HOLLISTON, Mass. (October 14, 2003) -- Lista International Corporation Chairman Fredy Lienhard and President Don Brown were joined by Doran-Lista Racing team owner Kevin Doran and several Grand American and International Speedway Corporation ...
HOLLISTON, Mass. (October 14, 2003) -- Lista International Corporation Chairman Fredy Lienhard and President Don Brown were joined by Doran-Lista Racing team owner Kevin Doran and several Grand American and International Speedway Corporation executives as the team's Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype was showcased to Lista International employees and members of the media at a dedication ceremony for a new 41,000-square foot building addition at Lista's Holliston manufacturing facility.
With Lienhard's co-driver Didier Theys behind the wheel, employees and guests were given their first look at the car the team will field for the complete 2004 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series season. On hand to show their support were International Speedway Corporation CEO Jim France, Daytona International Speedway President Robin Braig, Watkins Glen International President Craig Rust and President Roger Edmondson and Director of Marketing Greg Otte from Grand American Road Racing.
"The Doran-Lista team has been a part of Grand American racing since the series started in 2000," Edmondson noted. "We are very happy that after running a limited schedule this year we will have Fredy Lienhard and Didier Theys back competing for the championship again in 2004.
"Through its first rate professionalism and thorough attention to detail, the Doran-Lista team has been an excellent ambassador for the people and products of Lista International. Grand American Road Racing is proud to be one of Lista's customers as our operations trailer is outfitted with Lista cabinets," he continued.
Doran-Lista Racing is second in the all-time win records with eight Rolex Series victories and was the winner of the 2002 Rolex 24 At Daytona. Theys won the 2002 Grand American Rolex Series driver's championship.
"This is a proud moment for the Rolex Series," France stated. "To have an internationally-respected veteran team like Doran-Lista Racing competing in the Rolex Sports Car Series for the North American Road Racing Championship is major news."
"Daytona International Speedway is fortunate to host three rounds in the Rolex Series, and I am extremely happy that we will have the Doran-Lista team to present to our fans next season," Braig added. "We've seen interest in the Rolex Series grow each year since it started, and the field we will have next year including this Doran-Lista team is going to be the best ever."
"I have to agree with everything Robin said," Rust concurred. "I know there was a lot of fan excitement this year when it was announced that Didier was coming back to drive here. He is such a legend in the sport."
The Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series is the premier road racing championship in North America with a 12-race schedule that includes races at Watkins Glen International in New York and Daytona International Speedway in Florida. The season opener is one of the world's most grueling tests of men and machines, the Rolex 24 At Daytona, which attracts an international field of cars and drivers each February.
For additional information about the Grand American Road Racing Association, visit www.grandamerican.com.