The New Jersey Motorsports Park Drivers Club will be well-represented in the Rolex 24 at Daytona this weekend.
Drivers Club member David Donohue, of Malvern, Pa., joined the Doran Racing team to help drive the No. 77 car in the prestigious 24-hour race, which starts at 3 p.m. Saturday in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Donohue joins his friend and fellow Drivers Club member Jim Lowe, a Villanova, Pa., resident whose medical practice is based in Linwood.
“It is really cool, and we’re cheering for them,” NJMP Drivers Club coordinator Carolyn Watson said by phone Thursday.
The addition of Donohue appears to be a coup for a team that already includes former IndyCar driver Paul Tracy and reigning American Le Mans Series Prototype Challenge team champions Jon Bennett and Colin Braun. Donohue won the Rolex 24 in 2009.
Meanwhile, the top of the leaderboard for the first practice session Thursday wasn’t surprising.
The fastest lap times were turned in by two star-studded teams. The No. 01 car led by Juan Pablo Montoya and Scott Pruett had a best lap of 1 minute, 40.937 seconds on the road course at Daytona International Speedway. AJ Allmendinger and Marcos Ambrose helped the No. 60 car record the second-fastest lap at 1:41.938.
There was encouraging news for Lowe’s team. The No. 77 car turned in the seventh-fastest lap at 1:43.303. That was ahead of seven other cars in the Daytona Prototype class, which is the faster of two divisions in the Grand-Am Rolex series.
Note: A third NJMP Drivers Club member, Andrew Aquilante, of Chester Springs, Pa., will drive in Friday’s Grand-Am Continental Tires Sports Car Challenge race at Daytona.