VIR: Fusion Racing/MSR Friday report

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR back to work at VIR (Alton, VA) 21 April 06-- Paul Mears Jr. was back in action on Friday at Virginia International Raceway, as he and Mike Borkowski took to the 3.27-mile natural road course in southern ...

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR back to work at VIR

(Alton, VA) 21 April 06-- Paul Mears Jr. was back in action on Friday at Virginia International Raceway, as he and Mike Borkowski took to the 3.27-mile natural road course in southern Virginia in advance of Sunday's VIR 400.

The opening day went well for the duo, as both Mears and Borkowski were able to put in lots of laps in the Graydon Elliott machine, carding times that has the team just outside the top-ten in the combined practice times from Friday.

"The things we need to do to the car are tiny, it's already really good," said Borkowski. "We just didn't get a clean lap in to put up a time and Rolex is so competitive that losing a few tenths means you are out of the top ten just like that. But, of course today's times don't count for anything, so we should be all set tomorrow."

The race marks the first Rolex start for Paul Mears Jr. since the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona, and the Florida native is feeling like he's already knocked the rust off and is ready to go.

"I feel like an old man doing a young mans job out there!" joked Mears. "But its good to be back in the car again, and this track is really fantastic, very fast, which is how I like my race tracks."

The grid will be set by a qualifying race on Saturday, as the Rolex Series debuts a new qualifying system. The grid for the qualifying race will be set by times from the morning practice.

"I don't like that we basically have a qualifying session in the morning for the qualifying race in the afternoon, but we'll see how everything goes tomorrow," said Borkowski.

-fr/msr

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Borkowski , Paul Mears Jr.