Daytona II: Bell Motorsports qualifying report

Barber Qualifies 15th for Paul Revere 250 In Kodak EasyShare Doran JE4 Pontiac DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 30 - Forest Barber qualified 15th both in the Daytona Prototype class and overall Wednesday night for Thursday night's Paul Revere 250 Rolex...

Barber Qualifies 15th for Paul Revere 250 In Kodak EasyShare Doran JE4 Pontiac

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., June 30 - Forest Barber qualified 15th both in the Daytona Prototype class and overall Wednesday night for Thursday night's Paul Revere 250 Rolex series race at Daytona International Speedway.

Barber's best lap in the 15-minute qualifying session was a 1:53.594 for an average speed of 112.823 mph in Bell Motorsports' Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54.

Scott Pruett won the pole in the CompUSA Riley Lexus with a 1:46.906 (119.881 mph).

Barber, of Fort Worth, will start on the inside of row eight beside the Southard Motorsports Fabcar BMW when the race begins at approximately 11 p.m. on Thursday, right after NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying for the Pepsi 400. After his stint he'll turn the car over to his co-driver, reigning Daytona Prototype champion Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga.

The 250-mile, 70-lap, two-and-three-quarters-hour race around the 3.56-mile road course will be taped by SPEED for broadcast at noon Sunday.

"We're having a problem with our overall grip," Barber said right after the qualifying session. "It's oversteer more than anything else. The Kodak EasyShare car was the best in qualifying than it's been all day, but we have some work to do. We're going to do some suspension changes. The Pontiac power is good. We made some changes to our gear ratios which helped. Now if we can just make it through the first few laps, we should have a real good race car to give to Terry."

The team was eighth in the first practice session with a 1:51.549 (114.881 mph) and 11th in the second practice session Wednesday afternoon with a 1:52.121 (114.306 mph). It was seventh in the evening practice session with a 1:49.923 (116.591 mph).

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Scott Pruett , Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber