Watkins Glen II: Doran-Lista Thursday report

Doran-Lista Will Start Fifth Tomorrow Night at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 12 - The Doran-Lista team and drivers Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen plan to head to the front tomorrow night in the Sahlen's 200 at the Glen Rolex series race at...

Doran-Lista Will Start Fifth Tomorrow Night at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 12 - The Doran-Lista team and drivers Didier Theys and Jan Magnussen plan to head to the front tomorrow night in the Sahlen's 200 at the Glen Rolex series race at Watkins Glen International.

Both drivers ran laps under the existing qualifying and fastest-race-lap records here in practice Thursday. Qualifying was rained out Thursday afternoon, however, and the starting line-up was determined by team points. That puts the Lebanon, Ohio-based team fifth on the grid. Theys will start the 200-mile/82-lap race, with Magnussen scheduled to bring the Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus #27 home at the finish.

Heavy rain is predicted tomorrow and the race is being held on Friday the 13th, but hopes are still very high in the Doran-Lista camp thanks to excellent results in practice here Thursday.

Most of the day's sessions were held under rainy conditions or at least a damp track. If NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying should be rained out, the Rolex series race may be moved up on the schedule, which right now shows a starting time of approximately 6 p.m. and a finishing time of 8:30 p.m.

With one minute to go in the first practice session Thursday morning the team topped the charts, but at the last minute one other competitor ran a faster lap to push the team to second with a 1:28.898 (120.991 mph) for the Glen's "short" course, which measures 2.45 miles and contains 11 turns.

In the second session the team was even faster, leading a great deal of the session and running a 1:08.982 (127.859 mph) lap for fourth overall at the end.

The team didn't go out for the third practice session; only four of the 33 entries recorded a time in that one. After making some additional changes late Thursday afternoon and early Friday evening, the team did three laps as just a shake-down run in the one-hour evening practice session, turning a 1:31.424 to end the day.

The qualifying record here is a 1:11.446 (123.450 mph) and the fastest race-lap record here is held by Terry Borcheller in another DORAN JE4 at 1:10.699 ( 124.754 mph).

Theys and Magnussen finished fifth in a six-hour race here June 20.

Tomorrow night's race will be broadcast on a same-day/tape-delayed basis on SPEED at 10 p.m. Eastern.

Quotes follow:

Didier Theys: "We did a dramatic change with the set-up after Mid-Ohio, and the car is working much better. So far, so good."

Jan Magnussen: "The car is the best it's been today than it's been ever since I have driven it. The potential is there to have a podium finish, that's for sure."

Kevin Doran: "It sure is a lot more fun to be in the top three than near the end of the first 10."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Jan Magnussen , Didier Theys , Terry Borcheller , Kevin Doran