ACRL: Borkowski's Mid-Ohio debut

The voodoo doll hanging from Duke Johnson's canopy told the story of Mike Borkowski's American City Racing League debut. The team has been plagued with gremlins all weekend, and Borkowski was unable to turn a competitive qualifying lap. He will...

The voodoo doll hanging from Duke Johnson's canopy told the story of Mike Borkowski's American City Racing League debut. The team has been plagued with gremlins all weekend, and Borkowski was unable to turn a competitive qualifying lap. He will start at the back of the grid, and if the car comes right, he can be expected to make a charge to the front at the green flag of this afternoon's race. The latest problem was an electrical fault, possibly caused by yesterday's coil wire failure.

Problems befell a number of drivers in the Saturday morning qualifying session. No one bettered yesterday's starting positions, although Joe Blacker bettered his qualifying time in his Team Washington DC Lola. Outside front row starter A.J. Smith (Philadelphia) pulled off early in the session with a coil wire adrift, while fourth place qualifier Dan Dubrovich (New York) lost the left front wheel on his Doran, fortunately without further damage to the car. Jason Engel (Columbus) lost an oil inspection fitting and a radiator connection in his brand-new Carbir, laying down a mist of fluid on the track.

Although polesitter John Fergus qualified .9 second ahead of Smith,on Friday afternoon, we can anticipate a renewal of their rivalry from the Road America round, which went to Smith by the narrowest of margins. Further back in the field, sixth through twelfth are separated by less than a second, presaging a spirited battle for those positions. Bob Liebert (Columbus) heads this pack with a time of 1:29.004, with Bart Wolf, David Dullum, Martin Ryba, David Chesrown Jr., John Burke, and Jason Engel all in position to challenge.

The stage is also set for an epic battle in the Classic Sports 2000 (CS2) class, with points leader Jack Banha of Team Philadelphia just sixth tenths of a second behind Team Chicago's Gari Chaffin, who set fast lap for the class in the 1999 Mid-Ohio round. Adam Burrows continued his winning ways in Sports 1600 with yet another class pole position (five for five on the season). Burrows is on his way to a perfect season, with a win from pole position in every race thus far.

Today's race is scheduled to be flagged off at 4pm this afternoon, the only race of the day after a full schedule of practice and qualifying for the CART Champ Cars, Lights, and Barber Dodge series. The race will be the fifth in the ACRL Eastern Division 2001 six-race series for Sports 2000 and Classic Sports 2000 Ford-powered automobiles and Toyota-engined Sports 1600 machines. Drivers compete not only for class position, but also for City Team points, which are determined by the highest aggregate team score.

Current point leaders are: John Fergus, S2; Jack Banha, CS2; Adam Burrows, S16; and Team Philadelphia, team points (by two points over Team Boston).

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Series SCCA
Drivers A.J. Smith , Bob Liebert , John Burke , Duke Johnson , John Fergus , Bart Wolf , Joe Blacker , Adam Burrows