Birmingham: Doran-Lista Racing Friday report

Doran-Lista Seventh in Practice at Barber Motorsports Park Friday BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 8 - Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Andrea Montermini of Modena, Italy got their first look at Barber Motorsports Park Thursday. Friday the pair ...

Doran-Lista Seventh in Practice at Barber Motorsports Park Friday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 8 - Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz. and Andrea Montermini of Modena, Italy got their first look at Barber Motorsports Park Thursday. Friday the pair recorded the seventh-fastest time in both the first and second official practice sessions for Sunday's Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant Rolex series race with the car they'll share for that event, the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27.

The Lebanon, Ohio-based team's best time in the first practice session Friday was a 1:21.320 (101.820 mph average). Its best time in Friday afternoon's session was a 1:22.024 (100.946 mph).

Both sessions were held under overcast but dry conditions. Rain is predicted Sunday.

Qualifying for the Daytona Prototype class is scheduled for Saturday at 1:15 p.m. Eastern time.

Sunday's 250-mile, 109-lap, two-hour-and-45-minute race is scheduled to get the green flag at noon. It will be broadcast live on SPEED beginning at 1 p.m. Eastern time.

Quotes follow:

Didier Theys: "We're working on the chassis to make the car the best as we possibly can for Sunday. The overall layout of this track is very good. It reminds me of European tracks. The track was designed for motorcycles or smaller cars than ours, so passing is going to be difficult. That will be the same for everyone, but I think there will be a lot of door-to-door racing between the Daytona Prototypes and the GT cars. The key will be to keep our nose clean and try to have a good finish."

Andrea Montermini: "It's a very nice track. It's not high speed, but it's very technical. There are a couple of hairpins and the up and down hills make driving very nice. The handling of the car and the brakes are very important here. If you have enough downforce and brakes, then you're not driving too much on the edge. It's easy to lock the brakes here though if your set-up isn't right."

For more information see www.lista.com, www.listaintl.com, www.doranracing.com, www.grandamerican.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Didier Theys , Andrea Montermini