Doran Racing has announced an impressive driver line-up for the annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, on the back of the recent announcement that the team will carry backing from McDonalds in the round the clock event.
Full-season drivers Memo Gidley and Brad Jaeger will be joined at the wheel of the #77 Doran-Dallara Ford by Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin as the team seeks to secure a winning start to the new campaign.
"We have four extremely capable drivers, all of whom have experience with this team and this race, a well-sorted car capable of running at the front and one of the most famous companies in the world on board as a full-season sponsor," team boss Kevin Doran said. "The team scored eleven top-ten finishes last season, eight of them in a row. We ran consistently in the top-ten in the three-day 'Roar Before the Rolex 24' testing session at Daytona International Speedway, so we have the knowledge and the tools and having McDonald's on board provides us with the resources and motivation to take the effort to a whole new level.
“We expect to make additional sponsor announcements as companies with which we are in discussions decide to take advantage of a hot team on the way up. This is a great organization presented with a great opportunity and we expect to put the #77 McDonald's car up front this season."
Gidley will go into his fifth season in the Daytona Prototype class in 2009 and his third with the Doran Racing team. With the new backing for the season ahead, he said he was hopeful of a strong start to the year.
“I'm excited to have McDonald's on board this season because they're a company built on efficient teamwork and attention to detail, which are the core values of Doran Racing and the foundation of success in racing," he said. "The team has been working hard in the off-season and have made a lot of improvements, both major and minor, to the car. In the last big test at Daytona a month ago, it proved very consistent and easy to drive. All the drivers are fast and steady and everybody got plenty of laps during the test, so the entire team is comfortable and up to speed.
“This is my third season with the Doran Racing team, and this is the strongest we've been heading into the Rolex 24. A 24-hour race is the essence of unpredictability, but luck aside, we're set for a strong performance."