Kevin Doran's Rolex 24 Success
Encompasses Six Victories in a Variety of Roles
LEBANON, Ohio, Jan. 17 - In more than 20 years participating in the Rolex 24
at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, Kevin Doran has been in victory lane
six different times and in a variety of roles.
He has been in victory lane as a crew chief (1986 and 1987), a team member
(1989), a team manager (1998 and 2002); a car owner (1998 and 2002) and as a car
His latest Rolex 24 triumph came on Feb. 1, 2004 when a DORAN JE4 that he
designed and built through one of his companies, Doran Designs, won the race
overall when the Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4 Pontiac took the checkered flag.
What's more, another DORAN JE4 for which Doran was the owner and team manager, the
Doran-Lista DORAN JE4 Lexus, finished second that year in the Daytona
Prototype class, the top class of the Grand American Road Racing Association.
In 2005 Kevin Doran entered two cars in the Rolex 24; one under Doran Racing
and the other under Doran Labonte Racing. Both qualified and finished in the
top 10. The former ran in third until the very end of the race and ended up
fifth; the latter finished ninth.
For the 2006 running of the twice-around-the-clock classic Doran's drivers
will be Terry Borcheller, Harrison Brix, Forest Barber and Michel Jourdain Jr.
It was a DORAN JE4 that took the division's top driver (Borcheller) and the
top team (Bell Motorsports) to their respective championships in 2003, and it
was a DORAN JE4 that Borcheller and Barber were driving when they won the 2004
Kevin Doran's unqualified success as a car manufacturer isn't surprising to
anyone who knows him. Even before he started his own companies he had some 19
poles and 23 victories in IMSA working as crew chief for the late Al Holbert.
Since he formed his own companies, Doran Racing has continued to excel.
Doran-Lista Racing's lead driver, Didier Theys, won the driver's championship
in 2002 in Grand American's top class that year, while Doran-Lista Racing
finished second in the team standings for the third consecutive year. Doran
Racing ran selected events in both the American Le Mans Series and Grand American
in 2003, but still finished seventh in Grand American that year. The team was
fifth in the final point standings in 2004. It had two rookie drivers in 2005
and placed tenth last year.
The Doran Racing-prepared MOMO Ferrari team was the first and only team in
U.S. history to win the 24 Hours at Daytona, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the
Watkins Glen Six-Hour race in the same year (1998).
In the three years of Daytona Prototype racing, the DORAN JE4 has finished
second (2003) and third (2004 and 2005) in the car manufacturer point standings.
The DORAN JE4 isn't the only car that Kevin Doran has designed and built; his
Sports 2000 car won a SCCA national championship in 1995 and is still going
Kevin Doran's Rolex 24 highlights:
1986: Winning crew chief of Lowenbrau Special Porsche 962 driven by Al
Holbert, Derek Bell and Al Unser Jr.
1987: Winning crew chief of Lowenbrau Special Porsche 962 team with drivers
Al Holbert, Derek Bell, Chip Robinson and Al Unser Jr.
1989: Team member of the winning two-car Jim Busby Porsche 962 entry; the car
driven by Bob Wollek, Derek Bell and John Andretti won, while Mario and
Michael Andretti drove the other one.
1996: Car owner and team manager of the MOMO Ferrari which won the pole and
finished second overall; drivers were Gianpiero Moretti, Bob Wollek, Didier
Theys and Max Papis.
1998: Winning car owner and team manager of the MOMO Ferrari; drivers were
Gianpiero Moretti, Arie Luyendyk, Mauro Baldi and Didier Theys. (Qualified
1999: Finished third as an entrant with a Ferrari driven by Max Papis, Stefan
Johansson, Jimmy Vasser and Jim Matthews.
2002: Winning car owner and team manager with the Doran-Lista Dallara Judd.
Drivers were Didier Theys, Fredy Lienhard Sr., Mauro Baldi and Max Papis.
(Also won the pole.)
2003: DORAN JE4 makes its debut as a Bell Motorsports entry; drivers are
Terry Borcheller, who would go on to win the drivers' championship in it that
year; Forest Barber, Didier Theys and Christian Fittipaldi. Car qualifies sixth
but does not finish due to engine problems.
2004: Winning car manufacturer with his DORAN JE4s; finished first overall
(Bell Motorsports; drivers: Terry Borcheller, Forest Barber, Andy Pilgrim and
Christian Fittipaldi) and second in the Daytona Prototype class and fourth
overall (Doran-Lista Racing; drivers: Didier Theys, Fredy Lienhard Sr., Jan Lammers
and Marc Goossens). Car owner and team manager of the latter team too.
2005: Fielded two cars and both finished in the top 10. One driven by Theys
and rookies Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin was fifth; the other one placed n
inth with Bobby Labonte, Terry Labonte, Jan Magnussen and Bryan Herta behind
Doran Enterprises, Doran Racing and Doran Designs are located at 2050
McKinley Blvd., Lebanon, Ohio 45036.