Mid-Ohio: Doran Racing qualifying report

Doran Racing to Start 21st Saturday Night at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 23 - Doran Racing's Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif. qualified 21st Friday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic presented by ...

Doran Racing to Start 21st Saturday Night at Mid-Ohio

LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 23 - Doran Racing's Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif. qualified 21st Friday afternoon at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for Saturday's EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank.

Brix's Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 will start on the inside of Row 11 beside Milka Duno's CITGO No. 11 in the race, which will be broadcast Sunday at 3 p.m. on SPEED.

Brix, who will start the 250-mile race and then hand the car off to lead driver Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla., recorded his fastest lap on the fifth of nine laps he turned in the 15-minute qualifying session. His car, which carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS, qualified with a time of 1:24.698 and an average speed of 95.974 miles per hour for the 2.258-mile, 15-turn road course.

At first it looked like Colin Braun had become the youngest polesitter in Rolex Series history, but his car and two others that qualified right behind it (the CompuUSA No. 01 of Luis Diaz and the Lowe's No. 12 of Mario Haberfeld) failed to pass the post-qualifying technical inspection. Those three cars were sent to the rear, giving the pole to the Ruby Tuesday No. 23 of Patrick Long with a 1:20.625 (100.822 mph).

The Feeds the Need/Doran Racing team was third-fastest in the first practice session Friday morning on a wet track and 17th in the second practice session Friday afternoon, held on a bit drier but still wet track that has been repaved since the series' last visit here. The track was dry but very green for quals due to all the rain.

At least the weather was much better than it was for the test day on Thursday, when violent thunderstorms damaged several tents at the facility.

"I'm glad there were no serious injuries to the Grand Am contingent yesterday during the storm," Brix noted for everyone on the team.

"The repaving of the track has eliminated one big variable: the concrete patches," he pointed out.

"We didn't qualify as well as we hoped, but hopefully things will go better in the race tomorrow," he concluded.

There is a practice session at 10:10 a.m. and an autograph session at noon tomorrow before the race starts at 5:30 p.m. The distance is 250 miles/111 laps or two hours and 45 minutes.

For more information see doranracing.com, grandamerican.com, midohio.com, tborcheller.com and harrisonbrix.com. The series' Web site will have live timing and scoring.

-dr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Milka Duno , Mario Haberfeld , Colin Braun , Luis Diaz , Terry Borcheller , Patrick Long , Harrison Brix
Teams Doran Racing