Kodak EasyShare Team Rebounds to Finish Ninth in Miami 250 Sunday at Homestead HOMESTEAD, Fla., Sept. 19 - Bell Motorsports' Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac was as high as second and as low as next-to-last during the Miami 250 Sunday at ...
Kodak EasyShare Team Rebounds to Finish Ninth in Miami 250 Sunday at Homestead
HOMESTEAD, Fla., Sept. 19 - Bell Motorsports' Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac was as high as second and as low as next-to-last during the Miami 250 Sunday at Homestead-Miami Speedway, but the team and co-drivers Terry Borcheller and Christian Fittipaldi rebounded to finish a solid ninth both in class and overall.
Borcheller got off to a fabulous start, zipping through the field from his sixth-place starting position to second by lap two.
But then the car's throttle spring worked loose, causing him to go off course not once but twice until the problem was identified and the spring was reconnected, and the team went down two laps in the process.
Never giving up, the Miami-based team persevered and steadily climbed back up the standings. Borcheller was in 18th place when Fittipaldi took over on lap 43 of the 104-lap event under a full-course caution an hour and four minutes into the race.
Borcheller and Fittipaldi were able to regain one of the two laps they lost, which is a remarkable achievement considering how competitive the Daytona Prototype field is. When Fittipaldi took the checkered on lap 104 of the two-hour-and-45-minute race the team was in ninth, just one lap down.
The race was broadcast live on SPEED. The next Rolex series race is right around the corner, as the series travels to Virginia Int'l Raceway in Alton, Va. Oct. 1-3.
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Pontiac, which is the engine the Bell Motorsports team uses, took all three podium spots overall. The CITGO Crawford Pontiac of Milka Duno and Andy Wallace won over the SunTrust Riley Pontiac and the Howard-Boss Crawford Pontiac.
Driver quotes follow:
TERRY BORCHELLER: "The throttle stuck twice. The first time I was going into turn two, and I went to lift and it went full throttle. I went off course and when I was in the grass it was OK again. I came in and we couldn't figure out what was wrong, and on my out lap it did it again in exactly the same spot and I went off course again. I came in again and they reconnected the throttle spring and then it didn't happen again. We gained one of the two laps back, which was good considering everything."
CHRISTIAN FITTIPALDI: "We didn't have the best car here today but we had a very good car. We needed more mechanical grip. It is wasn't for the throttle sticking twice and us losing two laps, we would have had a top-five car for sure and maybe a podium. I only drove in this series at the Rolex so I'm still learning what the slower cars are going to do when you're overtaking them. We were stronger on the straights than we were in the infield. I think we will be a lot more competitive at VIR."