Watkins Glen: Doran Racing Friday report

FTN/Doran Racing Team Will Start 13th In Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 2 - After three rounds of practice on Friday at Watkins Glen International, both of the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing drivers say they have...

FTN/Doran Racing Team Will Start 13th In Saturday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 2 - After three rounds of practice on Friday at Watkins Glen International, both of the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing drivers say they have a good car for tomorrow's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex Series race, which will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 2:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Thursday's Daytona Prototype practice sessions and Friday's qualifying sessions were canceled as the result of a legal case involving Krohn Racing (see grandamerican.com).

The starting line-up for Saturday's race was set by the current point standings, which puts the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 in 13th spot.

Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla. and Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif. will drive the car, which carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS. Brix is slated to start the race, sharing row seven with Christian Fittipaldi as the field of 46 takes the green flag and heads into turn one for the first time.

Both Borcheller and Brix recorded laps during the three practice sessions Friday: one from 1:15 p.m. to 1:45 p.m.; one from 4:15 p.m. to 5 p.m.; and one from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The car's fastest lap run Friday on the Glen's 3.37-mile, 11-turn road course was Borcheller's 1:46.621 for an average speed of 114.799 miles per hour, making it 12th overall for the day.

The team was 12th in its first practice session with a 1:48.506 (112.805 mph) set on its fourth lap. It was 14th in the second session with a 1:48.475 (112.837 mph) set on its eighth lap. It was 12th again in the last session on Friday with its fastest lap of the day, set on its 39th of 42 laps run in that two-hour session.

The Alex Job Racing/Emory Motorsports No. 23 of Mike Rockenfeller and Patrick Long was fastest of the day with a 1:45.466 (116.056 mph), set in the evening practice session.

A final practice session is on the schedule at 8:15 a.m. tomorrow followed by a driver autograph session at 11 a.m. and the start of the six-hour enduro at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow afternoon.

"The car is good," Borcheller said after climbing out of the cockpit at the end of the last session Friday night. "I love this track, but there are going to be a lot of yellows tomorrow. If we can stay out of trouble and run our own pace, hopefully the race will come to us."

"I think we have a really good, solid race car, especially for doing long runs," Brix agreed. "If the rain stays away I'm pretty optimistic.

"The track was dirty and pretty slippery in that last session," Brix noted. "A GT car lost a lot of oil, so it was pretty messy."

Neither of the FTN/Doran Racing drivers had any incidents Friday.

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.

-dr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Terry Borcheller , Mike Rockenfeller , Harrison Brix , Alex Job
Teams Krohn Racing , Doran Racing , Alex Job Racing