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Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing Wants Another Podium Finish at the Glen With Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 FORT WORTH, June 6 - The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team would like nothing better than to begin June like...

Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing Wants Another Podium Finish at the Glen With Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54

FORT WORTH, June 6 - The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team would like nothing better than to begin June like it did the month of May and be on the podium following a Rolex series race.

The team finished on the podium at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 1. Now drivers Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga.; Ralf Kelleners of Dusseldorf, Germany and Forest Barber of Fort Worth want to do the same thing in the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

The Glen isn't far from the Rochester headquarters of their primary sponsor, Kodak. Their DORAN JE4 Pontiac has carried the colors of the Kodak EasyShare digital camera system ever since it won the 2004 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona, the most prestigious endurance sports car race in North America.

The Kodak car crashed during a practice session before the last race but the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need crew did a masterful job to get it back on the track in time to compete in the Six-Hours of Mont-Tremblant on May 21. Despite rainy conditions for most of the race, Borcheller and Kelleners rewarded the crew's effort with a solid tenth-place finish.

There was a bright spot to the accident too. It forced the car to be sent to Doran Designs' headquarters in Lebanon, Ohio after Mont-Tremblant, where further repairs and updates to the car's suspension were made. The result should be an even better car than the one that finished on the podium at Laguna Seca.

After being on display in downtown Canandaigua, N.Y. tomorrow, Tuesday, June 7 from noon until 7 p.m., the Kodak EasyShare car will be transported to the Glen so it's there in plenty of time for a track test day Thursday.

The official practice sessions that the Daytona Prototype class can participate in are scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. on Friday. One more hour of practice at 2:15 p.m. that day is also on the schedule.

On Saturday there is practice from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m.; an autograph session at 11:30 a.m., and a 15-minute qualifying session at 1:25 p.m.

The six-hour race starts at 10 a.m. on Sunday.

SPEED will cover the race live in two segments. Part 1 is scheduled to air from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., while Part 2 runs from 12:30 p.m. until 4:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.

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, theglen.com, speedtv.com and restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber