Watkins Glen: Doran-Lista race report

Doran-Lista Finishes Fifth at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 20 - Jan Magnussen led a dozen laps in Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus ...

Doran-Lista Finishes Fifth at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 20 - Jan Magnussen led a dozen laps in Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27 before he, co-driver Didier Theys and the rest of the Lebanon, Ohio-based team finished a solid fifth.

Magnussen, of Roskilde, Denmark, started seventh but quickly moved up to fourth in the caution-filled race, which was slowed 10 times for 32 of the 164 laps run in the six-hour time period.

The team battled an understeering condition for most of the race but used the numerous full-course cautions to make adjustments.

Magnussen had a good battle with Oswaldo Negri in the Michael Shank Racing DORAN JE4 Lexus during the early portion of the race, and at hour two the Shank DORAN was fifth and the Doran-Lista DORAN was sixth.

When several of the leaders pitted for fuel around laps 48-51, Magnussen was able to ease into second. Seconds later there was a full-course caution when The Racers Group Porsche #65 hit the wall in turn 11. Magnussen was able to make his stop for fuel and fresh Goodyears under that full-course yellow on lap 53. Five laps later, on lap 58, three hours and 24 minutes into the race, he passed the CompUSA Riley Lexus in turn one for the lead.

At that point Magnussen said the car's balance was good, and he was able to stretch his advantage to some 11.564 seconds just a few laps later.

Magnussen was still leading on lap 70 when he pitted for four tires, fuel and to be relieved by Theys, of Scottsdale, Ariz. Driver changes take longer than regular stops of course, and at the three-hour mark there were three DORAN JE4s running seventh, eighth and ninth, with Theys in eighth place.

Theys was able to battle back up to third before Magnussen got back in the car for the finish on lap 139 with about 40 minutes remaining.

The team's third driver, Fredy Lienhard of Nierteufen, Switzerland, ended up not taking a turn behind the wheel during the race in order for the team's two professional race car drivers to try to move the effort up the scoreboard.

The team dropped back to seventh after its second driver change, but Magnussen moved back into sixth pretty quickly and then got fifth just three laps from the end from the Red Bull Fabcar Porsche #58, which was battling a fuel pick-up problem.

The race was won by the CompUSA Riley Lexus of Max Papis and Scott Pruett.

The Doran-Lista entry was the top-finishing DORAN JE4 in the field but two others were also in the top 10. The Michael Shank Racing DORAN JE4 Lexus was eighth and the Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4 Pontiac was ninth. The fourth one, the Rx.com/G&W Motorsports DORAN JE4 BMW, was 24th.

Quotes follow:

JAN MAGNUSSEN (after his first stint): "At the beginning the car was understeering, which is the same problem we had here in practice and qualifying. With so many yellows the Doran-Lista crew was able to make some changes to the car and we did make some headway. Right now the car is not great, but it's OK. I was happy to get in the lead and I was able to pull away.

"Right before I came in I was lapping a Porsche in the turn after the Bus Stop, and I saw that he was wiggling. I was on the outside of him and I thought he was going to hit me. I got in the grass to avoid him, and I got grass in the radiator and the water temperature went up high. The team cleaned that all out during the pit stop though and now the water temperature is fine.

"Other than that the only real problem I had was just normal traffic. It was a long session though; three hours for me."

JAN MAGNUSSEN (after the race): "We made a step in the wrong direction at the end and made the car loose. But I had no problems in that stint. When we were leading the car was good at that point, but from then until the end it [the difference in the car] was 2 seconds."

DIDIER THEYS: "I didn't have any problems during my stint. We got back up to third before I had to pit for fuel and to put Jan back in for the finish. We had some understeer at the beginning of my stint but we made a tire pressure change and it was good the rest of the way for me."

KEVIN DORAN: "We just weren't fast enough here. We'll take fifth and go on to the next race."


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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Didier Theys , Max Papis , Scott Pruett , Fredy Lienhard , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Michael Shank
Teams Michael Shank Racing