Bell Motorsports adds Fittipaldi to lineup

Fittipaldi to Join Borcheller in Kodak Car for Last Four Rolex Races MIAMI, Aug. 18 - A member of a very famous racing family - Fittipaldi - will compete in the last third of the 2004 Grand American Rolex series. Car owner and driver Forest ...

Fittipaldi to Join Borcheller in Kodak Car for Last Four Rolex Races

MIAMI, Aug. 18 - A member of a very famous racing family - Fittipaldi - will compete in the last third of the 2004 Grand American Rolex series.

Car owner and driver Forest Barber announced today that Christian Fittipaldi will join the reigning Daytona Prototype champion, Terry Borcheller, behind the wheel of Bell Motorsports' Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54 for the last four races of the year in that series.

Fittipaldi was part of the team's squad of four drivers when it won the 2004 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in February. (The others were Borcheller, Barber and Andy Pilgrim.) The team also earned the inaugural Daytona Prototype team championship last year with six victories.

Barber will continue to test the car in preparation for the 2005 season, but Fittipaldi will join lead driver Borcheller at Homestead-Miami Speedway Sept. 10-12; Virginia Int'l Raceway Oct. 1-3; Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama Oct. 8-10 and California Speedway Oct. 28-31.

"I'm really excited, especially because I have a chance to go back to the Daytona 24 Hour-winning car," Fittipaldi said. "Hopefully the team, Terry and myself can put four good finishes together so Bell Motorsports will be in a very good position for 2005."

Fittipaldi, born in Sao Paulo, Brazil 33 years ago, is the nephew of Emerson Fittipaldi. He is most well-known as a former Formula 1 driver for Minardi and Arrows, a CART champ car driver for Walker Racing and Newman/Haas, and a NASCAR Nextel Cup driver for Petty Enterprises. He was runner-up and Rookie of the Year at the 1995 Indy 500, and he won the 1993 24 Hours of Spa-Francorchamps in a factory Porsche.

When Fittipaldi races the Kodak EasyShare car at the season-finale at Fontana, Calif. in October he'll be returning to the site of one of his two CART champ car triumphs, as he has victories in that type of car there and at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis.

When he joins Borcheller at Homestead-Miami Speedway in September he'll be making his third Rolex series start. All have been with Bell Motorsports.

The team is headquartered in Miami and Fittipaldi lives in nearby Key Biscayne, Fla., and team owner Jim Bell has called upon him several times to test the Kodak car in that state.

Two such tests were held recently. Fittipaldi shook down the car at Moroso Motorsports Park in Palm Beach, Fla. after it was repaired following a crash in the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona July 1. He also tested the car at Moroso after the Mid-Ohio race earlier this month.

"I've tested the car three or four times this year at Moroso, and once last year at Homestead," Fittipaldi noted.

The team finished fourth at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. last Friday night with Borcheller and Oliver Gavin driving. It is currently sixth in the overall team standings. Borcheller is seventh in the current Daytona Prototype driver standings.

Practice gets underway at Homestead on Friday morning, Sept. 10. The Daytona Prototype class will qualify at 1:15 p.m. the following day. The 250-mile/109-lap/two-hour-and-45-minute race is scheduled to start at noon on Sunday, Sept. 12. It will be broadcast live on SPEED beginning at 1 p.m. that afternoon.

For more information see www.feedstheneedracing.com, www.kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/, www.fittipaldionline.com, www.grandamerican.com, www.tborcheller.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Christian Fittipaldi , Andy Pilgrim , Terry Borcheller , Oliver Gavin , Forest Barber