After impressing team owner Kevin Doran Sunoco Rolex 24 At Daytona Challenge winner Ross Kaiser is to join Doran Racing for the 49th running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on 29-30 January 2011.
Kaiser, the 2010 Radical UK Cup champion won the chance to race at Daytona through the competition set up by Anglo-American Oils, seeing off more recognisable names from both British Formula Three and British GT. He had ealier travelled to American for a Grand-Am test at Virginia International Raceway (VIR), running in the team's Ford engine Dallara which runs in the Daytona Prototype class of the championship.
“At VIR, I got acclimatised with the new car and the surroundings – and it felt pretty good,” Kaiser said. “Racing in the Rolex 24 is a dream come true. I'm looking forward to maximizing this opportunity, racing in one of the biggest events in the world – you get the broadest cover of drivers from all disciplines – it's the best of the best.”
“Ross's speed at our test at Virginia International Raceway was really perfect for the Rolex 24,” Doran said. “He was already competitive after only one day in the DP. I'm glad that it worked out that we're getting him in the McDonald's car for the Rolex 24. I think we've got a good shot at winning the race with Ross and three other top-notch guys.”
The Doran squad is one of the front runners in the championship and Kevin Doran himself has an illustrious past, having won the Daytona 24 Hours six times in various roles – from team member to car manufacturer.
Last year his squad finished tenth with Derek Johnston – the winner of the inaugural Challenge and another Radical race – as part of the team.
Before the race itself Kaiser will have one more test in 2010 – at Homestead, Florida on 1-2 December before a test at Daytona itself during the 'Roar Before The 24' event on7-9 January.
Kaiser's co-driver for the no.77 McDonalds sponsored car will announced in the near future.