Phoenix Drivers Look Forward To Racing in Front of Home Crowd
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (April 07, 2004) -- When the Rolex Sports Car Series heads to Phoenix this weekend for the Food City 250 at Phoenix International Raceway, a handful of drivers will have the luxury of sleeping in their own beds instead of a hotel room during the weekend.
Darren Law, of Phoenix, will co-pilot the Red Bull-Brumos Racing No. 58 Porsche Fabcar with David Donohue during the 250-mile race.
"It's great racing at my home track," Law said. "I love it. Probably the best thing about racing at home is that I get to sleep in my own bed every night."
Mike Fitzgerald, of nearby Fountain Hills, agreed.
"It's easier; not having to sleep in a hotel room is nice," he said. "It's a long drive, about an hour away, but we don't start testing until afternoon at this race, so it's not a big issue. I just wait until the traffic clears and go."
Fitzgerald, co-driver of the Orbit Racing No. 44 Porsche GT3 RS with Jay and John Policastro, will have a larger cheering section for this race and hopes that his son will be his good luck charm.
"I have a lot of friends coming to the race, and my wife will be there with my oldest boy, Alex," Fitzgerald said.
Didier Theys, of Scottsdale, is another local driver who is looking forward to racing in front of his hometown crowd. In 2002, the mayor of Scottsdale gave him a key to the city after he won the Rolex Series championship.
"I was born in Belgium, but I've lived in Scottsdale for many years, and it feels like home to me," Theys said. "One thing that is different (about racing in Phoenix) is that my wife and kids will get to come, so that's nice. I'll be working on our set-up, and won't get to spend a lot of time with them. They understand that, or at least I hope they will!"
Mike Borkowski, also of Scottsdale, enjoys the perks of racing at Phoenix International Raceway. Borkowski will share driving duties with Paul Mears Jr. in the Mears Motorcoach/SpeedSource No. 9 Ford Multimatic.
"It is always great to be racing at home," he said. "You have more friends and family there to root for you, and you get to eliminate travel for a weekend. I am looking forward to it."
Terry Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga, lived in Phoenix for many years before moving last summer. He will co-drive the Kodak EasyShare Bell Motorsports No. 54 Pontiac Doran with Forest Barber.
"I'm very excited to go back to Phoenix," he said. "We have a lot of really, really good friends there who we're missing badly. Not only do we get to visit with them, but we also get the opportunity to invite them to the race. I'll have a suite for the race with Infinity2 the special guests, along with Bondurant and other friends and family."
In addition to the Rolex Series drivers, three Grand-Am Cup drivers also reside near the track. John Shreiner, of Coolidge, will drive the Shreiner Racing No. 30 Mustang Cobra in the Phoenix Grand Sport 200 Friday night. Jason Briedis, of Chandler, will pilot the Briedis Racing No. 78 BMW 330 and Steve Pfeffer, of Scottsdale, will drive the Turner Motorsports No. 97 BMW 330i in the Phoenix Sport Touring 200 on Saturday.
The local drivers can be seen at Phoenix International Raceway in the Rolex Series Food City 250, April 9-10. Tickets can be purchased at www.phoenixraceway.com. The Food City 250 will be broadcast LIVE on SPEED Channel at 9 p.m. ET.
For additional information on the Rolex Sports Car Series, visit www.grandamerican.com