Mexico City: Fusion Racing/MSR qualifying report

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR on seventh row in Mexico City (Mexico City, Mexico) 3 March 06-- Mike Borkowski qualified the Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR Lexus-Riley thirteenth with a fast lap time of 1:24.107-seconds on the ...

Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR on seventh row in Mexico City

(Mexico City, Mexico) 3 March 06-- Mike Borkowski qualified the Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR Lexus-Riley thirteenth with a fast lap time of 1:24.107-seconds on the 2.5-mile road course at the Autodromo Hermanos Rodriquez in Mexico City on Friday. The Mexico City event marks the second round of the 2006 Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series presented by Crown Royal Special Reserve season.

The weekend has been a challenging one thus far, after an accident in Thursday's practice session cost the team track time as the Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR crew stayed late in the night to repair damage to the Lexus-Riley. The team rallied to have the car back on track and ready to go in time for the morning practice session, but the lap times have not been what the team is looking for yet this weekend.

"This just isn't where we want to be," said a disappointed Borkowski after the qualifying session. "The car hasn't reacted to what we have been doing to it set-up wise like we want, so it's been pretty frustrating. This track is fairly difficult to pass on, so we were obviously hoping we could have been further up the field, but we'll just have to try some new things for the race and keep working at it."

Tracy and Borkowski, who both led in the early stages of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, have been working well together but know that they have some work ahead of them yet as they prepare for Saturday's 250-mile event.

"We are playing some catch-up with the car because we lost track time yesterday," said Tracy. "We just haven't found the balance we need to be fast here yet. We have another warm-up session in the morning, so hopefully we can keep improving tomorrow and be strong in the race."

The Rolex Series made The Mexico City debut last November to a huge and receptive crowd, and the team is hoping that they can put on a good show and move to the front the same way they did in Daytona.

"I'm pretty proud of how this whole team chipped in to get the work done we needed to last night," said Mike Shank. "But with things being as close as they are here in Rolex, you have to keep improving all weekend so we are still trying to make up some ground with the Graydon car so far. We have some things that we are going to try tomorrow and hopefully we can move up in the pack and get some good luck in the race."

The distinctive No. 6 Graydon Elliott Fusion Racing with MSR machine will take the green flag on Saturday at 3:15 PM local time.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Mike Borkowski