LEBANON, Ohio, Oct. 11 - Although Doran Enterprises is busy producing three new Daytona Prototype cars for the 2003 Grand American Road Racing Rolex Series, Doran-Lista Racing announced today that the team plans to compete in the American Le Mans...
LEBANON, Ohio, Oct. 11 - Although Doran Enterprises is busy producing three new Daytona Prototype cars for the 2003 Grand American Road Racing Rolex Series, Doran-Lista Racing announced today that the team plans to compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS) in 2003 with its Dallara-Judd #27 instead of the Grand Am Rolex Series.
The team has led the 2002 point standings in the Grand Am Rolex Series' premier class, Sports Racing Prototype (SRP), all year. It won the series' premier event and the most prestigious sports car endurance race in North America, the Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona, in February.
The team's core group of drivers will remain Didier Theys, who has led the SRP driver point standings all year; veteran Fredy Lienhard Sr. and the latter's son, hot rookie Fredy Lienhard Jr. Theys, a native of Belgium, resi des in Scottsdale, Ariz.; Lienhard Sr. lives in Erlen, Switzerland; and Lienhard Jr. is a student at Santa Barbara Community College in Santa Barbara, Calif. The team is headquartered in Lebanon, Ohio, a suburb of Cincinnati.
The Grand Am Rolex Series champions of 2002 will be determined Nov. 10 in the series' season finale at Daytona International Speedway. If the team and Theys don't win their respective championships that day, neither will finish worse than second.
"Although we have enjoyed competing in the Grand Am Rolex Series and we'll continue to be involved as a car constructor with the DORAN JE4, we plan to compete in the ALMS next year to fulfill our multi-year agreement with Lista to run our Dallara," explained Kevin Doran, team manager. "After next month our Dallara is no longer eligible to compete in Grand Am due to the new rules being instituted for that series, but we look forward to campaigning it in the ALMS next season."
The team's primary sponsor, Lista, is the world-wide leader in modular storage systems.