Homestead: Fusion Racing/MSR preview

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR taking podium momentum to Homestead (Columbus, OH) 22 March 06-- Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR made their first race finish of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal season a ...

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR taking podium momentum to Homestead

(Columbus, OH) 22 March 06-- Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR made their first race finish of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal season a special one, taking to the podium with a sprint to third place in Mexico City earlier this month. The team will be looking to build on that result this weekend in Miami, as the series races into the sunset Saturday night in the Linder Industrials Grand Prix of Miami for round three of the Rolex season.

Mike Borkowski and Kenny Wilden will partner in the Graydon Elliott Lexus-Riley combination, as the No. 6 car now stands tenth in the team championship standings having leapfrogged up seventeen places on the strength of the Mexico City result. Borkowski and Wilden combined for a podium last season at Barber Motorsports Park, and the Miami resident feels as though they have a strong chance at a good result again this weekend.

"I think we are in a good spot with the car and I think we should be pretty fast at Homestead," said Borkowski. "We have good cars everywhere we go, but for some reason, Homestead is a track that just really seems to suit us. We had a car that could have won the race last year. Even though there are a lot of cars entered for this race and the trend is that each year is tougher and tougher, we feel like we should be strong all weekend."

For Borkowski, racing at Homestead means an extra measure of familiarity, as the 2003 Rolex Series Championship runner-up has now made Miami home.

"I'll have a lot of friends and family at the track this weekend to watch and cheer us on, and it's always great to race so close to home," said Borkowski. "I think we are going to put on another great show like we always do, and starting the race before the sun goes down I think is going to add another element for the fans."

The Homestead weekend marks the first Daytona Prototype start at the facility for Wilden, although the Canadian charger has countless laps of competition under his belt in a variety of series at the 2.3-mile infield road circuit.

"I'm really looking forward to it this weekend," said Wilden. "Hopefully the Mexico result is going to give us some momentum for the rest of the season after the tough start we had at Daytona. This is a pretty technical track in the infield and getting into turn one quickly is key, but there is not much room for a mistake there. Fortunately, the track has some pretty good places to make passes, so hopefully traffic won't be that big of an issue this weekend. I am just looking forward to getting up to speed early in the weekend and having a strong car for the race."

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR, which recently announced a new associate sponsorship with Quantex Capital Corporation, a US based equity investment firm, has made a big impression in the Rolex ranks thus far in 2006, leading the Rolex 24 At Daytona before taking the podium in Mexico City, and is looking to continue that pattern again this weekend.

"Coming off a 3rd place finish in Mexico City, we are looking forward to this weekend," said Managing Partner Dennis Bainbridge. "Mike and Kenny had a good test at Homestead in December and we have made quite a bit of progress with the car since then so I think our chances of getting on the podium again are good. The challenge will be staying out of trouble with so many entries on such a small track."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Borkowski , Dennis Bainbridge