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The Kodak EasyShare Team Gears Up For Friday Night's CompUSA 200 at the Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 9 - It's approximately 66 miles from Kodak's headquarters in Rochester, N.Y. to Watkins Glen International, so the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the...

The Kodak EasyShare Team Gears Up For Friday Night's CompUSA 200 at the Glen

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 9 - It's approximately 66 miles from Kodak's headquarters in Rochester, N.Y. to Watkins Glen International, so the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing Rolex series team and drivers Terry Borcheller and Ralf Kelleners hope they'll have a lot of support as they field the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 in Friday night's CompUSA 200 at the Glen.

Fans that are unable to make it to the track can watch the race on a same-day, tape-delayed basis when the 200-mile/82-lap/two-hour race airs on SPEED at 10 p.m. Eastern time Friday night.

But there's nothing like being at the Glen to see the action in person and to cheer on one's favorite car. This is the second of three Rolex series events at the Glen this year in which the Kodak endurance sports car is appearing. This race is being run on the track's NASCAR Busch and NEXTEL Cup weekend, and the Kodak employees will also be cheering for rookie Travis Kvapil in the Kodak/Jasper Engines Dodge No. 77 in Sunday's SIRIUS Satellite Radio at the Glen NEXTEL Cup stock car race.

The Kodak EasyShare endurance sports car will also be racing at the Glen during the Sept. 23-25 weekend when the Indy Racing League Indy cars make their first visit to the picturesque road course.

But right now all thoughts and energies are focused on getting the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 ready for qualifying on Thursday at 3:45 p.m. and the race on Friday at 6 p.m.

The team is extremely positive going into this week's event thanks to its excellent fifth-place finish at the last race, held on July 31 at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala.

This weekend the action is on the Glen's 2.45-mile, 11-turn short course instead of its 3.37-mile long course. Borcheller holds the record for setting the fastest race-lap ever run by a Daytona Prototype on the short course when he did a lap in only 1:10.699 for an average speed of 124.754 mph in August 2003. The Gainesville, Ga.-based driver and car owner/driver Forest Barber of Forth Worth went on to victory in that event.

The team finished fourth in this race last year with Borcheller and Oliver Gavin driving.

This time Borcheller will be joined by Kelleners, of Dusseldorf, Germany. They have a great deal of experience as co-drivers and together they'll work hard to help team owner Jim Bell and the rest of the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team arrive at a good set-up for the car in preparation for Friday night's race.

Practice gets underway with a one-hour session at 11 a.m. on Thursday followed by another hour of practice at 2 p.m. The Daytona Prototype class will qualify at 3:45 p.m. Only one more hour of practice before the race is scheduled; that practice session will start at 7 p.m.

The schedule shows an autograph session on Friday at 2:30 p.m. before the race starts at 6 p.m., right after NASCAR Busch series and NEXTEL Cup practice. Twenty-three Daytona Prototypes and 24 GT cars are entered.

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 , Travis Kvapil