Mont-Tremblant: Doran-Lista Friday report

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Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Toyota #27 third-fastest Friday at Mont-Tremblant

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada, Sept. 19 - Although it focused on the race set-up for the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Toyota #27 rather than the qualifying set-up, Doran-Lista Racing still recorded the third-fastest lap of the day during practice at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant Friday.

Qualifying for the Daytona Prototype class will be held tomorrow at 12:45 p.m.

The Six Hours of Mont-Tremblant Grand Am Rolex Series race is slated to begin at 11 a.m. Sunday and will be televised live on the SPEED Channel from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. (Eastern times).

Friday was the first official practice day here. A promoter's test day was held Thursday, however.

Lead driver Didier Theys of Scottsdale, Ariz. was behind the wheel of the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Toyota when it ran its fastest lap Friday. He was clocked in 1:34.138 (101.341 mph) on his 17th lap around the 2.65-mile, 15-turn road course during the one-hour afternoon practice session.

Although it sprinkled in the morning and the wind was quite stiff all day, the remnants of Hurricane Isabel did not really affect Friday's on-track action.

Theys is joined here this weekend by co-drivers Fredy Lienhard Sr. of Niederteufen, Switzerland , who got his first taste of driving a Daytona Prototype on Thursday, and Bill Auberlen of Hermosa Beach, Calif. The team, which is based in Lebanon, Ohio, won this race last year in a Dallara. This event is only this particular car's second race ever, although it finished third in its maiden event at Watkins Glen, N.Y. last month with Theys and Auberlen driving.

Another DORAN JE4, the Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4 Chevrolet #54, has won the last three Grand Am Rolex Series races this year. It was second-fastest Friday with a 1:33.663 (101.855 mph) to the Brumos Fabcar Porsche's 1:31.739 (103.991 mph).

The DORAN JE4 chassis is currently second in the Daytona Prototype manuf acturer standings, only 17 points behind Fabcar, 300 to 283.

Theys will forever hold the Sports Racing Prototype qualifying lap record here, as he won the pole here last year in a Dallara. The team went on to win last year's race with the largest margin of victory in series history.

Selected quotes gathered on Friday follow.

Didier Theys: "Today was my first real laps here in this car; yesterday I didn't drive much. Today we ran the same tires as we ran yesterday, and we still have a little understeer. That could be mostly due to not putting on fresh tires though. It's a six-hour race, and we've been concentrating on our chassis set-up with half-used tires. We're working to make the balance ever better."

Bill Auberlen: "I didn't have many laps today, but yesterday the car was quite good. The team has made a lot of headway with their wind-tunnel tests. The car is so much more driveable than it was at the Glen, and we got third there. It's even better now."

Fredy Lienhard Sr.: "I liked it even more than I thought I would. The car is very good. I was two seconds slower than Didier, but considering that I haven't run a race since Sebring and this is my first race in a Daytona Prototype, that is quite good.

"The heat [of a closed-cockpit car] didn't affect me either. I did not use any of the measures we have to keep cool to see how it would be for me, and I was fine."

Kevin Doran: "Things are going O.K. The Red Bull car put in a lap in that last session that was quicker than what I thought the pole would be, so that surprised me. But our car is pretty good. We'll have a shot at the pole too, I think, when that time comes.

"Toyota has done a fair amount of work on the engine mapping since Watkins Glen, and the engine is much more responsive. There definitely has been a noticeable improvement there since the Glen. The drivers noticed that and are happy about it."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Didier Theys , Fredy Lienhard , Bill Auberlen , Kevin Doran