Kaiser Happy With First Test at Daytona

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – This weekend saw competitors for the coveted Rolex 24 At Daytona title complete three days of testing at the “Roar before the Rolex 24.”

This pre-race test also gave racers the chance to race on the newly paved track which was only finished a few weeks ago. As part of the Sunoco Daytona Challenge prize Ross Kaiser flew to Daytona to complete the testing with Doran Racing, who announced a strong team line up for the Rolex 24.

Kevin Doran, owner of the team, confirmed that the line up for the team who will drive the No. 77 Ford/Dallara will be Brian Frisselle, Matt Bell, Henri Richard and Kaiser.

‘I thoroughly enjoyed my first time at Daytona and the driver line up is absolutely awesome,” Kaiser said. “It really is a dream come true to be alongside some of the best drivers in the world.”

Frisselle has six seasons of DP competition under his belt and finished third in the 2009 championship and fifth in the 2008 standings. Richard made his debut in the Rolex 24 in 2010, opening his first full season in professional sports car competition. Bell also took part in the 2010 Rolex 24. Kaiser completes the team’s strong line up and with his speed and racing experience the team looks like it really is worthy of grasping the Rolex 24 title.

The test gave Kaiser the opportunity to drive at Daytona for the first time, a daunting experience for any driver. Five-time Rolex 24 winner Hurley Haywood was on hand to give Kaiser some hints and tips for his first time racing at Daytona. Haywood took Kaiser out on the circuit for an exclusive ride in his Daytona-winning 1977 Porsche 911, where Kaiser could fully take in every inch of the track.

‘It was a real privilege to get to ride in Hurley’s Porsche, even if it was very noisy,” Kaiser said. “We drove three laps of the track then he gave me a few pointers on how best to approach racing at Daytona. It was such an honour to be in the same car as Haywood let alone have him giving me tips’

On the opening day of the three-day test Kaiser planned to spend a productive morning at Daytona running plenty of laps, however this unfortunately wasn’t a reality. On Frisselle’s first lap out, a brake rotor exploded and took out the suspension with it. They spent the rest of the morning checking the car out so Ross and the team missed the rest of the session.

Kaiser eventually made it out onto the track in the afternoon and it took a while for him to get in to the swing of things. This was due to the high speed braking into hairpins and the limited number of runs he could have after the time wasted fixing the car due to the previous problems, however, once Kaiser had done a few laps he was soon up to competitive speed.

He reached his quickest time on old tires and hopes he could be a second faster once he is on new tires, and is looking to be competitive when he returns to Daytona for the Jan. 29-30 running of the Rolex 24.

source http://www.grand-am.com

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