FONTANA, Calif. (June 8, 2003) -- Brumos Racing drivers Mike Borkowski and David Donohue gave up an early lead and then came back to outlast teammates Hurley Haywood and J. C. France, winning the Rolex Sports Car Series Grand American 400 race at California Speedway.
Donohue, who now finds himself in a third place tie in driver points, drove first in the Daytona Prototype #58 Red Bull Porsche Fabcar before turning it over to Borkowski.
"We came in on the first yellow," Donohue said of his pit stop. "We were really hard on the shocks and tires, we've never pushed the car that hard before. If we hadn't come in then, we would have been required to change drivers under green (flag condition) and lose more time."
At the start, pole sitter Terry Borcheller in the #54 Bell Motorsports Chevrolet Doran Daytona Prototype, led the 22-car field down California's front stretch taking the green flag as Donohue followed. Donohue's pursuit was relentless, running low on the oval portion of the course, and soon passed under breaking coming off turn two.
From there, Donohue streaked to a 10 second lead. Borkowski quickly regained the lead after Donohue pitted for their driver change. Borcheller's Chevy dropped several spots mid-race, but came back to finish fourth overall and third in class, and the last car on the lead lap.
Boris Said in the GTS class #11 ACS Express Racing Mustang, made the race interesting just past halfway, drafting then passing the eventual winners for first place overall on lap 53. Just 10 laps later, Said came into the pits and lost several laps while his team worked on the car. The Mustang was no longer a factor and wound up ninth overall, fourth in class.
Before problems with his car, Said had an inspired drive taking second place from France when he spun off course. With 50 of 89 laps completed at that time, Borkowski's advantage over Said had slipped to just a second, followed then by France 32 seconds back, and eventual second place in GTS class Justin Bell.
When Riggins came in for a driver change, he relinquished his lead to class points leader Joao Barbosa's #31 Mosler Automotive Mosler MT900R. Barbosa then pulled into the pits while Boris Said jumped in his Mustang, which came out third overall. The race was on.
Riggins commented on his class win. "We got the motor where we wanted it before the race and ran pretty strong. Our gearing was off earlier in the weekend because we didn't get a lot of experience here last year. I had to send the transmission out to be serviced."
In GT racing, Cort Wagner and Brent Martini of Scuderia Ferrari Racing, claimed class victory after starting from the pole. "We picked up a new car last week and it was really a joy to drive," Wagner said.
The pair battled with the Porsches of Rosser Racing's Blake Rosser and Randy Pobst, who finished second, and third-place Johannes Van Overbeek and David Murray of Rennworks Motorsports.