Daytona Test: MSR/Fusion Racing Friday notes

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR fast again at Daytona (Daytona Beach, FL) 6 January 06-- Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR continued to be right on the pace in the second day of open testing at Daytona International Raceway, as the...

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR fast again at Daytona

(Daytona Beach, FL) 6 January 06-- Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR continued to be right on the pace in the second day of open testing at Daytona International Raceway, as the team scored the sixth quickest lap of the day with a 1:44.543-second tour of the 3.56-mile road course. The time marks an improvement of nearly a second and a half over the team's best on Thursday as drivers Paul Tracy, Kenny Wilden, Paul Mears, and Mike Borkowski continued to collaborate and work towards the best set up for the Lexus-Riley combination.

Tracy, who has joined the team for the 44th running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, was able to post the best lap for the second consecutive day, and is beginning to feel at home with his new squad.

"I still had traffic on my fastest lap and I lost a bit of time, but I did a string of laps under :45 and I think we are definitely getting there with the car," said Tracy. "We still have some progress to make with our race set-up, but there is no question we are right in the ballpark with the car as far as overall speed."

It isn't just a new car that the Champ Car star is driving, as he is also adjusting to working with a new team and sharing the car with three other drivers, but the Canadian feels as though the test is proving that he is a good match with Graydon Elliott Racing with MSR.

"I am really happy working with this team, and I think I am fitting in pretty well with the other drivers," said Tracy. "We still have another day of testing tomorrow and of course will get more practice when we come back for the race, but so far everything has gelled together really well."

All four drivers took turns at the wheel of the Graydon Elliott machine during the day, and have been able to keep moving the bar up at every turn.

"The car felt really good today," said Mears. "I felt like there was a little bit more time in the car, but with me just coming off being sick, now isn't the time to go over the limit. The main thing is the car keeps getting better, and we feel like we should be able to run a good pace in the race."

Co-driver Borkowski, who shared the podium with Mears last season as well as with Wilden, also thinks the test has the team well-placed to have a strong run in the 24.

"The car is really race-able right now," said Borkowski. "We have some improvements to make of course, but we are just fine-tuning the set-up rather than trying to get ourselves in the window as far as performance, so we will just keep trying some small things to get the most out of it. We definitely have a car that's capable of winning this race, so it has been an encouraging test so far."

The drivers weren't the only ones who were happy with the way things have gone so far at Daytona.

"We are so far ahead of where we were last year at this time," said Mike Shank. "Things have gone extremely smoothly for us, and all the guys have done a great job working 110% to get this car to run this well, and the drivers are doing a great job sharing the info and working together to get a good set-up, so I'm happy with the progress we've made. We still have a lot of work to do of course, but so far, so good."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Paul Tracy , Mike Borkowski