Daytona 24: Doran Racing first qualifying report

Doran Racing Entries Qualify Seventh and Tenth For This Weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 3 - Jan Magnussen qualified the Doran Labonte Racing DORAN JE4 Pontiac ...

Doran Racing Entries Qualify Seventh and Tenth For This Weekend's Rolex 24 at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Feb. 3 - Jan Magnussen qualified the Doran Labonte Racing DORAN JE4 Pontiac #44 in seventh place and Fabrizio Gollin qualified the Doran Racing Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus #77 in tenth place Thursday at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for this weekend's Rolex 24.

The top 30 positions in the 64-car field were locked in Thursday, with the remaining spots to be filled tomorrow morning.

Both Magnussen and Gollin got right to business and set their fastest laps on their second passes around the 3.56-mile road course during the 15-minute qualifying session.

Magnussen's best of seven laps was clocked in 1:47.646 (119.057 mph). Gollin made five laps, with his best lap being a 1:48.022 (118.642 mph).

Scott Pruett won the pole with a 1:46.928 (119.856 mph).

Joining Magnussen in the #44 will be Indy Car star Bryan Herta and NASCAR NEXTEL Cup stars Bobby Labonte and Terry Labonte. The Labontes have been testing their NASCAR cars and will arrive here tomorrow. Gollin's co-drivers are Matteo Bobbi and Didier Theys.

In the first practice session this morning the #44 was second with a 1:49.059 (117.514 mph) and the #77 was 14th with a 1:51.400 (115.045 mph). In the second practice session the #44 was third with a 1:48.459 (118.164 mph) and the #77 was again 14th with a 1:49.739 (116.786 mph). A two-hour night practice session will be held later today from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m.

Fourteen and a half hours of the race will be televised live on SPEED starting at noon Saturday.

For more information, please see www.doranracing.com and www.crownroyal.com. Magnussen's Web site is at www.janmagnussen.com; Herta's is located at www.herta.com and Bobby Labonte's is at www.bobbylabonte.com. Gollin's is at www.fabriziogollin.com and Bobbi's is at www.matteobobbi.com.

Other interesting information can be found at www.grandamerican.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

Driver quotes follow:

Jan Magnussen: "We were hoping for better in qualifying. We improved quite a bit from the test; time-wise we're a lot closer.

"This morning we had a better position and it would have been nice to stay there for qualifying. But we have a good car for the race."

Bryan Herta: "I'm here for two big reasons. One, when I saw the entry list and it started to become a who's who of motorsports, I really wanted to be here and be a part of the race. Secondly, it's been a couple of years since I've done any road racing. Now that the IRL is going road racing, I really wanted to get some miles in on a road course again."

On the stellar field:

"It's incredible who's here. It's a big motivating factor to compete against the best. This weekend a lot of the best are right here in Daytona Beach, so I wanted to be here. In a 24-hour race a lot of things can happen, but hopefully our car will hold together and we'll be right there at the end."

Fabrizio Gollin: "We have a good car for the race, and Matteo and I are learning the way things are done here in the States. We need some time to u nderstand everything, but sooner or later we'll get there!"

Matteo Bobbi: "The car is better than last time [at the test]; the car is fine. We're just working on our set-up and trying to find more speed while still keeping our tire wear good."

Didier Theys: "When I was in this morning we had old tires, so the car was loose."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bobby Labonte , Terry Labonte , Fabrizio Gollin , Jan Magnussen , Didier Theys , Bryan Herta , Scott Pruett , Matteo Bobbi
Teams Doran Racing