Fittipaldi, Borcheller and Kodak Team Are Ready to Go at Homestead This Weekend MIAMI, Sept. 14 - Although it's based in Miami, Bell Motorsports made it through Florida's recent hurricanes in fine shape and is looking forward to competing in the...
Fittipaldi, Borcheller and Kodak Team Are Ready to Go at Homestead This Weekend
MIAMI, Sept. 14 - Although it's based in Miami, Bell Motorsports made it through Florida's recent hurricanes in fine shape and is looking forward to competing in the Miami 250 Rolex series race this coming Sunday, Sept. 19, at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla.
The race was originally scheduled for Sept. 10-12 but was postponed one week due to the hurricane activity. Hurricane Charley hit the Sunshine State Aug. 13. Hurricane Frances spoiled things last weekend, and Hurricane Ivan is creating havoc at press time but is expected to hit further north than the Homestead area.
Drivers Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga. and Christian Fittipaldi of Key Biscayne, Fla. will be behind the wheel of the team's Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54 for Sunday's two-hour-and-45-minute race. They and the rest of the Bell Motorsports team will be glad to be watching the Weather Channel less and get back to watching more of SPEED, which will televise the race live beginning at 11 a.m. Eastern time.
The team won the Daytona Prototype championship last year and Borcheller topped the division's driver standings.
Borcheller's customary co-driver, Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas, announced Aug. 18 that he had invited Fittipaldi to drive in his stead for the last four races of 2004. Barber, who was seventh in the Daytona Prototype drivers' standings last year, will continue to test the car as much as possible in preparation for the 2005 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona and other long-distance events next season. Borcheller, Barber, Fittipaldi, Andy Pilgrim and the rest of the Bell Motorsports team won that race in the Kodak EasyShare car earlier this year.
Since Fittipaldi currently lives in Florida and Borcheller was born in Hialeah, Fla., they know all too well that no hurricane can be taken lightly. Car owner Barber, who knows all about the destructive forces of Mother Nature too through his many years as a world champion offshore boat racer, said that the Kodak car made it through the storms safely locked up in the Bell Motorsports transporter, which was parked in a very well-constructed building.
According to the weekend's revised schedule released last Friday there are only two hours of practice on Saturday (beginning at 9:25 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.), no qualifying, and a half-hour warm-up session Sunday morning at 8:40 a.m. before the race begins at 11 a.m. Usually when qualifying isn't held the starting line-up is determined by team points. If that is the case at Homestead this coming weekend the team will start sixth, right beside the Doran-Lista Racing DORAN JE4 #27.
The schedule is subject to change. For up-to-date schedule information see www.grandamerican.com or call (866) 451-7223. Additional information can be found at www.feedstheneedracing.com, www.kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/, www.tborcheller.com, www.fittipaldionline.com, www.homesteadmiamispeedway.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.
Following the Homestead race three races will remain on the 2004 schedule: Virginia Int'l Raceway in Alton, Va. Oct. 1-3; Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Oct. 8-10 and a Halloween weekend extravaganza at California Speedway in Fontana Oct. 28-31.
Bell Motorsports won two of those races last year enroute to six victories in total for 2003 and the series championship. Borcheller and Pilgrim were the overall winners at VIR from the pole. Borcheller and Barber took the victory at Barber Motorsports Park, with Borcheller grabbing the lead on the final lap. Borcheller and Barber finished third in the Daytona Prototype class last year at Fontana, again from the pole.