(July Elkhart Lake, WI (July 8, 2001) - What looked like another third place for Doran/Lista Racing turned into a huge celebration as Didier Theys drove the ...
(July Elkhart Lake, WI (July 8, 2001) - What looked like another third place for Doran/Lista Racing turned into a huge celebration as Didier Theys drove the #27 Ferrari Judd across the finish line for a repeat win at the Road America 500.
"That was such a good win!" Fredy said. "I am very happy that I am standing here celebrating another win with my team. Everyone worked so hard this weekend, we really deserve this."
The #27 Ferrari Judd saw first, second and third place throughout the race, but nearing the final laps, third place was where it was running, one lap down from the leader, #20 Dyson Racing. Elliot Forbes Robinson was behind that wheel and was turning very quick times. Didier got back in the car and luck came along for the ride. When it looked like third was it, a yellow flag was flown. Didier managed to drive in front of the pace car, enabling him to make up that lap. First place was now only 20 cars ahead; second place was only three cars ahead. Didier quickly passed the second place car, the #37 Intersport Racing Judd Lola with Oliver Gavin behind the wheel. They managed to do a little tango, and Didier was worried the front end might have sustained a little damage. Team Owner Kevin Doran checked the car as it passed the pits and told Didier to go for it. He did. His quick one-lap-at-a-time pursuit paid off. Ten seconds behind the leader turned into four, turned into three and suddenly Didier passed the leader and took Doran/Lista Racing to victory.
"Once we got the yellow I knew we could at least get second." Kevin said. "Didier's driving was remarkable. He started turning out really fast times and suddenly we had first place in sight. This race was awesome. We got lucky with the yellow, but Didier's times were unbelievable."
The race was tight, as the margin of victory was a mere 1.602. On lap five, Didier clocked his fastest lap of the race with a 1:58.379. Throughout the next 120 laps, no one surpassed his speed - he had the fastest lap of the race.
"That was unbelievable," Didier said. "That yellow very much helped us, that's for sure. Fortunately for me, Kevin was anticipating this and as soon as it came out, he yelled for me to go. I made it before the pace car came out. From there I was determined to use the luck to my advantage. I just drove the fastest I could through the traffic and soon I was back in the race. I tell you, this was a fun race to drive and I was fortunate to start and finish the race. To win it again with Fredy and Mauro is great. I cannot tell you how happy we are."
"Thanks to the tire and the setup, and of course Kevin's brilliant strategies, we win again," Mauro said. "It is not easy to win this race year after year. We did it because our car is very reliable and our team is very good. And today, Didier did a superb job driving."
"This Ferrari is not a young chassis. The main strength is that it is very reliable. The Judd engine is very efficient on fuel so we have added strength there. It is at an advantage for the long races. We can perform well on these long track," Mauro said. "That is why we can win again here. We struggle in short races but shine in the long ones."
Pole sitter, the #16 Dyson Racing Ford Riley & Scott experienced motor problems and dropped out early in the race.
This is the second victory for the Doran/Lista Racing team. The first win was the Six Hours at the Glen (Watkins Glen, New York). The next race is in Trois Rivieres, Canada with drivers Didier Theys and Ross Bentley, August 3-5.
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