Montermini joins Theys at VIR, Barber events

Montermini to Co-Drive with Theys at VIR, Barber in Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus ...

Montermini to Co-Drive with Theys at VIR, Barber in Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27

LEBANON, Ohio, Sept. 24 - Doran-Lista Racing, which recorded a very popular victory in the Sahlen's 200 at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. on Aug. 13, announced its drivers' line-up today for the remaining three Grand American Rolex series races of 2004.

Team owner Kevin Doran said former Formula 1 driver Andrea Montermini will join lead driver Didier Theys behind the wheel of the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27 at Virginia International Raceway in Alton, Va. Oct. 1-3 and at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. on Oct. 8-10.

Another ex-F1 driver, Jan Magnussen, is scheduled to co-drive with Theys at the season finale at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif. Oct. 28-31. Magnussen and Theys were the drivers for the team's recent victory at the Glen.

Montermini, a 40-year-old Italian from Modena, Italy and Monte Carlo, Monaco, had 28 Formula 1 starts from 1994 through 1996. His best F1 finish was an eighth in Germany in 1994. He has driven in the CART FedEx champ car series, and he also has successful results at Le Mans and the Rolex 24.

Montermini is not new to Doran Racing. He drove the Doran-prepared MOMO Ferrari to three victories in 1997, winning at Lime Rock, Pikes Peak and an October race at Sebring, Fla. with co-driver Antonio Hermann. They took five poles that year, and Montermini recorded six fastest race laps. They were second at Laguna Seca and also posted two thirds at Road Atlanta and Las Vegas.

Last year at VIR Theys and Bill Auberlen led every single practice session in the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27. The car started sixth in class and finished fifth in class after an incident with a car Theys was lapping. It also set the fastest race lap when Auberlen took just 1:48.850 to cover the 3.27-mile, 17-turn road course.

Another DORAN JE4, the one fielded by Bell Motorsports, won the event and took the points lead enroute to eventually winning last year's championship.

The preliminary schedule for the VIR weekend shows the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27 on the track for practice beginning at 9:50 a.m. on Friday, Oct. 1 and continuing until 11:20 a.m. Another practice session is slated for 2:10 p.m. that day.

There is a one-hour practice session at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 2 followed by qualifying for the Daytona Prototypes at 1:05 p.m. that day.

On race day, Sunday, Oct. 3, there is a warm-up session at 9:40 a.m. prior to the VIR 400 beginning at 1 p.m. The event's length is 400 km, 77 laps or two hours and 45 minutes.

The race is scheduled to be broadcast live on SPEED beginning at noon Eastern time.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Didier Theys , Bill Auberlen , Andrea Montermini , Kevin Doran , Antonio Hermann
Teams Doran Racing