Doran Racing Participates in Rolex 24 Testing Saturday at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 8 - All seven drivers testing Doran Racing mounts at Daytona International Speedway Saturday said that they were feeling more comfortable as testing ...
Doran Racing Participates in Rolex 24 Testing Saturday at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., Jan. 8 - All seven drivers testing Doran Racing mounts at Daytona International Speedway Saturday said that they were feeling more comfortable as testing continued at Daytona International Speedway in preparation for the Rolex 24 Feb. 5-6.
Saturday's practice sessions were delayed three hours due to track maintenance. When they finally got underway after lunch, the Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Pontiac #44 of Jan Magnussen, Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte and Bryan Herta recorded the eighth-fastest time of the session. Its fastest lap in that segment was clocked in 1:49.168/117.397.
The Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Lexus #77 of Didier Theys, Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin was 19th in that session with a 1:51.663/114.774 mph. A Ferrari moved over on Theys during that session in a turn and he couldn't avoid it, so there was some minor damage to the #77. The team soldiered on without too much of a delay, however.
In the second and final session of the day the #77 was 15th fastest with a 1:49.935/116.578 mph and the #44 was 21st with a 1:51.448/114.995 mph.
It's important to remember that these are testing sessions, and practice result sheets don't convey how much work is actually getting done as the teams prepare for their most grueling race of the year. Traction control, Hoosier tire wear and improving the cars' balance seemed to be the important topics Saturday in the pits.
The #44 turned approximately 90 laps Saturday, with all four drivers participating in the daylight session and Herta and both Labontes also getting some laps in at night.
The #77 recorded approximately 33 laps Saturday, with all three drivers recording laps.
Testing will continue Sunday from 10:15 a.m. until noon and from 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.
For more information see www.doranracing.com and www.grandamerican.com. Other interesting information can be found at www.lista.com, www.listaintl.com, www.janmagnussen.com, www.matteobobbi.com, www.fabriziogollin.com; www. bobbylabonte.com, www.herta.com and www.restartcommunications.com.