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Kodak EasyShare Team Finishes 15th In Saturday Night's Rolex Race at PIR PHOENIX, Sept. 10 - Winning the pole on Friday is what the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team will try to remember about Saturday night's Racetickets.com Rolex ...

Kodak EasyShare Team Finishes 15th In Saturday Night's Rolex Race at PIR

PHOENIX, Sept. 10 - Winning the pole on Friday is what the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team will try to remember about Saturday night's Racetickets.com Rolex series race at Phoenix International Raceway. The car was knocked out of contention in turn one on the very first lap when another competitor ran into the rear of the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac. Although both Terry Borcheller and Ralf Kelleners and the rest of the team did their best to soldier on, two incidents later the team called it a night and finished 15th.

Mike Borkowski, who had qualified second, received a one-minute penalty for hitting Borcheller in the rear at the initial start of the two-hour-and-45-minute race. The engine cover flew off the Kodak EasyShare car and various parts were dragging, but the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need team made emergency repairs and Borcheller continued.

"We all make mistakes, but I don't know what he was thinking," Borcheller said afterwards.

The crash caused the car to be loose, but Borcheller was still able to run competitive lap times. The entry was at the back of the field, however, and it went one lap down on lap 33.

Being a lap down, Borcheller was ready and willing to let Cort Wagner by in the New Century Mortage No. 02 on lap 45, but they both had to get through turn one first. Wagner didn't wait and hit the Kodak car in the rear in turn one, causing another spin and more damage, including a flat left rear tire.

More repairs were made and Kelleners got in. He moved up a few spots but then he was involved in a two-pronged accident with the Southard Motorsports No. 3 and the Doran Racing No. 77, and the team called it a night after that one.

"The Kodak EasyShare team did an amazing job to get the car on the pole, and it's unfortunate what happened to us during the race," Borcheller said later. "After the first crash it was real loose, especially on the banking. But we all did the best we could. This team is made up of a lot of diehard pros, and they have all been working extremely hard. We'll try again at Watkins Glen."

The next race, to be held at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y., is coming right up on Sept. 22-24.

Saturday night's race, which was just for the Daytona Prototype class, will be televised on a tape-delayed basis at 4 p.m. ET on Sunday.

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 , Terry Borcheller , Mike Borkowski , Cort Wagner
Teams Doran Racing