The Kodak EasyShare Car Has Lots of Florida Connections HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 1 - Anyone looking for a local favorite to cheer for in the Miami Grand Prix Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway here need look no further than the Bell ...
The Kodak EasyShare Car Has Lots of Florida Connections
HOMESTEAD, Fla., March 1 - Anyone looking for a local favorite to cheer for in the Miami Grand Prix Saturday at Homestead-Miami Speedway here need look no further than the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54.
Bell Motorsports is headquartered in Tavernier, Fla., some 31 miles as the seagull flies from Homestead.
One of the team's two drivers in Saturday's race, Christian Fittipaldi, lives in Key Biscayne. In addition to that Florida connection, he's a favorite of the many transplanted Brazilians who now live in Florida, since he was born in Sao Paulo.
The team's lead driver, Terry Borcheller, resides in Gainesville, Ga. now but he lived in Hialeah, Fla. as a child.
The team's car owner, Forest Barber, lives in Fort Worth, Texas, not Florida, but he loves boats as well as fast cars, as do many Floridians. Barber holds five offshore boating championships, and was inducted into the American Power Boat Association's Hall of Champions in 1999.
Fittipaldi loves boats too, and sails his 50-ft. Trimaran every chance he gets. In December he sailed to the Caribbean island of Tortola, the British Virgin Islands, a trip that took him six days to complete.
But his first love, of course, is fast cars, preferably the racing variety.
Since Homestead is Bell Motorsports' home track, it has tested on its 2.3-mile infield road course quite a bit. Although the competition is extremely tight, that familiarity should help the team in Saturday's race, which will be broadcast live on SPEED from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Eastern time.
If all that isn't enough, fans just learning about the Rolex series should know that this team is very, very good. It won the 2004 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona International Speedway, and both the team and Borcheller were the Daytona Prototype champions of the entire series in 2003.
The only thing left for fans gearing up for this weekend's action to know is when the Kodak car will be on the track. The Rolex series shares the card with the Indy Racing League IndyCar series and the IRL's Menards Infiniti Pro Series at Homestead this weekend.
Practice for the Kodak car will start on Thursday with sessions at 2:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m. On Friday it will practice at 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. before qualifying for the Daytona Prototype class is held at 4:30 p.m.
On race day, Saturday, there is a warm-up session at 8:15 a.m. and an autograph session at 11 a.m. before the 250-mile/109-lap/2-hour-and-45-minute race starts at 3 p.m.
For more information, see the team's Web site at www.feedstheneedracing.com; Kodak's Web site at www.Kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/; Borcheller's Web site at www.tborcheller.com and Fittipaldi's Web site at www.fittipaldionline.com.
Other interesting information can be found at www.grandamerican.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.