Mid-Ohio: Memories led by new Daytona Prototypes

Daytona Prototypes lead charge of memories, speed at Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic DUBLIN, Ohio (June 23, 2003) -- Sports car racing fans in the 1980's and early 1990's used to crowd the fences at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio to...

Daytona Prototypes lead charge of memories, speed at Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic

DUBLIN, Ohio (June 23, 2003) -- Sports car racing fans in the 1980's and early 1990's used to crowd the fences at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio to watch full-bodied GTP coupes fight tooth and nail. Now those fans can witness the same exciting competition as the new Daytona Prototypes of the Rolex Sports Car Series take to the track during the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic, June 27-29.

Those same fans will remember Mid-Ohio's history of endurance racing, including running through the night during 24-hour races in the mid-1980's. During the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic, a taste of that experience will be renewed during round 7 of the Rolex Series' 12-race season, when the green flag waves at 6:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 28th for the 2-hour, 45-minute race extending into the early evening hours.

The new Daytona Prototypes are hand-built race machines with powerful engines from Porsche, Chevrolet, Toyota and BMW. Built to specifications developed to meet the demands of American racetracks, these sleek new cars are piloted by some of the best racecar drivers in North America.

These mid-engine rockets were designed with American race fans and teams in mind. With a goal of tight, competitive racing, the Daytona Prototypes have hit the mark and have already got the racing world buzzing with the door-banging, wheel-to-wheel racing already seen at earlier races this season.

Among the teams and drivers are legends in the sport of American road racing. Brumos Racing, which has entered two Daytona Prototypes in the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic, has a mantle full of championship and major event trophies. The team's #59 Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype is piloted by five-time Rolex 24 winner Hurley Haywood, Teamed with rookie J.C. France, grandson to NASCAR founder William H.G. France, the pair set the standard early in the year with a pair of wins and have the rest of the field scrambling to keep them in their sights.

First among the challengers is the other Brumos car, the #58 Red Bull Porsche Daytona Prototype driven by David Donohue, son of the legendary Mark Donohue, and former Formula 2000 and Sports 2000 champion Mike Borkowski. Borkowski knows the Mid-Ohio circuit as well as anyone, working as an instructor at The Mid-Ohio School, the official driving school of Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Combined with a win in the Rolex Series' past two events, the #59 Brumos Porsche has to be among the favorites at the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic.

Another leading contender in the class is the #54 Chevy-powered Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype of Bell Motorsports. This all-American powerhouse is driven by two drivers who know quite a bit about speed. Terry Borcheller is a two-time driver champion in the Rolex Series, while his co-driver and car owner Forest Barber is a former world champion and world record holder in offshore powerboat racing.

Other teams in the Daytona Prototype ranks are racing cars from FABCAR, Multimatic and Picchio with Toyota, Ford and BMW powerplants. With new teams being formed and other cars nearing completion, the early winners have no chance to rest on their laurels as the competition gets more and more fierce with every race.

The Daytona Prototypes are not the only cars competing in the Rolex Sports Car Race, however. Sports cars resembling their road-going cousins will compete in both the Grand Touring and Grand Touring Sport classes during the same event, competing for position in both the overall standing and their respective classes.

Also competing during the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic are a number of support series eager to add to the show. The Grand-Am Cup, the Rolex Sports Car Series' street stock cousins, will battle for stock supremacy during the weekend. The Formula Ford 2000 Zetec Championship doubleheader and the Fran-Am Sport 2000 double-header will give the weekend an open-wheel flavor. And making its debut at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is the Stock Car Championship Series, a purpose-built "stock car" series that competes solely on road courses.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Hurley Haywood , David Donohue , Mike Borkowski , Forest Barber