Fittipaldi and Borcheller Finish Sixth at Homestead in Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 5 - The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac started fourth, not fifth in Saturday's Miami...
Fittipaldi and Borcheller Finish Sixth at Homestead in Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54
HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 5 - The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac started fourth, not fifth in Saturday's Miami Grand Prix at Homestead-Miami Speedway and it ended up sixth, but not before Christian Fittipaldi led 22 laps of the 109-lap contest.
The only driver who led more laps was Max Angelelli, who along with Wayne Taylor went on to win the race in the SunTrust Riley Pontiac.
Fittipaldi qualified fifth but he started fourth when the second-place car, the Crown Royal Special Reserve DORAN JE4 Lexus, had to go to the rear of the Daytona Prototype field for the green flag because it changed its engine prior to the start.
Fittipaldi wasted no time, passing polesitter Darren Law for third by lap four. After a couple of early yellows he suddenly found himself leading the entire pack by lap 12, and he didn't relinquish the lead until lap 33 when tire wear forced him to fall back.
The entry was eighth when it made its only pit stop of the day on lap 55, getting fuel, four fresh Hoosiers and letting Fittipaldi get out to be relieved by Terry Borcheller. It slipped to 13th due to the stop but it wasn't long before Borcheller had battled back to sixth. He had a spirited duel with Scott Pruett near the end but could advance no higher, and that's where the team finished.
The race was televised live on SPEED.
Christian Fittipaldi: "It was fun leading for so long! I'm a little disappointed because we had a good overall car; we just need to find some more downforce somewhere. We just need some more overall grip. When the tires were new we could definitely run with anybody, but as they wore the car was slipping around a lot."
Terry Borcheller: "The glare from the sun hampered my run. I didn't use the right visor on my helmet, and in the hairpin I couldn't even see the side of the track. I am kicking myself because I should have used a different visor.
"I had a good battle with the 01 car; I think it was Pruett. We'll take sixth."
Forest Barber (car owner): "Everybody on our team did a great job. We led part of the race and we almost had a top-five. It was a good day."
For more information, Feeds the Need Racing's Web site is at www.feedstheneedracing.com. The Grand American section of Kodak's Web site at www.Kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/.
Fittipaldi's Web site is at www.fittipaldionline.com and Borcheller's is at www.tborcheller.com. Other interesting information can be found at www.grandamerican.com, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.