Birmingham: Bell Motorsports race report

Kodak EasyShare Team Almost Finishes Third at Barber Motorsports Park Sunday BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 10 - The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team and drivers Terry Borcheller and Christian Fittipaldi were contenders throughout Sunday's ...

Kodak EasyShare Team Almost Finishes Third at Barber Motorsports Park Sunday

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 10 - The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team and drivers Terry Borcheller and Christian Fittipaldi were contenders throughout Sunday's Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant Rolex series race at Barber Motorsports Park.

The race was held under rainy conditions, and unfortunately just four laps from the end the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac went out of control while running third and slammed into the guardrail in turn 10. Fittipaldi was behind the wheel at the time and luckily he escaped unhurt, but the car received extensive damage.

Seeing what looked like a sure podium position disappear coupled with having to repair a damaged race car before the season finale at California Speedway Oct. 31 was certainly not a just reward for the performance the team recorded here. Borcheller qualified second and the car was always in the hunt in a race where weather conditions played just as much a role as the other competitors.

The team's official order of finish was 22nd overall and 12th in the Daytona Prototype class.

The team stayed on slick Goodyears throughout the two-hour-and-45-minute, 87-lap contest, which was slowed six times for 32 laps. Borcheller drove the first 50 laps before Fittipaldi took over, and both drivers were as high as second at different points in the race. Fittipaldi's battles with Scott Pruett in the CompUSA Riley Lexus and Max Angelelli in the SunTrust Riley Pontiac were the two best battles of the entire race.

Elliott Forbes-Robinson and Butch Leitzinger won the event in the Boss Snowplow Crawford Pontiac over the SunTrust #10 and the CompUSA No. 01.

The race was broadcast live on SPEED.

For more information see www.feedstheneedracing.com, www.kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/, www.tborcheller.com, www.fittipaldionline.com, www.barbermotorsports.com, www.grandamerican.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

Quotes follow:

Terry Borcheller: "Our Kodak EasyShare car was good. The rain has favored our car in the past. I felt we were in a good position and I think we had a chance to go all the way. We could stay in the front all day, and that was a good feeling for us. Our pit strategy was great. The Bell Motorsports team had the car prepared very well. Jim [Bell] and Joe [LaJoie, engineers] did a great job giving us a good car right from the very beginning."

Christian Fittipaldi: "I'm OK, but I saw stars. It happened going into the fast chicane. I got out of the car fast because I was afraid someone else might spin in the same place. I probably moved it over three inches from the line I had been taking, and it just got away from me and I went into the guardrail hard. The car was good; we were just hanging on to the top three before the crash. I was thinking about the end and I wasn't going to do a banzai move or anything, but I was waiting for the very end of the race and I was going to go all out then. Earlier I had a good battle with Max [Angelelli]. Some places his car was better than mine and other places my car was better than his. When he passed me he went by me clean. The 4, 10 and 54 cars were running virtually identical; we were faster than the rest of the field today."

Jim Bell (team owner): "It's fixable; everything is fixable. It'll be a thriller getting it ready for Fontana though."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Butch Leitzinger , Christian Fittipaldi , Scott Pruett , Elliott Forbes-Robinson , Terry Borcheller , Max Angelelli