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doran.jpg The Lexus juggernaut continues rolling on in the Rolex Sports Car Series of the Grand-Am Cup. At this past weekend's <B>Sahlen's 200 at The Glen</B> the <B>No. 27 Doran Lista Racing / Lexus Doran</B> driven by <B>Jan Magnussen</B> and <B>Didier Theys</B> was the race winner, with the <B>No. 6 Michael Shank Racing / Lexus Doran</B> driven by <B>Burt Frisselle</B> and <B>Oswaldo Negri, Jr.</B> finishing in second place.Here's an account of the race from the official Grand Am site:<P>

In ever-changing weather conditions, the No. 27 Doran-Lista Racing team and Lexus Doran driver Jan Magnussen rolled the dice and took on slick tires in a pit stop under caution on Lap 59 and the gamble paid off as the Dane passed the No. 10 SunTrust Racing Pontiac Riley of Max Angelelli on Lap 67 of a 72-lap race for the lead and the victory in the Sahlen's 200 at The Glen.<P>

With the triumph, Magnussen and co-driver Didier Theys became the fifth different team to earn an overall victory in 2004, setting a new Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series record for different winners in a single season. It was the ninth Rolex Series win for Doran-Lista Racing and was the team's first win since Mont-Tremblant in 2002. Doran-Lista Racing has also won at least one race in four of five seasons in Rolex Sports Car Series competition.<P>

"I wanted slicks, but we saw there was a chance for a yellow," Magnussen said. "We talked about it for three seconds, and decided it was probably a good idea. I won't say it was great driving at the end, because it's easier to beat everybody when you have slicks and they're on wets. But, we won the race on the right decision at the right time."<P>

With Theys behind the wheel of the No. 27 and Wayne Taylor holding the overall lead in the No. 10 on Lap 34, the skies opened up above Watkins Glen International and a torrential rain began falling on the 2.45-mile circuit. As the cars worked their way back to the pits for rain tires, several cars in various classes slid off course in Turn 11 and made contact with either another car or the Styrofoam barrier.<P>

Among those involved in the incident was the No. 67 The Racer's Group Porsche GT3 RS and driver Kevin Buckler, who was transported to Arnot Ogden Medical Center in Elmira, N.Y. for precautionary x-rays. Buckler was awake and alert but was complaining of pain on the right side of his neck, his right shoulder and his right leg and was expected to be kept at the hospital overnight. No other drivers were injured.<P>

While he wasn't involved in the Turn 11 melee, Theys spun in the treacherous conditions just past the incident scene at the entrance to pit road. The Belgian recovered and returned to his pit where the car was fitted with rain tires and Magnussen took over the controls.<P>

"We learned the hard way last year," Theys said. "We stayed a little too long on the rain tires. We discussed it before the race; we know that this track gets dry very fast, even with the humidity. That's how we decided in the last yellow to go with slicks, even if it was hard for Jan on the first few laps, because the line was still kind of wet. I think it was the best strategy of the day."<P>

While Magnussen's winning stop for slicks came on while he ran just outside the top five on Lap 59, Burt Frisselle--who was in a similar situation to Magnussen--brought the No. 6 Michael Shank Racing Lexus Doran on to pit lane for the same reason one lap later, and was the only other driver on the lead lap to do so. The move also paid dividends for Frisselle and his co-driver, Oswaldo Negri Jr., as Frisselle charged through the pack to finish second, 10.887 seconds behind Magnussen. It was a Rolex Series career-best result for Frisselle and Negri.<P>

"The last laps were really exciting," Frisselle said. "We went from seventh to second in ten minutes, running on a drying track in the dark making passes everywhere! It's just an unbelievable result for the team, which has worked so incredibly hard to give us the best car possible. It's great to be able to get it to the podium for them and for (team owner) Mike (Shank)."<P>

"I am so happy and proud to drive for this team," Negri added. We put so much effort into every session, and we just haven't had the results to show for it. This is absolutely fantastic!"<P>

Angelelli led the cars remaining on rain tires across the stripe in third place, and Oliver Gavin and Terry Borcheller made it three Doran chassis in the top four spots with a fourth place performance in the No. 54 Kodak Bell Motorsports Pontiac Doran. Co-points leaders Max Papis and Scott Pruett brought the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley home in fifth, snapping a streak of podium finishes at five consecutive races. Both the No. 01 (26 laps) and the No. 54 (eight laps) also led the race.<P>

Brent Martini and Cort Wagner drove the No. 81 Rx.com/G&W Motorsports BMW Doran to a sixth-place result, giving Doran chassis four of the top six finishers.
 
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