Birmingham: Bell Motorsports Saturday report

Borcheller Qualifies Second Saturday at Barber in Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 9 - Terry Borcheller is a very personable man. So, when Christian Fittipaldi, his co-driver of Bell Motorsports' Kodak EasyShare DORAN...

Borcheller Qualifies Second Saturday at Barber in Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac

BIRMINGHAM, Ala., Oct. 9 - Terry Borcheller is a very personable man.

So, when Christian Fittipaldi, his co-driver of Bell Motorsports' Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54, told him that he wasn't going to talk to him if Borcheller didn't qualify on the front row for Sunday's Porsche 250 Rolex series race, Borcheller tried extra-hard.

Fittipaldi was only teasing, but the result was the team's best qualifying result of the season to date: second. Borcheller's fastest lap in Saturday's 15-minute qualifying session for the Daytona Prototype class at Barber Motorsports Park here registered as 1:20.907 on Grand American's timing and scoring computers. That works out to an average speed of 102.340 mph.

The top 10 Daytona Prototypes were all under the track qualifying record Saturday.

That mark was re-established by Max Papis in the pole-winning CompUSA Riley Lexus, which ran a lap in 1:20.613, which works out to an average speed of 102.713 mph while traveling around the 2.33-mile, 16-turn road course.

Borcheller's fastest lap took only two-tenths of a second longer.

His fastest lap was his third one, and it was recorded prior to the team bringing the car into the pits for a tire pressure adjustment.

Motivation aside, Fittipaldi was confident that the team, which won this race last year with Borcheller and car owner Forest Barber driving, could do well in qualifying today. On Friday he predicted that Borcheller would qualify first or second. Borcheller, Barber and team owner Jim Bell all thought that was a little optimistic at the time, but Borcheller turned Fittipaldi's positive thinking into reality Saturday afternoon under dry but damp and humid conditions.

It also gave both men a lot to talk about.

"I had a clean track and a clean lap," Borcheller said. "The Bell Motorsports team has been working hard to get the Kodak EasyShare car as good as it can be when it needs to be good, and I think we came pretty close to that today. If the lap had been just a little bit cleaner, it would have been the pole.

"Christian told me he wasn't going to talk to me if I didn't put it on the front row, so I knew I had to do my best."

Since he was the qualifying driver, Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., will start tomorrow's race, which will be broadcast live on SPEED starting at 1 p.m. Eastern time. Fittipaldi, of Key Biscayne, Fla. will drive during the second half of the two-hour-and-45-minute contest.

Borcheller is the reigning Daytona Prototype driver champion and Bell Motorsports won the 2003 Daytona Prototype team championship.

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.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Christian Fittipaldi , Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber