Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR storms to podium in Mexico City (Mexico City, Mexico) 4 March 06-- After getting off to a difficult start to the Mexico City 250 race weekend, the Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR Lexus-Riley of Mike...
Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR storms to podium in Mexico City
(Mexico City, Mexico) 4 March 06-- After getting off to a difficult start to the Mexico City 250 race weekend, the Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR Lexus-Riley of Mike Borkowski and Paul Tracy came back strong in the race to finish third in round two of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season on Saturday.
Borkowski started the race from thirteenth on the grid, and moved steadily up the order up into fifth place before turning the car over to Tracy, who rejoined the field in tenth position following the pit stop. Tracy put in another trademark performance, moving the Graydon Elliott machine back up into the top five once again after several close battles through the field. A series of yellow flags set the stage for a pair of restarts as Tracy took maximum advantage to move the car up into third position in the closing laps of the 250-mile event.
"I really had a blast out there racing with Max (Angelelli)-he's pretty much as crazy as I am- we had a really great fight out there, running door handle to door handle all the way down the front stretch," said Tracy. "No matter if we had been fighting over fourteenth place, it was a great battle and that's the kind of racing you get up for in the morning."
The race marks the second consecutive podium for Tracy at the Mexico City track after he scored third in the Champ Car season finale last November, and the Toronto native was happy to have made the most of his opportunity in his run at the high-altitude facility.
"I want to thank Graydon Elliott and Mike Shank for making this opportunity possible, and also really thank Kenny Wilden for stepping out of the car and letting me run this race this weekend," said Tracy. "Without all these guys, it just wouldn't have happened. I kind of got us behind early in the weekend with my crash on Thursday, but the team worked hard and we had a strong race car today. Restarts are pretty much my specialty, and the car was really good under braking so I was able to move up several spots each time."
For Borkowski, who has three overall wins on his Rolex resume, the podium finish was a good way to rebound from a tough start to the season.
"It's great to get a finish under our belt and start working our way back up in the points after not being able to finish Daytona," said Borkowski. "It also feels good to get Graydon Elliott on the podium-we were really focused on getting a finish here this weekend for those guys, and it's even better to get them up on the podium. The car was much better today than it had been all weekend, and Paul did a great job with the restarts to get us some key positions late in the race. This has been a tough weekend all around, so to make it up to third at the finish is really encouraging for us looking forward to the rest of the season."
The podium result was a source of great celebration for the team, which had to overcome several setbacks during the weekend.
"Mike and Paul did a great job today," said Mike Shank. "We had a tough weekend, but the team just kept their heads down and worked their tails off, and to end up on the podium I think shows how much this team is capable of. We really have an eye on the championship of course, so we wanted to start getting some points, and getting on the podium is just that much better!"
Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR will be back in action in three weeks' time at Homestead Miami Speedway for the Linder Industrial Grand Prix of Miami and round three of the 2006 Rolex Sports Car Series season.