Mid-Ohio: Qualifying report

Borcheller puts Chevy on pole at Mid-Ohio. LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 27, 2003) - Terry Borcheller earned his second Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series pole of the season during qualifying for the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports...

Borcheller puts Chevy on pole at Mid-Ohio.

LEXINGTON, Ohio (June 27, 2003) - Terry Borcheller earned his second Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series pole of the season during qualifying for the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. The Phoenix resident turned a 1:23.132 lap at 97.782 mph to put the Bell Motorsports #54 Chevy-powered Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype in the pole position for Saturday evening's 250-mile race.

David Donohue threatened but could not put together a quicker lap time during the 15-minute qualifying session and will start the #58 Red Bull Porsche-engined FABCAR Daytona Prototype of Brumos Racing from the outside pole position.

"The Doran is working really, really well. We've made some improvements to help us with the braking capabilities. That's where the FABCAR has tended to have a little bit of an advantage is under braking. We've done some work in regards to getting the car to be able to stop better, and we hit the set up just really, really good. The car's awesome," said Borcheller picking up the pole.

"Terry is always showing more in qualifying than he is in practice. I was worried when he was right there in practice, because that means that qualifying is going to be a handful. I figure I need two seconds on him in practice to be able to outqualify him," said Donohue, who clocked a 97.687 mph lap in 1:23.213. "It's impressive to see how close the cars are considering they are completely different takes on the rules. It's this early in the game and the cars are already that close.

"We're happy though. The Red Bull Porsche is on the front row again. The last two times I've started second it ended well for us. It's bad luck to be superstitious, but I'll take it," added Donohue whose car has won the last two Rolex Series races after being awarded the number two grid position.

Stu Haynor will start the Sky Blue Racing #29 Mustang from inside the second row thanks to his 1:23.524 lap at 97.323 mph.

"We've been struggling a little bit this weekend with carburetion problems, and we got it figured out right in the last lap of practice. Going into qualifying we knew that we were going to be better, but we didn't know we'd be that good," said Haynor, who was awarded the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge $1,000 bonus for posting the fastest time in the GTS class.

Mark Hupfer earned his first-ever Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge bonus for turning the quickest lap in the GT class. Hupfer clocked a 1:28.965 lap at 91.371 mph at the wheel of the Acme Motorsport #84 Porsche GT3 RS.

"It feels pretty good (to get the class pole). I was kind of surprised with the time we ran that nobody was faster based on the times this morning. I feel pretty good about it," said Hupfer. "As long as we save the tires and conserve the tires pretty well during the race, we'll be alright."

Collision in Practice Leaves GT Points Leader Questionable

A collision during the Rolex Series practice session today took the Cegwa Sport #3 Toyota Daytona Prototype out of Saturday's race and has left the Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360GT questionable.

The two cars collided in turn four after the Toyota spun and stalled on track. A few moments later the Ferrari came around the blind corner and slid into the Toyota, resulting in major right front damage to the Toyota and right rear damage to the Ferrari.

The Cegwa Sport Toyota will be forced to sit out Saturday's 250-mile race due to chassis damage, while the Ferrari of Washington team, which currently leads the GT driver and team owner point standings, is still questionable for the race.

Brumos #59 Porsche Bounces Back

Heading into the Rolex Series' three-race stretch within 12 days, Brumos Racing #59 Porsche Daytona Prototype crew chief Jim Bailie said, "The secret to this is getting through three races unhurt." Unfortunately the #59 Porsche was unable to make it through the first of the three races in one piece. When a Corvette blew its motor in front of the Porsche last weekend, the oil spill sent the Daytona Prototype into the wall resulting in heavy front end damage.

With the substantial damage sustained by the Porsche, many wondered if the points-leading team would be ready for this weekend's Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic. However the Brumos team was committed to having the #59 Porsche on track for Thursday's test session.

Rather than heading straight to Ohio from Watkins Glen International last Sunday, the team traveled to the chassis builder FABCAR's headquarters in Indianapolis, Ind.

"We repaired the chassis. The chassis was bent and it had some pick up points that were pushed in. We had to put the car back on the fixture that it was actually made in, straighten the chassis out and replace the pick up points. And that was it. It took about a day and a half and about 45 man-hours," explained FABCAR creator David Klym. "While we were doing that, the Brumos gang was preparing the suspension to be put back on the car again. So it worked out pretty well. It was sort of a team effort."

Bailie said that the Brumos team replaced nearly every piece of the car from the cockpit forward, from the suspension to the brand-new under tray the team had added just before the Watkins Glen event.

Brumos team owner Bob Snodgrass was pleased with the effort put forth by his team to insure the #59 Porsche would make it to Mid-Ohio on time. "I think after you have a major incident like we had at Watkins Glen what you see when a car is back here racing four days later is the character of the team and the integrity of the people working on the team, and absolutely the spirit that they aren't going to give up nor let anything stand in their way," said Snodgrass.

The Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic will get underway at 6 p.m. on Saturday evening. The race will be broadcast on SPEED Channel on Sunday, June 29 at noon ET.

Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course is located approximately halfway between Columbus and Cleveland, off Interstate 71. For event information and tickets, call 1-800-MID-OHIO or visit www.midohio.com.

For more information about the Rolex Series and Grand-Am Cup Series, visit www.grandamerican.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller , David Donohue , Mark Hupfer , Bob Snodgrass