Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona Press Release
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Team owner Kevin Doran was a bit skeptical when first approached with the idea of trying out a new package for a test and a race in mid-season. After all he already had a strong driving lineup consisting of Memo Gidley and Brad Jaeger, a world renowned sponsor in McDonalds, and was sitting in the top-10 in points. What more could a team want in these difficult economic times, right?
With the future in mind, and that mystical "what if" in the balance, Doran Racing decided to give South African Drivers Hennie Groenewald and Dion von Moltke a shot at the recent Mid Ohio test in their #77 Ford/Dallara Prototype. With the use of Memo's data, and Brad on hand to assist these new drivers that the team had little knowledge of, they were off. Taking the 'walk before you run' approach to a new car, and for Groenewald a new circuit, they both started off the first time slowly getting used to their new surroundings.
Each time out the drivers knocked off huge chunks of time and began approaching the times set up by the top Grand-Am Rolex Daytona Prototype teams on the day. For von Moltke, the circuit was nothing new, having just won the Koni Challenge ST Class the day prior. The drivers ended the test with some of the fastest times of the day, and a lasting impression on team owner Kevin Doran. Of the test Doran mentions; "Dion and Hennie really surprised me. They had a very professional approach to the test, showed very competitive times, and worked very well with each other and the team. I feel they both have very bright futures in this sport."
Following such an impressive first run, Doran decided it was worthwhile to continue the experiment at the Brumos Porsche 250 at Daytona and South African Airways wasted little time in coming on board to support the team and its drivers for the event to put Dion and Hennie in the #77 Doran Prototype. An excited Hennie exudes "I am really excited to get to drive the Doran DP at Daytona, as this is quite likely to be one of the bigger events to choose from, driving in front of the NASCAR crowd and so many spectators. After a very successful test in Mid Ohio both my teammate Dion and I are comfortable with the car. The ability and commitment from the Doran organization to put a competitive package together for Daytona. At the test the #77 McDonalds/South African Airways car showed all the potential for a podium performance at Daytona. This is really a huge opportunity for both of us to show that we are ready to deliver great results in this series and driving a DP car makes the experience so much better"
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