FTN/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 Will be Racing at the Glen Friday Night, Aug. 11; Team Set New Track Record There Last August LEBANON, Ohio, Aug. 2 - The NASCAR world is focused on Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the...
FTN/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 Will be Racing at the Glen Friday Night, Aug. 11; Team Set New Track Record There Last August
LEBANON, Ohio, Aug. 2 - The NASCAR world is focused on Sunday's Allstate 400 at the Brickyard at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, but the following week the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup stars will be joined by the Rolex Series' Daytona Prototype class as part of another big racing weekend at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Fans who leave the Midwest after Sunday's big race in Indy and travel approximately 516 miles east have the opportunity to see all the NASCAR NEXTEL Cup stars plus those of the Rolex Series' Daytona Prototype division later that week. The former series' big race at the Glen is Sunday, Aug. 13, but another very special event is on tap at the Glen that Friday night, Aug. 11 when the Rolex Series' top class, Daytona Prototype, is featured in the Crown Royal 200 at the Glen.
The 200-mile/82-lap/two-hour endurance sports car race will be held on Watkins Glen's 2.45-mile, 11-turn short course beginning at 6:30 p.m. local time on Friday night, Aug. 11. Prior to that there's a full day of practice and qualifying starting at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 for those who compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona each year instead of the Daytona 500.
One of the 26 Daytona Prototypes entered will carry the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System so it's sure to be the favorite of everyone who works at that company's Rochester, N.Y. headquarters. Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS decals are also found on the beautiful yellow-and-black Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 that will be driven by 2003 Daytona Prototype champion Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla. and top rookie Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif.
Last August the Lebanon, Ohio-based team won the pole for this race and set a new Daytona Prototype track record for the Glen's short course when Fabrizio Gollin was timed in 1:08.409 for an average speed of 128.930 miles per hour.
The car also led more laps than any other in the event before it finished tenth.
The Rolex Series race will be broadcast on a same-day, tape-delayed basis beginning at 9 p.m. Eastern that Friday night on SPEED.
Both Borcheller and Brix are looking forward to the race. "I like both courses at the Glen; the short course has a good flow to it," said Borcheller, who in addition to being a race car driver often serves as a lay minister for Motorsports Ministries. "Our car has done well there in the past, so hopefully we can do well there again in front of the NASCAR fans."
Brix likes the short course too. "It's a great high-speed track, and I think it's great to run in front of the NASCAR fans," he said. " They know who we are and what we're all about. It's great to run there; the Glen puts on such a great show for the fans."
When asked for a favorite memory of past visits to the famous road course, Brix's involved a restaurant on Franklin Street in downtown Watkins Glen.
"I know this is a little odd, but when I think of Watkins Glen I think of a restaurant called Mr. Chicken," he said. "In all my Skip Barber races at Watkins Glen I remember sitting in the car, waiting for the green flag, and hearing the announcer say, 'This race is brought to you by Mr. Chicken, where it's chicken, chicken, chicken all the time!'
"It made an impression on me," he added with a smile. "Hey, you gotta have fun with it, right?"
The Rolex Series will travel to Brix's home state of California later this month so Indy Racing League fans can see the Rolex Series at one of their venues again too. The Rolex Series will compete at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 26 before that Sunday's Indy Car race.
The Rolex Series' season finale is slated for a new track, Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, on Saturday, Sept. 2, with a nine-hour extravaganza.
For more information see doranracing.com, grandamerican.com, tborcheller.com, harrisonbrix.com and theglen.com. The series' Web site will have live timing and scoring.