Daytona 24: MSR/Fusion Racing Friday report

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR fastest in final Daytona practice (Daytona Beach, FL) 27 January 06-- Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR posted the fastest lap in final practice for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, as Paul Tracy topped the...

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR fastest in final Daytona practice

(Daytona Beach, FL) 27 January 06-- Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR posted the fastest lap in final practice for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, as Paul Tracy topped the sheets with a fast lap time of 1:44.933-seconds at Daytona International Speedway on Friday.

The time was quicker than the one Tracy had set in qualifying, giving the team even more confidence as the Graydon Elliott with MSR team makes final preparations for Saturday's noon start, which will be carried live by Speed Channel.

Tracy, who was stymied in his effort to take the pole on Thursday, had the spring back in his step on Friday after emerging from the Lexus/Riley combination with the car atop the sheets.

"I wish we'd had this car yesterday in qualifying!" joked Tracy. "I think we could have been on pole, but at least now we are right back in the game with the car and I think we are really going to be in the hunt. It's a long race and speed is only one factor, but it's a good confidence boost for us getting ready for tomorrow."

Tracy will be sharing the car with Paul Mears, Mike Borkowski, and Kenny Wilden as he chases one of motorsport's crown jewels. The team has been at the sharp end of the timing sheets ever since testing earlier this month, and will line up 14th on the grid for the start on Saturday.

"This is a great way to end a session before the race," said Mike Shank. "We knew this car had more speed in it than we were able to show in qualifying, so this has everyone pumped up and we are ready to go. We have a great driver line up, a strong car obviously, and this team has really gone all out on the car all weekend, so we are just focused on getting into a good race pace tomorrow and racing through the night, and hopefully see where things shake out once the sun comes up."

The 44th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona will get started on Saturday, as seventy cars will line up for the green flag in the quest for one of racings most portable trophies-the Rolex watch that adorns the wrist of each race winner.

Speed Channel will be providing over thirteen hours of live coverage, commencing with the race start and following the final hours to the checkered flag.

-msr/fusion

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Tracy , Mike Borkowski