Mid-Ohio: Doran Racing preview

Doran Racing Looks Forward to Saturday Night Action at Home Track LEBANON, Ohio, June 20 - Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic Rolex Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio will be a homecoming of sorts for most of the members...

Doran Racing Looks Forward to Saturday Night Action at Home Track

LEBANON, Ohio, June 20 - Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic Rolex Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio will be a homecoming of sorts for most of the members of Doran Racing, which is based in the Cincinnati suburb of Lebanon, Ohio, approximately 130 miles away.

Doran Enterprises companies built (Doran Designs) and field (Doran Racing) one of the most popular cars on the circuit, the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 Daytona Prototype. The yellow and black car, which carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS, is driven by Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla. and Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif.

Besides the facts that the car was built in Ohio; the team owner, Kevin Doran, is an Ohio native and still lives here; the car is located at the team headquarters in Ohio when it isn't on the road or at another event; and the majority of the pit crew members live in Ohio, there are other close ties between the entry and the 2.258-mile, 15-turn road course too.

Borcheller, the 2003 Daytona Prototype driver champion, and Feeds the Need's Forest Barber won this race in 2003 in a DORAN JE4 built by Doran Designs and fielded by Bell Motorsports. (Borcheller will be coming to Mid-Ohio after finishing 11th overall and sixth in the GT1 class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans last weekend while driving a Saleen for ACEMCO Motorsports.)

Although Brix is in his first full season of Rolex Series competition, Mid-Ohio was the site of his first Rolex Series race ever, which was the 2004 EMCO Gears Classic. He finished fifth in the SGS class in the Grease Monkey Racing Porsche GT3 Cup car that year.

Brix says it was unnerving when four Daytona Prototypes bore down on his Porsche for the first time that day.

"After I got over my initial terror, I thought, 'I have to drive one of those,'" Brix recalls, and now, two years later, he'll be doing that at Mid-Ohio this weekend.

The team goes into the event 12th in the Daytona Prototype team standings. It finished eighth in the last race, the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on June 3.

The Mid-Ohio action starts with a test day on Thursday from 8 a.m. until 6 p.m., which is when most of the Rolex Series drivers will get their first chance to try out the track since it's been repaved. The Kodak car's first official practice session during the race weekend starts at 10 a.m. on Friday, with the 15-minute qualifying session at 4:55 p.m. that afternoon.

On race day, which is Saturday for the Rolex Series this time, there is a practice session at 10:10 a.m. and an autograph session at noon before the race starts at 5:30 p.m. The distance is 250 miles/111 laps or two hours and 45 minutes.

The race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis at 3 p.m. Eastern time the following day, Sunday, June 25, on SPEED.

-dr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber , Harrison Brix
Teams Doran Racing