Mont-Tremblant: Bell Motorsports qualifying report

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Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54 Qualifies Ninth Saturday at Mont-Tremblant

MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, May 22 - Rebounding from an accident in the morning practice session, the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need team qualified its Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54 in ninth place for tomorrow's Six Hours of Circuit Mont-Tremblant Rolex series race Saturday at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant.

Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga. handled the driving duties during qualifying for the car he'll share in tomorrow's race with Forest Barber of Fort Worth and Andy Pilgrim of Delray Beach, Fla. The 2003 Daytona Prototype driving champion circled the 2.65-mile, 15-turn road course in 1:30.994 (104.842 mph) on his fifth lap in the 15-minute afternoon qualifying session.

Scott Pruett won the pole in the CompUSA Riley Lexus #01 with a 1:28.575 (107.705 mph).

Borcheller's time was only 0.59 seconds longer than another DORAN JE4 in the field that qualified fourth.

Forest Barber will be the first to tell you that four wheels are better than three unless you're in the tricycle business. The left rear wheel fell off the car while he was driving it in the morning practice session, resulting in a quick trip into the guardrail and tire barrier. Luckily he wasn't hurt.

All three drivers complimented Jim Bell and the rest of the Bell Motorsports team for rebounding from the accident in order to make the qualifying session.

"A wheel fell off and Forest went into the tires and it hurt the car pretty good in the front," Borcheller said after quals. "But the team did a great job getting back out and the car was good. I think I had a 30.5 in it and I did a 30.9; I caught traffic at the downhill right turn, otherwise I would have had another half-second which would have been about another five positions. But it was three seconds faster than we've been all weekend, so it was great."

Barber concurred. "In the first practice session today the wheel nuts came off the left rear wheel at the bottom of the hill in turn two. At the top of the hill the wheel fell off and I had no steering, no brakes and I was just along for the ride. I hit the guardrail and the tire wall. It broke the front splitter, the toe box, the nose and the left-rear hub.

"The team did a phenomenal job to get the car ready for Terry [Borcheller] to qualify," Barber continued. "We had a reasonable qualifying effort. If not for traffic, it would have been even better. The times are very close; I think the cars around us are only a few tenths away from each other.

"It should be a good race," he added. "Terry will start of course. I'm not sure, but I think then it will be Andy [Pilgrim] and then me."

SPEED will cover a great deal of the race live in the states from 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and from 2 p.m. until 5:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Andy Pilgrim , Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber