Bio - Kevin Doran
Doran Racing founder, team owner and manager
Kevin Doran has built Doran Racing into one of the top car preparation and
management organizations in the United States. He is truly legendary in
endurance sports car racing.
He is perhaps best known for his many victories with the late Al Holbert, a
five-time IMSA Camel GT champion; the MOMO Ferrari team; Doran Lista Racing and
of course his current team, Doran Racing.
Doran was also the designer/constructor of the DORAN JE4 Daytona Prototype
for the Grand American Rolex Series through another Doran Enterprises company,
Doran Designs. He introduced that car in February 2003 and campaigned it
through the 2008 Rolex 24. Doran Enterprises and Dallara are working together in
2008 and beyond, with Doran Racing fielding a new Dallara Daytona Prototype in
2008 beginning with the Homestead race. The Lebanon, Ohio-based company is also
Dallara's official spare parts distributor and its approved repair center for
Dallara's new Daytona Prototype chassis.
Doran will also be involved in the American Le Mans Series' GT2 division in
2008; details will be announced later.
The DORAN JE4 took Terry Borcheller and the Bell Motorsports team to the
inaugural driver and team championships in the Daytona Prototype class in 2003.
Just one year after the car's introduction, Kevin Doran was the winning car
manufacturer at the 2004 Rolex 24 at Daytona with the Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4.
His own Doran-Lista team finished second in the Daytona Prototype class in
that race and went on to place fifth in the team standings for the year.
In 2005 Doran fielded two cars in the Rolex 24. Both qualified and finished
in the top 10, and one of them finished fifth. The team finished seventh in
that race in both 2006 and 2007, and 16th in 2008. Doran has high hopes of
returning to victory lane in that event with the new Dallara, hoping to repeat his
2002 Rolex 24 victory when he won with a Dallara driven by Didier Theys, Fredy
Lienhard, Mauro Baldi and Max Papis.
In 2002 the Doran-Lista team finished second for the third year in a row in
_the premier class of Grand American at that time, Sports Racing Prototype
(SRP). That year Doran's team won four of the Grand American's 10 events; earned
seven pole positions and propelled Theys to the SRP driver championship.
Kevin Doran's record at the Rolex 24 is truly remarkable. 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 manufacturer
In addition, 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 addition to Grand American, Kevin Doran has had great success as a team
manager in both the Professional Sports Car Racing series (formerly IMSA) and
the Sports Car Club of America (SCCA). His season-long efforts and strong team
management skills garnered him IMSA's prestigious "Technician of the Year"
award in both 1993 and 1994.
In 1998 Doran Racing mechanics were awarded the honored "Le Prix Escra" prize
for best technical assistance to a race car at the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Doran also has built and prepared NASCAR Craftsman Trucks. He competed as a
team owner in numerous truck races in the nineties, running as high as second
and finishing as high as tenth.
Doran Racing's Indy car involvement includes assisting Lyn St. James in her
attempt to qualify for the 1998 Indy 500 and working side-by-side with Holbert,
a legend in both Porsche and Indy car racing.
Doran Racing also spearheaded the ASA stock car racing effort of the #77
Pontiac driven by Dave Doran, Kevin's brother. Dave Doran was the 1995 Sports 2000
national champion, also winning the Kimberly Cup for the most improved driver
in SCCA Club Racing. That Sports 2000 car was also designed and built by
The Doran family's association with motorsports dates back to the 1960s when
Kevin and Dave's father, Jim, designed and built short-track late models. Jim
Doran then took on managerial control of Queen City Speedway, a half-mile dirt
oval in West Chester, Ohio.
The young Doran boys grew up helping their father at the track and in the
shop. Doran Racing is still a family business. Under Kevin's leadership, Doran
Racing has a proven record on and off the track that is nothing short of
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