Daytona II: Bell Motorsports preview

Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing Wants Another Podium Finish at Daytona Thursday With Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 FORT WORTH, June 27 - Everyone on the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team has been working very hard to...

Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing Wants Another Podium Finish at Daytona Thursday With Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54

FORT WORTH, June 27 - Everyone on the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team has been working very hard to get back into the winner's circle at Daytona International Speedway, site of their victory in the most prestigious endurance sports car race in North America, the Rolex 24 Hours, in 2004 with their Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54.

Due to their previous success here they have to be considered favorites as they return to Daytona this week for the Brumos Porsche 250 Rolex series race on Thursday night, June 30.

The event will be broadcast live on SPEED at 8 p.m. ET.

Drivers Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga. and Ralf Kelleners of Dusseldorf, Germany will be behind the wheel of the Kodak EasyShare car for Thursday night's race, held as a preliminary event to the Pepsi 400 NASCAR NEXTEL Cup race on Saturday night, July 2.

As it does in all races, lucky will play a role. Due to the full holiday weekend racing card there isn't much practice prior to this race, and practice, qualifying and the 250-mile, 70-lap race are all rolled into one very busy program on Thursday. Should a team encounter a problem early in the day and miss a large portion of what little practice time there is, it could very well affect its position in the final rundown.

Rebounding from problems quickly is what endurance sports car racing is all about, however, and the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need crew has proven that it is among the best at solving problems and persevering.

Another challenge the teams will face at Daytona on Thursday is that the 3.56-mile road course's surface is different than it was when they raced on it in February. It should be smoother, offer more grip and thus generate faster lap times since it was resurfaced in late May/early June.

Practice begins at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, with qualifying for the Daytona Prototype class at 1:30 p.m. and the race at 7 p.m. after NASCAR NEXTEL Cup and Busch practice.

-bms

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Terry Borcheller