Linwood-based doctor Jim Lowe said earlier this month that he believes Doran Racing’s new car will have a chance to win the Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Lowe will find out soon.
Practice starts Thursday in Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Grand-Am Rolex series’ signature race, which will start at 3 p.m. Saturday and end at 3 p.m. Sunday.
Lowe will share driving responsibilities in the Doran Racing car with Paul Tracy, Colin Braun and Jon Bennett. It’s a new car that was not even ready for the Roar Before the 24 testing session earlier this month.
“This is my favorite week of the year,” Lowe said in a news release. “The Rolex 24 has a lot of exciting elements about it and it really spans the whole month of January. This week is especially exciting for us. We are getting a brand-new car with a chassis/body combination that no one else has run before. It’s a Riley body on top of a Dallara Doran chassis. No such combination exists out there.
“Our first chance to run the car will be the practice sessions on Thursday and Friday due to the late build schedule. It’s not a lot of time, but we will focus on having good sessions and use that time to learn all the nuances in the cars performance quickly. Hopefully it will act like the old Dallara chassis in terms of how it behaves; it will just be faster with better down force and less resistance.
“We still have Ford power which we are real happy about. Traditionally Fords have run very well at Daytona. The interesting part will be the combination of the Riley body work on top of the Dallara Doran chassis.”
Lowe and Tracy drove for Doran Racing last year in the Rolex 24. They ran a clean race, but the car was not fast enough to keep up with the leaders. This year’s car has the team excited.
“Everyone is welcome to come by the garage and have a look,” team owner Kevin Doran said in the news release, “even though we won’t have time for a formal garage tour.”