LEBANON, Ohio, Oct. 11 - Even though the 2002 racing season is drawing to a close, Doran Enterprises' state-of-the-art headquarters here is a flurry of activity as production continues on the first DORAN JE 4s, the company's new prototype for the...
LEBANON, Ohio, Oct. 11 - Even though the 2002 racing season is drawing to a close, Doran Enterprises' state-of-the-art headquarters here is a flurry of activity as production continues on the first DORAN JE 4s, the company's new prototype for the 2003 Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Series.
The company is building three DORAN JE 4s, and two are already sold. Oliver Kuttner of Charlottesville, Va., bought the first one, which will be powered by a Toyota (TRD) engine. Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas purchased the second car, which will be powered by a Chevrolet engine.
"Taking an optimistic view, we're looking to test in early December," said Kevin Doran, the company's president. "We plan to have Forest's car at the Rolex 24 in 2003.
"We think we'll sell the third one pretty quickly too," Doran added. "We're speaking with several people about it."
Although installing different engines in a chassis can be a problem, Doran added that it's not an issue with this car. "It's a fairly simple conversion in these cars," he said.
The DORAN JE 4 will showcase the more than 20 years of expertise, immaculate preparation and ingenuity which has made Doran Enterprises and 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 five poles and four races to date with one event remaining on the 2002 schedule.
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-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.