DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2000) NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Mike Borkowski is so anxious to get track time as the NASCAR 2000 season opens up, he will return to his roots this weekend and...
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Feb. 3, 2000) NASCAR Busch Series Grand National Division Raybestos Rookie of the Year candidate Mike Borkowski is so anxious to get track time as the NASCAR 2000 season opens up, he will return to his roots this weekend and drive in the Rolex 24 At Daytona.
With his NASCAR Busch Series debut little more than two weeks off in the Feb. 19 NAPA Auto Parts 300 at Daytona International Speedway, Borkowski is already in town. He will drive a GTO class Porsche in the Grand American Road Racing Association's season opener.
But while that harks Borkowski, a Connecticut native, back to his early days of SCCA road racing, he is still mainly concentrating on his No. 20 AT&T Pontiac that he will drive in the NASCAR Busch Series.
Borkowski and his Bill Davis Racing team posted some very impressive numbers recently as more than 30 NASCAR Busch Series teams tested on the 2.5-mile trioval at the "World Center of Racing."
Borkowski recorded the 10th-fastest time during NASCAR Busch Series testing over the two-day session. What was most impressive about that was that Borkowski had never turned a lap here in a stock car until the test.
The newly assembled team managed to post its best test lap, 48.716 seconds, an average speed of 184.744 mph, on the second day of the test. Out of the 33 teams testing, Borkowski posted a lap that was among the best by a "rookie" driver.
Borkowski said at that time that with a little patience and a lot of practice, the team could surprise the circuit.
"I am trying to learn as much as I can about the track and about the car," Borkowski said. "It really takes a lot of patience and a lot of listening to Birdie (crew chief Steve Bird). I trust these guys to guide me around the track.
"Now that I am getting used to the track, I think we can only continue to improve our times."
With the results from the test, team manager Chuck Spicer believes the AT&T Pontiac team now has a strong foundation to build on in preparing for the NAPA Auto Parts 300.
"I think the team has really gelled together," Spicer said. "This is the first time we have all been together at the track, so we are all on a learning curve right now. It is amazing how well this brand new team is working together.
"I am very happy with the team's performance so far. Steve Bird has done an excellent job getting the team prepared, and the team has responded equally well."
An enthusiastic Bird, who has four series championships on his resume, said the test was a great opportunity for the entire team to get focused on the upcoming season.
"If you didn't know that Mike has never been here before, you would have thought that he had raced here a few times already," Bird said. "He's running very well, especially for only his third time in a stock car. I think it is a credit to this team that we are consistently running in the top-10 out of the 33 teams here. We just need to continue to learn from each other and the rest will fall into place."
AT&T Broadband and Internet Services officially announced its two-year relationship as a primary sponsor with Bill Davis Racing at this year's NASCAR Busch Series Preview in Charlotte, N.C.