Birmingham: Lexus race report

BORKOWSKI/CONSTANTINE LEAD LEXUS TRIO INTO THE TOP 10 AT BARBER BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 30, 2006) -- Mike Borkowski and Tommy Constantine combined to drive their ...

BORKOWSKI/CONSTANTINE LEAD LEXUS TRIO INTO THE TOP 10 AT BARBER

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (July 30, 2006) -- Mike Borkowski and Tommy Constantine combined to drive their #6 Playboy Racing/Mears Motorcoach Lexus-Riley to a seventh-place finish in Sunday's Barber 250 as all three Lexus-powered cars finished in the top 10 at the tight Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham, Ala.

Following Borkowksi and Constantine in the Lexus camp were Michael Shank Racing teammates Oswaldo Negri and Mark Patterson in ninth in their #60 Flight Options Lexus-Riley, and the #01 CompUSA Lexus driven by Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz, who placed 10th.

Sunday's event marked the third consecutive race that Michael Shank Racing placed both of his Lexus-powered entries into the top-10, with Borkowksi having co-driven to consecutive top-seven showings after a sixth at Daytona with Paul Tracy.

The two-hour and 45-minute race didn't end nearly as well for Pruett and Diaz in their Ganassi Racing entry as Pruett lost what appeared to be a certain sixth-place finish on the last lap when he was forced off the track by the #75 Krohn Racing entry.

"The whole situation is pretty frustrating to be honest," said Pruett. "The #75 car ran me off the track on the last lap. We didn't have the fastest car today, but we managed to get to sixth by the end, and we were willing to take that. But to have what happened drop us back to 10th really upsets me. I know Grand American will do the right thing and take the appropriate actions, but there is nothing they can do to make up for what we lost in the championship points race today."

Next up for the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series is Watkins Glen International for the Crown Royal 200 on August 11.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Tracy , Luis Diaz , Mike Borkowski , Oswaldo Negri Jr. , Mark Patterson , Michael Shank
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing