Fontana: Goodyear Racing race report

Goodyear-equipped cars sweep first five spots at Fontana FONTANA, California (June 8, 2003) -- David Donohue and Mike Borkowski won their first race of the season when they co-drove their Porsche-Fabcar to the overall victory in the...

Goodyear-equipped cars sweep first five spots at Fontana

FONTANA, California (June 8, 2003) -- David Donohue and Mike Borkowski won their first race of the season when they co-drove their Porsche-Fabcar to the overall victory in the Rolex Sports Car Series Grand American 400 at California Speedway.

Hurley Haywood and J.C. France finished second in their Porsche Fabcar. The Fabcars competed in the Daytona Prototype class. The Ford Mustang driven by Tommy Riggins and Dave Machavern finished first in the GTS class and third overall.

Goodyear is the exclusive tire supplier for the Daytona Prototype and GTS classes. Goodyear-equipped cars filled the first five finishing positions as Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber finished fourth overall in their Daytona Prototype Chevrolet Doran and the GTS class Mosler driven by Joao Barbosa and Justin Bell finished fifth overall and second in the GTS class.

"This is the fifth time we thought we were going to win," Borkowski said.

The winners averaged 98.043 mph during the 89-lap chase around the 2.8-mile road course.

Donohue said a suspension problem made his car hard on tires. "Our biggest problem was we were so hard on the tires," he said. "Fortunately, they held up."

Donohue got the lead for the first time when he drove by pole sitter Terry Borcheller on the sixth lap and held the top spot for 28 laps before pitting. After the pit stop, with Borkowski driving, GTS leader Boris Said passed the Donohue/Borkowski car for the overall lead, in another Mustang.

Said held the lead for nine laps before pitting to remedy a mechanical problem. The Donohue/Borkowski car swept back into the lead and was not headed the rest of the way.

The Riggins/Machavern Mustang reached as high as second place during the race and finished less than half a second behind the Haywood/France Fabcar.

"Our Goodyear tires performed very well," Riggins said. "We had good grip all day long...In fact, the last time I pitted, we didn't have to change tires. We did, but we didn't have to."

The Ferrari driven by Cort Wagner and Brent Martini won the GT class and finished sixth overall.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Boris Said , Justin Bell , Terry Borcheller , Hurley Haywood , David Donohue , Joao Barbosa , Tommy Riggins , Mike Borkowski , Brent Martini , Forest Barber , J.C. Fra , Cort Wagner