Ross Kaiser Joins Doran Racing for Rolex 24 British Champion Set For Two Additional Tests In McDonald's Ford/Dallara Following British champion Ross Kaiser's impressive progress in a recent Rolex Series test at VIR, Daytona Prototype team...
Ross Kaiser Joins Doran Racing for Rolex 24
British Champion Set For Two Additional Tests In McDonald's Ford/Dallara
Following British champion Ross Kaiser's impressive progress in a recent Rolex Series test at VIR, Daytona Prototype team owner Kevin Doran has announced the Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge winner will join the line up on his No. 77 McDonald's Ford/Dallara in the 49th running of the motorsports classic at Daytona International Speedway on Jan. 29-30, 2011.
"At VIR, I got acclimatised with the new car and the surroundings -- and it felt pretty good," Kaiser said. "Racing in the Rolex 24 is a dream come true. I'm looking forward to maximizing this opportunity, racing in one of the biggest events in the world -- you get the broadest cover of drivers from all disciplines -- it's the best of the best."
Doran Racing has a long tradition of excellence on and off the race track. The Lebanon, Ohio-based company is widely regarded as one of the best operations ever in endurance sports car racing. It has a proven history of excellent return for its motorsports marketing partners and customers.
In 2002 Doran-Lista Racing won the Rolex 24hr At Daytona with a Dallara Judd. Under Kevin Doran's direction, the Doran Racing - prepared MOMO Ferrari was the first and only team in US history to win the 24 hours at Daytona, the 12 hours of Sebring and the Watkins Glen 6 hour race in the same year (1998).
Kevin Doran has been victorious in 6 different Rolex 24's personally in a variety of roles: twice as a crew chief (1986 & 1987), once as a team member (1989), twice as a team manager as well as car owner (1998 & 2002) and once as a car manufacturer (2004).
"Ross's speed at our test at Virginia International Raceway was really perfect for the Rolex 24," Doran said. "He was already competitive after only one day in the DP. I'm glad that it worked out that we're getting him in the McDonald's car for the Rolex 24. I think we've got a good shot at winning the race with Ross and three other top-notch guys."
Kaiser's co-drivers will be announced in the near future.
This will be Doran Racing's second year fielding a car for the Sunoco Daytona Challenge winner. Derek Johnston, the inaugural winner, finished 10th for the team this past January.
"I'm confident we'll have the same chemistry running with Ross in the upcoming tests and in the Rolex 24," Kevin said. "Sunoco has put together a great program and has come up with two winning drivers."
Ross will have two additional tests with the team prior to the Rolex 24: Dec. 1-2 at Homestead-Miami Speedway and the 'Roar Before the Rolex 24' on Jan. 7-9 at Daytona International Speedway
-source: ross kaiser PR