Watkins Glen: Bell Motorsports Friday report

Kodak EasyShare Friday Report from the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 10 - Feeds the Need Racing's Forest Barber of Fort Worth finished 15th Friday afternoon at Watkins Glen International in a rain-shortened Skip Barber invitational...

Kodak EasyShare Friday Report from the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 10 - Feeds the Need Racing's Forest Barber of Fort Worth finished 15th Friday afternoon at Watkins Glen International in a rain-shortened Skip Barber invitational race.

After qualifying 12th with a time of 2:15.799 (90.133 mph) on the Glen's 3.4-mile Grand Prix course, Barber moved up to 11th at the start but dropped to 13th by the end of lap one. He was in 16th on lap five when the skies started to darken.

Two laps later Barber started drawing nearer to the 15th-place driver, Robert Ward. He bided his time and looked for the best opportunity to make a pass, accomplishing that on lap 10 as the first peal of thunder rang out through "Thunder Valley."

The track officials brought the field onto pit road on lap 11 and called the event complete due to the threat of rain, so Barber couldn't advance any higher. Then the skies really opened up, sending a torrential downpour onto the course and guaranteeing a green race track for tomorrow's action.

Earlier in the day the Feeds the Need/Bell Motorsports team continued to prepare the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex series race.

The team was 12th in the first practice session Friday with a time of 1:48.272 (113.049 mph) and sixth in the second practice session with a 1:47.624 (113.729 mph) lap. In the latter session Ralf Kelleners' fastest lap in the Kodak car was ranked second for a long time, but four other drivers edged ahead of the team in the late stages of the session.

"We're making progress," summarized the team's lead driver, Terry Borcheller.

The Wayne Taylor/Max Angelelli SunTrust No. 10 was the fastest car of the day with a 1:45.097 (116.464 mph) lap in the first session.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Wayne Taylor , Terry Borcheller , Max Angelelli , Skip Barber , Forest Barber