The three-day Roar Before the 24 testing session in Daytona Beach, Fla., was a success for the Doran Racing team, South Jersey-based doctor/driver Jim Lowe said.
Lowe, a neurosurgeon based in Linwood, will compete in the Rolex 24 at Daytona for the eighth consecutive year Jan. 26-27. He said in a news release that he posted faster times in the Roar Before the 24 this year than last.
Lowe had not raced since last summer, and teammate Jon Bennett never has raced in Grand-Am before. Bennett is the American Le Mans Series teammate of Colin Braun, who is also part of the Doran Racing team.
“This was a warmup/cooldown morning for Jon and me,” Lowe said in the news release. “We ran the car for an hour and a half straight and both got plenty of laps and time behind the wheel. We experienced some traffic in the early part, and then it leveled out for Jon, which was really good for him. He set some of his best times this weekend during his session (Sunday).”
Lowe still is relatively new to Grand-Am’s Daytona Prototype class, having spent the first five years of his career in the slower Grand Touring class.
“I felt good managing traffic through the GT field and chasing the occasional DP that was out there,” he said. “It was good practice for race weekend. Everyone is leaving here feeling good.”
Doran Racing is in the process of building a new “Gen 3” car for the race but used its old “Gen 2” car for testing.
“The car ran well and it is still nice and shiny,” Lowe said. “Now we will park the Gen 2 and Kevin and the team will go back to Ohio to continue the build-out for the new car and we’ll be ready to go in a few weeks.”