Fontana: Bell Motorsports Saturday report

Borcheller Qualifies Ninth at Fontana In Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 FONTANA, Calif., April 2 - The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team put the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 on a drastic diet at...

Borcheller Qualifies Ninth at Fontana In Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54

FONTANA, Calif., April 2 - The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team put the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 on a drastic diet at California Speedway Friday. On Saturday the results of the weight loss were already apparent, as Terry Borcheller qualified ninth for Sunday's Ferrari Maserati 400 Rolex series race.

During Friday's practice sessions the team was 16th and 14th.

What's more, Borcheller's fastest lap in qualifying of 1:34.264 (107.698 mph) was only nine-tenths of a second off the pole-winning time of 1:33.356 (108.745 mph).

"Last night everybody on the crew tried to think of at least one thing we could take off the car to save weight," Borcheller said. "We got 18 pounds off, and I think by race time we'll have come down three or four more pounds.

"Ralf [Kelleners, his co-driver here] and I are forgoing all driver comforts; no cool suits, no drink bottles, nothing.

"I'm glad I'm not finishing [the race]!" he added with a smile.

"The car was really good for qualifying," he continued. "We just hit the set-up.

"We had too much understeer, but we still did a lot better than we were running in practice. We're only nine-tenths [of a second] off the pole. I think we'll have a good car for the race."

Qualifying was not without its moments.

"I spun in the chicane in the infield on the last lap," Borcheller explained. " I tried to go flat, and the car didn't like the bumps. If I would have been able to pull that lap off we would have been even higher on the grid."

Tomorrow's race will be broadcast live at 4 p.m. Eastern on SPEED.

For more information, Feeds the Need's Web site is at www.feedstheneedracing.com. The Grand American section of Kodak's Web site is at www.Kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/.

Borcheller's Web site is at www.tborcheller.com and Kelleners' is at www.kelleners-sport.co. Other interesting information can be found at www.grandamerican.com, www.californiaspeedway.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller