Daytona II: Race report

Bell Motorsports wins under the lights in Paul Revere 250 DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 2003) -- Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber won their second Rolex Sports Car Series race in less than a week with their victory in the Paul Revere 250 at ...

Bell Motorsports wins under the lights in Paul Revere 250

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (July 4, 2003) -- Terry Borcheller and Forest Barber won their second Rolex Sports Car Series race in less than a week with their victory in the Paul Revere 250 at Daytona International Speedway. After his first-ever qualifying attempt in the Bell Motorsports #54 Chevy Doran JE4 Daytona Prototype, Barber started in the sixth position and Borcheller brought it home to the checkered flag.

"It feels good win to win overall at Daytona. It's a big reward for (the team) and a big boost for Forest and I going into the next race," said Borcheller, whose team also won the Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic last Saturday. "Forest did a great job. We changed the strategy and he stepped up like a champ and qualified awesome and ran awesome in the first stint, and here we are."

The Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang picked up its fourth-straight GTS class victory, as well as a second-place finish overall, earning the team a $14,000 bonus in the Acxiom Grand Touring Challenge. Drivers Tommy Riggins and David Machavern also unofficially claimed the lead in the GTS driver point standings following their win.

"We want to thank Acxiom for participating in the series. Obviously, this feels great. The team did a great job today. Tommy drove well. We are very pleased right now," said driver Dave Machavern.

David Donohue and Mike Borkowski took over the points lead in the unofficial Daytona Prototype driver point standings following their second-place finish in the class and third place overall in the #58 Red Bull Porsche Daytona Prototype of Brumos Racing. While most teams took advantage of the first full course caution on lap 30 of the 70-lap race for their driver changes, the Red Bull team only took on fuel and fresh tires, leaving Donohue at the wheel.

"We knew the Doran was probably going to be quicker once Terry got in, and the driver change usually takes a few seconds longer. We knew we would be really close to putting them a lap down, and we thought we did," explained Borkowski. "We knew Terry would be on a rampage. It was a matter of hoping and wishing for the next (pit) window to come. Our stops got screwy and out of sequence so it was kind of a weird deal."

The double yellow on lap 30 was brought out when the ChevyLeavy.com Racing Team #18 Camaro spun into Hurley Haywood in the Brumos Racing #59 Porsche and Joao Barbosa in the #31 Captain Cra-z Soap Mosler MT900R of Mosler Automotive, both of which were leading their respective class driver point standing heading into the race. The damage sustained to both race cars cost them several laps while in the pits for repairs and ultimately their points leads.

The Scuderia Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari 360GT took home top honors in the GT class, as well as fourth place overall. Drivers Brent Martini and Cort Wagner unofficially reclaimed their lead in the class driver point standings after losing it last week when their new Ferrari was severely damaged during practice and not 100 percent in the race, forcing the team to bring its older car out of retirement.

"We got luck left in the car and in the drivers. It's so great to come back and use the old car and reward the team who has spent the last week or four days doing the impossible getting the old car ready. It didn't have a motor in it, didn't have seats. I don't think they have had more than three hours sleep for days, so I thank the Ferrari of Washington guys," said Martini.

The Rosser Racing #25 Porsche GT3 RS and Marcus Motorsports #69 BMW M3 rounded out the GT podium with their second- and third-place finishes, respectively.

NASCAR Winston Cup driver Kyle Petty was a late-race addition to the Gunnar Racing #6 Porsche GT1 entry and helped carry the team to a second-place finish in the GTS class and seventh overall.

"Six hours ago, I didn't have a ride here. Now, we're second with Team Gunnar. It's just really good to drive with Shane Lewis and Peter (Baron) and these guys. They did all the work. I just rode around there. I was in the middle part (of the driving shift). I was the cream in the Oreo," said Petty.

The Jack Lewis Enterprise #72 Porsche GT3 Cup took third in the GTS class.

The Cegwa Sport #3 Toyota finished out the Daytona Prototype podium with a ninth-place finish overall. Although the G&W Motorsports #8 BMW Picchio Daytona Prototype lead for a number of laps at the start of the race, a collision, which brought out the second full-course caution, retired the car of Darren Law and NASCAR's Geoffrey Bodine to the garage with front end damage.

The Rolex Sports Car Series will travel next to Watkins Glen International where it will once again team with the NASCAR Winston Cup Series. Tickets to the Rolex Series Bully Hill Vineyards 250, as well as the entire NASCAR weekend at The Glen, can be purchased online at www.theglen.com.

ROLEX SERIES DRIVER QUOTES

Terry Borcheller
Bell Motorsports #54 Chevy Doran Daytona Prototype - Overall Winner

"It feels good to overall at Daytona. It's a big reward for them and a big boost for Forest and I going into the next race. Forest did a great job. We changed the strategy and he stepped up like a champ and qualified awesome and ran awesome in the first stint, and here we are."

Forest Barber
Bell Motorsports #54 Chevy Doran Daytona Prototype - Overall Winner

"I do feel good about it. It 's been a few good races for the team as a whole. I have felt more comfortable in the car as time goes on. My goal is to get consistently better and stay out of trouble. What a thrill it is to win in Daytona. It's great. We are real happy to be here and grateful."

Tommy Riggins
Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang - Winner GTS class

"We have got to be happy with the class win and then we gained some points on the Mosler. Unfortunately they had some difficulty. We're getting greedy. We see the Prototypes up there and we thing we can run with them. We're happy with how it turned out. We had a few issues with the car, just little things. We overcame them and the race just worked out for us."

Dave Machavern
Heritage Motorsports #48 Mustang - Winner GTS class

"We want to thank Acxiom for participating in the series. Obviously, this feels great. The team did a great job today. Tommy drove well. We are very pleased right now."

David Donohue
Brumos Racing #58 Porsche FABCAR- Second place Daytona Prototypes

"A lot more than I expected. He surprised me in practice. He was really strong getting off the corners. As usual we have problems getting into the corners and braking. He was really powerful getting off. I figured I would just bide my time. I figured I would just hunt around. We had some real setup issues on our car. The whole Brumos racing team has been working real hard just like everybody. It would have been nice to win. I'm more concerned about Terry. If the Brumos car is in the lead, I'm happy whether it's me and Mike or Hurley and JC. It's a real team effort. There's a very thin line between the cars. Terry's closing in quick and he's coming on strong every race."

Mike Borkowski
Brumos Racing #58 Porsche FABCAR - Second place Daytona Prototypes

"We knew the Doran was probably going to be quicker once Terry got in, and the driver change usually takes a few seconds longer and we knew it would be really close and we'd put them a lap down, and we thought we did. We were banking on trying to make that pit stop as close as possible. We knew Terry would be on a rampage. It was a matter of hoping and wishing for the next window to come. Our stops got screwy and out of sequence so it was a kind of a weird deal. I feel bad for David running so long but he did a great job the whole time. We are more worried about the Doran and Terry than anybody. The points race is too close for comfort."

Kyle Petty
Gunnar Racing #6 Porsche GT1 - Second-place GTS class

"Six hours ago, I didn't have a ride here. Now, we're second with Team Gunnar. It's just really good to drive with Shane Lewis and Peter (Baron) and these guys. They did all the work. I just rode around there. I was in the middle part (of the driving shift). I was the cream in the Oreo."

Brent Martini
Scuderia Ferrari of Washington #33 Ferrari - Winner GT class

"It's so great to come back and use the old car and reward the team who has spent the last week or four days doing the impossible getting the old car ready. It didn't have a motor in it, didn't have seats. I don't think they have had more than three hours sleep for four days, so I thank the Ferrari of Washington guys."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Shane Lewis , Geoffrey Bodine , Kyle Petty , Terry Borcheller , Hurley Haywood , Darren Law , David Donohue , Joao Barbosa , Tommy Riggins , Mike Borkowski , Brent Martini , Forest Barber , David Machavern , Jack Lewis , Cort Wagner