Bell Motorsports Kodak EasyShare DORAN Pontiac Finishes Sixth in Miami Grand Prix Saturday HOMESTEAD, Fla., Feb. 28 - The Bell Motorsports Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac ...
Bell Motorsports Kodak EasyShare DORAN Pontiac Finishes Sixth in Miami Grand Prix Saturday
HOMESTEAD, Fla., Feb. 28 - The Bell Motorsports Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54 and drivers Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga. and Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas finished sixth both overall and in the Daytona Prototype class Saturday in the Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
It was a remarkable accomplishment considering the challenges the Miami-based team had to overcome this weekend.
First the team suffered an uncharacteristic engine problem on the first day of practice which put its work getting the car set up behind schedule. After overcoming that and a host of smaller challenges, the team's race started in similar fashion when Barber and another driver had contact, resulting in Barber spinning out in turn three.
Both he and Borcheller played catch-up for the rest of the 109-lap, 250-mile race. That effort was hampered when the team had to repair its brake lights during the race, losing a lap. But Borcheller brought the car solidly back into the top 10, and when some of the leaders had unexpected problems in the late stages of the race, the Bell Motorsports team's finishing position improved even more.
"Considering our weekend, we're pretty happy," Borcheller said after the race. "It's not where we wanted to be. Forest got hit at the start of the race, so our race started just like our weekend started with the blown engine in practice. We just had to play catch-up the whole time.
"We made a mistake in the pits and lost a lap fixing the brake light. We have some homework to do before Phoenix," he added.
The next Grand American Rolex Series race is April 10 at Phoenix Int'l Raceway.
"It wasn't pretty, but it was a good result considering how tough a weekend it was," Barber concurred. " I had a reasonable start, but in the second turn I got hit by one gentleman. I tried to keep it straight but I spun exiting three. Then the whole rest of the time we were just trying to make up time.
"The Bell Motorsports team did a good job. We just had a tough weekend here."
Saturday's race will be broadcast on SPEED at 4 p.m. Eastern time March 7.