Birmingham: Doran Racing preview

Bobbi and Gollin to Tackle Barber Motorsports Park July 29-31 In Crown Royal Special Reserve No. 77 LEBANON, Ohio, July 22 - Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin, drivers of Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 No. 77, will make...

Bobbi and Gollin to Tackle Barber Motorsports Park July 29-31 In Crown Royal Special Reserve No. 77

LEBANON, Ohio, July 22 - Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin, drivers of Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 No. 77, will make their first appearances at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. July 29-31 for the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant Rolex series race.

Although they'll have to learn the track, both Bobbi and Gollin are quick. The former FIA World GT champions both have qualified as high as second for other Rolex series events held this year. Their goal is definitely a podium finish or better, but they'll have their work cut out for them as there is an impressive field of 20 Daytona Prototypes and 28 GT cars entered in the race, and passing is always challenging on Barber Motorsports Park's beautiful but narrow 2.3-mile road course.

Their unique gold-colored car, which many people think is the most attractive race car in the field, will have a different engine installed in it for this race. The team recently decided to switch to the Roush-Yates Ford 5.0-liter, four-valve engine for the remainder of the season.

Doran Racing is always a contender. Last year the team finished fifth in this race, held on a rainy day in October, with Didier Theys and Andrea Montermini driving.

A test day is slated for Thursday, July 28 before the official weekend schedule gets underway on Friday, July 29. The Daytona Prototypes can practice from 9:40 a.m. until 11:10 a.m. and 1:45 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. that day. Another hour of practice is scheduled to start at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 30, and then an autograph session will be held at 11:30 a.m. The DPs will qualify in a 15-minute session at 1:15 p.m. that day. Gollin and Bobbi alternate on who drives the car for qualifying, and it'll be Bobbi's turn this time.

A 15-minute warm-up is slated for 9:40 a.m. on race day, Sunday, July 31, and then the 250-mile/109-lap/two-hour-and-45-minute race is scheduled to start at noon.

The race is scheduled to be televised on SPEED beginning at 1 p.m. ET that day.

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, barbermotorsports.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.

-dr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Didier Theys , Matteo Bobbi , Andrea Montermini
Teams Doran Racing