity auction raises money annually to benefit over 19,000 youth at 12 clubs, creating positive places for them to learn and play.

After the Glen only two more races will remain in 2005 for the Rolex series: Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. Oct. 7-9 and Autodromo Hermanos Rodriguez in Mexico City, Mexico on Nov. 5.

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.

-dr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Fredy Lienhard , Matteo Bobbi
Teams Doran Racing