Doran Racing Nissans to Start Fifth and Seventh
Tomorrow Morning at Lime Rock Park
LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 24 — Doran Racing's Nicolas Hammann is scheduled to be on the inside of Row 3 in the #41 Nissan 370Z and Brad Jaeger will be right behind him on the inside of Row 4 in the team's #14 Nissan 370Z when the Continental Tire SportsCar Challenge series gets the green flag Saturday at 10 a.m. Eastern time at Lime Rock Park for a 2-hour race.
Hammann, of Elkhart Lake, Wis., will make his series debut and then hand the #41 off to co-driver Steven Doherty of Plainfield, Ill. Jaeger, of Charlottesville, Va., will drive the first part of the race and then hand the #14 off to B.J. Zacharias of Cincinnati.
Hammann, who is not only making his first series start but also his first start with the Lebanon, Ohio-based team and his first start at Lime Rock Park, qualified fifth on Friday afternoon with a time of 58.140 seconds (94.737 miles per hour) for the seven-turn, 1.53-mile road course. His fastest lap came on lap six of the nine he turned in the qualifying session, and was only 0.486 of a second off the pole.
Jaeger's qualifying time was 58.528 seconds (94.109 mph), which came on lap four of 11.
The Doran Racing Nissans are the only Nissans in the 41-car field.
Jaeger and Zacharias' #14 was seventh in the first practice session (57.644 seconds) and fourth in both the second practice session (58.143 seconds) and the third one (57.942 seconds).
Hammann and Doherty's #41 was tenth in the first practice session (58.397 seconds), seventh in the second practice session (58.826 seconds), and fifth in the third practice session (58.163 seconds).
Saturday's race will be carried live on IMSA.com and also broadcast at noon Eastern time on Sunday, Aug. 2 on Fox Sports 1.
Additional information is available on DoranRacing.com and the team's Facebook page.
Post-qualifying quotes follow:
Brad Jaeger: "I don't think qualifying went exactly our way. We took a little gamble with our set-up to see if it would work, and with the given track conditions it wasn't ideal. But we learned from it, and we're working hard on getting the set-up perfect for the race tomorrow so we can get the Nissan 370Z up front."
Nic Hammann: "Qualifying went well for our #41 GT Academy Doran Racing 370Z, finishing in position five. Overall the day was a great experience, and I cannot thank everyone at Doran Racing enough for all their help. It is an entirely new experience for me this weekend with the car and the track, but the team made me feel right at home and I was able to get settled in nicely.
"In qualifying I was able to get a nice gap to the car in front and run some clean laps, improving throughout the session. I think the inside line, third row, puts us in a good position for the start tomorrow, and I hope that I can hand a clean car over to Steve with a chance at a podium.
"It's just incredible to think that less than a year ago I was watching from my TV, and now I'm racing for Doran in the Nissan 370Z, all thanks to GT Academy and Nissan!"
For more information about the series, see imsa.com.
For more information on Doran Racing, see DoranRacing.com.
The team also has a Facebook page.