Watkins Glen: Doran Racing race report

Bobbi and Gollin Finish 14th In Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen In Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus No. 77 WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 12 - Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin finished 14th both in the Daytona...

Bobbi and Gollin Finish 14th In Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen In Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus No. 77

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 12 - Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin finished 14th both in the Daytona Prototype class and overall with Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus Sunday at Watkins Glen International in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex series race despite losing four laps when the car spun in another competitor's oil.

Bobbi received a stop-and-go penalty for jumping the initial start but he was able to battle back into the top 10 during his first stint. He was already 15th by lap 10 and eighth by lap 28. He was able to keep the car in the top 10, on the same lap as the leader, the rest of the way through that over two-hour-long stint.

Gollin took over around lap 60 and he too continued to stay in striking distance, as the team was smartly biding its time and trying to save the car for a run at the end.

Unfortunately that was not to be. The Stevenson Motorsports Corvette leaked oil over a great deal of the track around lap 92, and Gollin slipped in the oil when he crossed its path. He didn't hit the wall when he fish-tailed out of control on lap 95 but he did end up in a gravel trap in turn 15 with the Autometrics Motorsports Porsche, and then he couldn't get the car's engine to refire. The car had to be towed into the pits by a tow rope, and the entry went four laps down and found itself in 17th place.

Bobbi got in the car later and then Gollin did so too as both rookies got more valuable experience on the very challenging 3.4-mile road course. Since there are two other races at this facility later this year, that should be helpful seat-time in the future.

Bobbi spun in turn seven on lap 136 under heavy rain conditions with approximately 40 minutes left in the race, but he was able to regroup and continue. The entry was also able to move up three more spots on the scoreboard before the finish at the six-hour, 150-lap mark despite the rain and fog that further complicated the hot and humid conditions.

Tracy Krohn and Nick Jonsson won the race. The Frisselle brothers had the highest-finishing DORAN JE4, as they placed ninth.

SPEED covered the race live.

In other news, a picture of Doran Racing's Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus is going to be on Watkins Glen's new 20-foot show car transporter that will debut this coming weekend in Buffalo, N.Y. It transports the Glen's show car to various locations in the East to promote the track's events. The Crown Royal Special Reserve is one of three cars shown on the transporter and the only one representing the Rolex series. The other two cars depicted are Danica Patrick's Rahal Letterman Racing Indy car and Dale Earnhardt Jr.'s Budweiser NASCAR NEXTEL Cup car.

Also, Gollin is leaving for France tomorrow in order to make his first start in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this coming weekend. He's slated to drive the ProDrive Ferrari 550 fielded by BMS Scuderia Italia with veteran Cristian Pescatori and Miguel Ramos as his co-drivers.

For more information on Sunday's Rolex series race, please see doranracing.com and crownroyal.com. Bobbi's Web site is at matteobobbi.com and Gollin's is at fabriziogollin.com.

Other interesting information can be found at grandamerican.com, theglen.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.

Quotes follow:

Fabizio Gollin: "I must speak with God and see what's happened! In the corner before the last one, another car lost a lot of oil. I started to spin in it. I fish-tailed but I didn't touch the wall, only the gravel. The car wouldn't restart and we lost four laps.

"We didn't want to push in the beginning because we wanted no crashes and to finish the race. I really must speak to God. We seem to have a black cloud over us.

"The car was really quite good. The traction control was broken, which made it difficult, but the car was really good.

"The car was very hot because the driver cooling system wasn't working.  The
ice melted and we couldn't get it changed on a pit stop.  It was very hot."

Matteo Bobbi: "I spun in the grass in the late stages of the race due to the rain. We seem to just be unlucky. I drove for two hours and 20 minutes at the beginning, and it was very hard due to the heat. It was just a very difficult day for us."

-dr-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Dale Earnhardt Jr. , Fabrizio Gollin , Matteo Bobbi , Miguel Ramos , Tracy Krohn , Danica Patrick
Teams Autometrics Motorsports , Stevenson Motorsports , Doran Racing