Homestead: Fusion Racing/MSR qualifying report

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR on seventh row for Homestead sprint (Columbus, OH) 22 March 06-- Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR will start from thirteenth on the grid after Kenny Wilden notched a fast lap time of 1:15.568-seconds...

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR on seventh row for Homestead sprint

(Columbus, OH) 22 March 06-- Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR will start from thirteenth on the grid after Kenny Wilden notched a fast lap time of 1:15.568-seconds in qualifying for the Linder Industrials Grand Prix of Miami at Homestead Miami Speedway on Friday. The result was a disappointment for the Fusion Racing team, as a brake bias issue cut short Wilden's run after the Hoosier tires became flat-spotted just a few laps into the session.

"It's too bad because on my first real flyer I got a 15.5-the fastest lap of the weekend for us so far, and there was more in the car, but then going into turn five, we just locked up the fronts and from there, the tires were pretty much shot right down to the cord and there was no way we were going to improve, so I had to just come in," said Wilden. "There is no question we could have set some better times, but just got a bit unlucky tonight. The good thing is that the car is as good as it's been all weekend, and we'll get everything sorted for the race tomorrow."

The Graydon Elliott machine will take the green flag for Saturday's run into the sunset from the seventh row, which will feature nearly thirty Daytona Prototypes in a field of forty-seven cars. The race is likely to be a busy one for the drivers as the field works to find space on the tight 2.3-mile infield road circuit at Homestead.

"Obviously we were looking to be in a better spot for the start, but things are going to be pretty hectic out there tomorrow, and I think we will see some yellow flags early so we should be able to move up early on and hopefully be in a good position late in the race," said Borkowski. "We started from thirteenth in Mexico City and still made it to the podium, so hopefully we can do that again tomorrow."

"It is a shame what happened with getting the flat-spot and not being able to show what the car could really do, but the car keeps getting better all weekend, and this is going to be a long race tomorrow night, so we are confident we can get another good result on Saturday," said Managing Partner Dennis Bainbridge.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Dennis Bainbridge