Kelleners Qualifies Tenth for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex Series Race With Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 11 - Anyone posing the old question "Car 54, where are you?" before the start of ...
Kelleners Qualifies Tenth for Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen Rolex Series Race With Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., June 11 - Anyone posing the old question "Car 54, where are you?" before the start of Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International just needs to look in the tenth starting spot. That's where Ralf Kelleners qualified the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac Saturday afternoon.
The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing entry was timed in 1:47.305 for an average speed of 114.067 mph during the 15-minute qualifying session Saturday on the Glen's 3.4-mile long road course.
Kelleners, of Dusseldorf, Germany, will take the green alongside the Orbit No. 39 in row five at the start of the 46-car race. His co-drivers will be Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga. and Forest Barber of Fort Worth.
The car was 14th in the morning practice session with a 1:48.444 (112.869 mph).
Kelleners was disappointed that the car didn't qualify faster. "We've progressed [since Thursday's test day], but since this morning we went backwards," Kelleners said. "We have to find out why."
The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need team will go over the data and try to find even more speed for tomorrow's race.
Still it should be noted that only 1.618 seconds separated tenth from the pole-winning time recorded by the SunTrust team in this very competitive series, and anything can happen in a six-hour race.
Tomorrow's event is guaranteed to be especially grueling due to the humid conditions that the area is experiencing now. Adding to the equation is the fact that thunderstorms are predicted to hit at any time, especially in the afternoons.
Earlier on Saturday Barber finished 14th in a Skip Barber invitational race here, taking the checkered sandwiched between Jeff Relic and Michele Marden. On Friday afternoon he finished 15th in a similar event after a good battle with Robert Ward.
"It was fun!" Barber said after Saturday's race. "I got passed by five cars and then I passed them back, so really I felt like I got ninth!" he added with a smile.
Sunday's six-hour Rolex series race starts at 10 a.m.
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.