Daytona Finale: Doran-Lista race report

DORAN JE4s finish one-two Saturday in Grand American Champions Weekend at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 1 - Although Doran-Lista Racing team owner Kevin Doran admitted he would have liked the order to be reversed, he was delighted when the...

DORAN JE4s finish one-two Saturday in Grand American Champions Weekend at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Nov. 1 - Although Doran-Lista Racing team owner Kevin Doran admitted he would have liked the order to be reversed, he was delighted when the DORAN JE4s he designed and built finished first and second Saturday in the Grand American Champions Weekend at Daytona International Speedway.

With their overall victory the Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4 Chevy #54 of Forest Barber and Terry Borcheller won the two-hour-and-45-minute race by a margin of 13.998 seconds over the Doran-Lista Racing DORAN JE4 Toyota #27 of Didier Theys and Bill Auberlen. The victory was just icing on Bell Motorsports' cake, because they also sealed up the Daytona Prototype team championship and Borcheller won the Daytona Prototype driver championship.

The Doran-Lista team, which was making only its fourth start with its DORAN JE4 Toyota, was the star of the show for the first two-thirds of the race. Auberlen was able to pull away from the field easily and looked uncatchable.

Fuel mileage came into play as the race progressed, however. Although the Doran-Lista team made all three of its pit stops under full-course yellows, the team waited until there was just one lap to go until the green waved on its third stop in order to have enough fuel to go the rest of the distance. That shuffled Theys back to seventh, but somehow the Scottsdale, Ariz.-based driver was able to record one of his famous charges at the end to nail down second with just one lap to go when Stu Hayner ran out of fuel in his Mustang.

David Donohue provided the most trouble for Theys in the last stage of the race, providing for some thrilling videotape. "I caught David and he tired to hit me, so I paid him back," Theys said afterwards. "If you want to start something, then O.K., I'll continue it," he warned firmly.

Auberlen had an incident with JC France in the morning warm-up that caused right-side suspension damage to the car, but he had a much easier race than Theys did.

"When I was in the car, it was better than it had been all weekend," Auberlen, of Hermosa Beach, Calif., said. "I could just walk away from everybody. The balance was good, the power was good and the Goodyear tires were good."

"It was a fantastic season for the Bell Motorsports team, and I want to congratulate everybody on that team and especially Jim Bell, Forest Barber and Terry Borcheller," Doran said. "They won six races and the championship and they all did a great job, and they certainly made me proud.

"As for our team, we were good early but we just weren't quick enough today to beat Terry and Forest," Doran added.

"Our Goodyear tires were fantastic like they always are. We have the best tires, the best car, a fantastic engine partner in Toyota and look at that driver line-up. I expect we'll get back to victory lane here pretty quick," he added.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Terry Borcheller , David Donohue , JC France , Forest Barber , Stu Hayner