Phoenix: Doran Racing preview

FTN/Doran Racing Drivers Are Looking Forward To Racing at Night Friday and Saturday At Phoenix International Raceway LEBANON, Ohio, May 10 - The sounds of Daytona Prototypes powering around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. had...

FTN/Doran Racing Drivers Are Looking Forward To Racing at Night Friday and Saturday At Phoenix International Raceway

LEBANON, Ohio, May 10 - The sounds of Daytona Prototypes powering around Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. had hardly died down before the Doran Racing team was headed some 600 miles east to Arizona for another doubleheader at Phoenix International Raceway (PIR) this Friday and Saturday night, May 12-13.

Once crewmembers of the Lebanon, Ohio-based team lower the transporter door at PIR and bring out the team's DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77, which carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS, all systems will be "go" at Phoenix. The first official practice session for the car will be tomorrow (Thursday) at 1:30 p.m. local time.

Last September both the Doran Racing DORAN JE4 No. 77 driven by Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin and the Feeds the Need/Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4 No. 54 driven by Terry Borcheller and Ralf Kelleners were contenders to win this race, now called the GAINSCO Grand Prix.

Borcheller won the pole in the latter car last year with a lap of 57.540 (94.473 mph) for the 1.51-mile, 11-turn road course, and Bobbi led the race in the No. 77. Unfortunately both cars were caught up in incidents during the race. The No. 77 was running second when it ran into problems and eventually finished 14th; the No. 54 was hit in the rear by another competitor in turn one on the very first lap and it eventually ended up 15th.

This year everyone involved with the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 hopes for a cleaner race and better results for drivers Borcheller, formerly of North Phoenix and now of Vero Beach, Fla., and Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif. Borcheller has driven many laps at PIR while working as an instructor at the Bondurant School, and his knowledge of how the desert winds can change and affect the track conditions could prove to be invaluable.

The qualifying session to set the field for the Daytona Prototype sprint will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, with that 30-minute point race following at 7:45 p.m. Friday night.

The GAINSCO Grand Prix, which will feature 24 Daytona Prototypes and 16 GT cars, is slated to start at 7 p.m. Saturday night. The distance is 250 miles/166 laps or two hours and 45 minutes. The race is slated to be broadcast on SPEED on a tape-delayed basis at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday.

It will be an especially busy weekend for Borcheller, who is also competing in the Lone Star Grand Prix American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race in Houston, Texas Friday night.

Live timing and scoring of the Rolex Series action is slated for the Internet at grandamerican.com. Doran Racing's Web site is at doranracing.com. Other interesting information can be found at fordracing.com, tborcheller.com, harrisonbrix.com, and feedstheneedracing.com.

Driver quotes follow:

Terry Borcheller: "Phoenix is going to be exciting. We're going to do a suite again this year for family and friends. The suite holds about 30 people, so we'll be bringing our own fan club.

"I lived in the Phoenix area for 13 years, so it's always nice to be back. I worked at the Bondurant School there. We had both of our kids in the area, one in Scottsdale and the other in Phoenix, and all of my wife's family is there. We have a time-share there but we'll probably stay at my wife's sister's house.

"It's a great track for spectators because you can see the whole track.

"I'll be doing the Houston ALMS race, and going back and forth. I can do it all on commercial airlines though, so that's good.

"Last year's race was hard to forget. It's very rare when you have an opportunity to win a race and then you get taken out of contention by somebody else. We finally got a pole and were capable of winning, and then to get taken out by somebody who wasn't thinking, that was a shame. Hopefully we'll have better luck this weekend."

Harrison Brix: "I've raced at Firebird, but never Phoenix International Raceway. But I'm really looking forward to it because I enjoy racing at night.

"I like it because it forces you to concentrate even more and become even more in tune with the car.

"Part of that is just because the visibility is not as good. It steps up the experience a notch. The glare is a factor.

"It's still going to be 90 degrees probably though.

"I hope we have a good race for Terry's home crowd."

-dr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Fabrizio Gollin , Ralf Kelleners , Terry Borcheller , Matteo Bobbi , Harrison Brix
Teams Doran Racing