Phoenix: Bell Motorsports DP qualifying report

Kodak EasyShare Team Wins the Pole For Saturday Night's Rolex Race at PIR PHOENIX, Sept. 9 - "Sleeping on things" Thursday night ended up being very rewarding for the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team on Friday night at Phoenix ...

Kodak EasyShare Team Wins the Pole For Saturday Night's Rolex Race at PIR

PHOENIX, Sept. 9 - "Sleeping on things" Thursday night ended up being very rewarding for the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team on Friday night at Phoenix International Raceway.

After careful analysis of the data the team generated on Thursday, the crew worked hard to make significant changes to the set-up of its Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 Friday morning and afternoon. Friday night that hard work paid off when Terry Borcheller put the car on the pole for Saturday night's Phoenix 250 Rolex series race. He was hardly sleeping during the 15-minute qualifying session, as his pole-winning time was just 57.540 seconds for an average speed of 94.473 mph for the 1.51-mile, 11-turn road course.

Mike Borkowski qualified second in the Mears Motor Coach No. 6, exactly one-tenth of a second behind. Luis Diaz will start third tomorrow night in the CompUSA No. 01.

Borcheller, formerly of North Phoenix but now from Gainesville, Ga., will share the Kodak EasyShare car with Ralf Kelleners of Dusseldorf, Germany in tomorrow night's race. Car owner/driver Forest Barber won't be on hand tomorrow due to a family commitment but he was at the track on Friday night to see his car top the scoring pylon, as was Borcheller's family.

"The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need team has been working night and day for months to get the Kodak EasyShare car to this point," Borcheller said afterwards. " Jim Bell and Joe LaJoie gave us a car that was really, really ready for qualifying.

"But really, nobody knows how hard this team has worked," he continued. "We had a tenth-place car yesterday. We had some pretty serious debriefings yesterday. Everybody thought about it overnight. When I saw Joe LaJoie today he said he was up at 6 o'clock this morning to give me a good car.

"With such little practice here yesterday, the data that we downloaded after both sessions was extremely important. We made significant changes to the car between yesterday and today to get us this pole.

"This track is short and it's very hard to get a good set-up here. We have the best engineer in the business in Jim Bell, and Joe LaJoie is excellent too. This is truly a team effort."

The Kodak EasyShare car was the first car in line to go out for qualifying, which was all part of the plan.

"We got caught out at Mid-Ohio, so the boys put the car out first in line because we wanted to get a fast lap in right away," Borcheller said.

His pole-winning lap was his third one.

His experience here helped too.

"With all my experience doing lapping days here with the Bondurant School, I know how this track can change," the polesitter continued. "In two or three minutes it can change dramatically. I think knowing how to read the track helped."

The wind definitely picked up at the track Friday night compared to the previous day, and the desert dust was flying onto the asphalt.

Saturday night's race will be televised on a tape-delayed basis at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.

There is a warm-up for 15 minutes at 6:45 p.m. Saturday and the DP race follows immediately at 7 p.m. The distance is 250 miles, 166 laps or two hours and 45 minutes. The Daytona Prototypes will run without the GT cars for the first time in the history of the DP class.

For more information, Feeds the Need's Web site is at feedstheneedracing.com. The Grand American section of Kodak's Web site is at Kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/.

Borcheller's Web site is at tborcheller.com and Kelleners' is at kelleners-sport.com. Other interesting information can be found at grandamerican.com, phoenixintlraceway.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Luis Diaz , Terry Borcheller , Mike Borkowski , Forest Barber