Laguna Seca: Bell Motorsports preview

Borcheller and Kelleners Ready to Tackle Laguna In Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54 FORT WORTH, April 26 - She normally lives near Miami and her car owner is from Fort Worth, but the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac ...

Borcheller and Kelleners Ready to Tackle Laguna In Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 54

FORT WORTH, April 26 - She normally lives near Miami and her car owner is from Fort Worth, but the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54 has been acting like a California girl ever since she arrived in the Golden State in late March.

She's been in a garage instead of a spa, but the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team has put her on a strict diet and she'll be even lighter this weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca than she was when she finished ninth at California Speedway on April 3.

The team has also been working hard to find even more power from the heart of the car, her Pontiac engine.

Less weight and more power should hopefully result in an even better finish for the team in the Road & Track 250, which will be broadcast live from the Monterey, Calif. track on SPEED Sunday at 3 p.m. Eastern time.

Laguna Seca is a new venue for the Grand American Rolex series, but drivers Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga. and Ralf Kelleners of Dusseldorf, Germany are both looking forward to seeing how the latest refinements that team owner Jim Bell and crew have made to the Kodak EasyShare car will play out this weekend on the 2.238-mile, 11-turn road course.

After this race it won't be long before the team will be on its way to Mont-Tremblant, Quebec, as the series has a six-hour race at Le Circuit Mont-Tremblant only 20 days after the checkered waves at Laguna Seca. Car owner Forest Barber will join Borcheller and Kelleners behind the wheel of the Kodak EasyShare car for that race, and he'll also join them at the Watkins Glen Six-Hour event June 9-11 in Watkins Glen, N.Y., near Kodak's headquarters in Rochester.

Sunday's Road & Track 250 will be much shorter than either of those races, as it's slated for 250 miles, 112 laps and/or two hours and 45 minutes.

The preliminary schedule shows the Kodak EasyShare #54 on the track for practice from 10:30 a.m. until 11:55 a.m. on Friday, with another hour of practice at 2:15 p.m. that afternoon.

Another hour-long practice session will be held Saturday morning at 9:35 a.m. before a driver autograph session at 11 a.m. and qualifying at 1:20 p.m.

On Sunday there's a half-hour warm-up session at 9:30 a.m. before the race starts at noon local time.

For more information, Feeds the Need's Web site is at www.feedstheneedracing.com. The Grand American section of Kodak's Web site is at www.Kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/.

Borcheller's Web site is at www.tborcheller.com and Kelleners' is at www.kelleners-sport.com. Other interesting information can be found at www.grandamerican.com, www.laguna-seca.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Terry Borcheller