Doran Racing Finishes 13th Saturday Night at Mid-Ohio LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 24 - The Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 ended up 13th in the EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank Saturday night at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course...
Doran Racing Finishes 13th Saturday Night at Mid-Ohio
LEXINGTON, Ohio, June 24 - The Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 ended up 13th in the EMCO Gears Classic presented by KeyBank Saturday night at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after starting 21st.
Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif. drove the first stint in the car, which carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS. He suffered a flat right-rear tire on lap 35 of the 99-lap race after room ran out in turn one while he and another Daytona Prototype driver, Charles Morgan, were trying to pass a GT car. Although Brix said the hit was a hard one, luckily there was no suspension or bodywork damage and after a fast pit stop by the Doran Racing pit crew he was on his way again, although the entry did lose two laps due to the contact.
It made up one of those laps later, and continued to make its way steadily up the standings. Everyone involved was very pleased when lead driver Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla. was able to run faster than the leaders in the late stages of the event and stay well ahead of the other car on its lap, the Krohn Racing No. 75 of Nic Jonsson. The Rocketsports Racing No. 60 slipped back at the end too to further advance the Kodak car at the checkered.
Brix pitted under the first yellow on lap 11 for fuel only and ran most of the first part of his stint in 22nd, 21st and 20th place. He was in 20th when the incident and flat tire occurred, and pitted on lap 37 for fresh tires and fuel.
The team made up one lap just past the one-hour, 10-minute mark of the two-hour and 45-minute race, and by lap 43 Brix was up to 19th.
He was 18th when he pitted on lap 49 under yellow for four sticker Hoosier tires, fuel and for Borcheller to take over, and the car went the rest of the way without another pit stop. Borcheller started his stint in 19th place and he ran in that spot until lap 76, when he advanced to 18th. He had a good battle with Burt Frisselle and Jonsson in the late stages of the race, and after several cars ahead of him crashed on lap 85 he vaulted to 16th. Subsequent pit stops by other drivers ahead of him put him into 14th spot with 15 minutes left, and he advanced one more position at the end.
The race ended under yellow due to a violent flip by Joey Hand, who was driving the BMW that was leading the GT class. Hand's car was hit from behind and flipped multiple times, ending up on its roof. Hand never lost consciousness and he was transported to a local hospital where he was undergoing X-rays at press time.
The race will be broadcast tomorrow at 3 p.m. Eastern on SPEED.
The Lowe's Fernandez Racing No. 12 of Mario Haberfeld and Adrian Fernandez won.
The next Rolex Series race is coming right up on Thursday night at Daytona International Raceway in Daytona Beach, Fla., sandwiched between NASCAR NEXTEL Cup practice and an IROC race.
For more information see doranracing.com, grandamerican.com, midohio.com, tborcheller.com and harrisonbrix.com.
Driver quotes follow:
Terry Borcheller: "We finished, and we had no body damage.
"The setting sun was a big problem.
"My stint was relatively uneventful. A lot of stuff happened around me, but nothing really happened to me. We just ran hard and tried not to hinder the guys that were fighting for position ahead of us. It was unfortunate that Harrison got hit, but we just tried to make up as much ground as we could."
Harrison Brix: "It was a good step in the right direction. Five out of the last 10 laps, Terry was the fastest driver on the race track. As soon as the temperatures came down he got more front grip.
"We got fantastic fuel mileage; we're extremely happy with our Ford motors.
"One of the Morgans hit me but there was a GT car involved too. I think it was a blue BMW. The GT car didn't back out when he should have and we ran three-wide into turn one. The GT car didn't give the DP cars enough room, which caused us to make contact. We got a flat tire, but luckily there was no suspension or body damage."