Mont-Tremblant: Doran Racing preview

Bobbi and Gollin Want Podium Finish in Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus No. 77 at Mont-Tremblant LEBANON, Ohio, May 13 -- Doran Racing has always been a force to reckon with in Rolex series races at Le Circuit ...

Bobbi and Gollin Want Podium Finish in Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus No. 77 at Mont-Tremblant

LEBANON, Ohio, May 13 -- Doran Racing has always been a force to reckon with in Rolex series races at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, so hopes are high for a stellar finish for the team's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus No. 77 when the series visits the picturesque track in Mont-Tremblant, Quebec for a six-hour race there on Saturday, May 21.

In the three previous Rolex series races at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant Doran Racing has one victory, one second place and one DNF. The team finished second there last year with Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen behind the wheel. What's more, two-thirds of the overall podium finishers in last year's race were in DORAN JE4s created and built by Doran Designs.

The Lebanon, Ohio-based team has never qualified worse than fourth at Mont-Tremblant and it has one pole and one second-place start there. It also holds the series' race record for the circuit, completing 556.5 miles in six hours enroute to victory in 2002.

Doran Racing's drivers for this year's race, series rookies Fabrizio Gollin and Matteo Bobbi, hope the team's outstanding record will bode well for them as they make their first visit to the 2.65-mile, 15-turn circuit in this very competitive series next weekend.

In the first four Rolex series races this year both young Italians have qualified as high as second. They finished fifth in the series' toughest race, the 24 Hours of Daytona. They've been fast at all the venues but they've also run into trouble during the last three races, so their finishing positions in those events aren't a true reflection of their potential.

Insiders know it's only a matter of time before everything comes together for the young duo and they achieve a podium finish. And, with the team's excellent record at Mont-Tremblant, insiders also say the odds are very good that it'll happen sooner rather than later.

The Daytona Prototypes are on the track first when practice opens at noon on Thursday, May 19. Additional test sessions are slated from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. that day.

On Friday, May 20 the Crown Royal Special Reserve car should be on the track from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. before Gollin qualifies at 3:15 p.m.

On race day, Saturday, May 21, there is a 15-minute warm-up session at 9:30 a.m. before the race starts at 11 a.m. It will be televised live on SPEED from 11 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Eastern time.

For more information please see www.doranracing.com and www.crownroyal.com. Bobbi's Web site is at www.matteobobbi.com and Gollin's is at www.fabriziogollin.com. Other interesting information can be found at www.grandamerican.com, www.lecircuit.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Jan Magnussen , Didier Theys , Matteo Bobbi
Teams Doran Racing