Doran Enterprises to build Daytona Prototype

Doran Enterprises to build and market a Daytona Prototype, the DORAN JE 4 LEBANON, Ohio, May 1 The Grand American Road Racing Association's brand-new premier class for the 2003 Rolex Sports Car Series, the Daytona Prototype, got a huge boost ...

Doran Enterprises to build and market a Daytona Prototype, the DORAN JE 4

LEBANON, Ohio, May 1 The Grand American Road Racing Association's brand-new premier class for the 2003 Rolex Sports Car Series, the Daytona Prototype, got a huge boost today with the announcement that the company currently dominating the series, Doran Enterprises, has designed a Daytona Prototype race car which it will build and sell prior to the class's debut at the 2003 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona next February.

Doran Enterprises' chassis design for the new car, called the DORAN JE 4, was formally approved by the Daytona Beach, Fla.-based sanctioning body Tuesday. Doran Enterprises plans to begin production immediately from its state-of-the-art headquarters in Lebanon, Ohio.

The DORAN JE 4 will showcase the more than 20 years of expertise, immaculate preparation and ingenuity which has made Doran Enterprises and its president, Kevin Doran, one of the top teams and team managers in all forms of motorsports. The team has dominated the Rolex series so far this year, winning the pole and the race in the first three events in 2002 and finishing second in the fourth one. It currently has a 20-point lead over its closest rival in the point standings.

Those kinds of results are impossible to achieve without experience, attention to detail and thorough preparation, which are qualities for which Doran Enterprises is world-famous.

"Besides the experience and the winning record that we bring to the project, a big selling point of our Daytona Prototype program is that this car is going to be turn-key and ready to go," Doran said. "A lot of companies say that, but then the car arrives in crates and there is still a lot of work to be done and a lot that can go wrong. The DORAN JE 4 is going to be complete, painted and track-tested before we turn it over to the buyer. The DORAN JE 4 will not only be ready to run, it will be ready to win."

Joining Kevin Doran in the design and construction of the new car are Jeff Graves and Ron Mathis. Both have long histories in the engineering and construction of winning sports cars.

The new car carries the initials J. E. in honor of Doran's father, who set his path in racing. To date all DORAN JE series cars have won national championships.

Doran plans to test the first DORAN JE 4 in October. He hopes to have three Daytona Prototype cars ready for next year's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona. Doran-Lista Racing took the checkered at this year's Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona Feb. 2-3 with a six-lap advantage over the team that finished second.

The price of the car was not announced, pending the choice of engine manufacturer.

Additional information about Doran Racing and ordering information may be obtained by calling (513) 336-0819; e-mailing admin@doranracing.com or by visiting the company's Web site at www.doranracing.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Kevin Doran
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