Mid-Ohio: Bell Motorsports qualifying report

Kodak EasyShare Team to Start 16th Tomorrow at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 6 - Forest Barber ran steadily faster laps in two practice sessions and qualifying Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and earned the 16th...

Kodak EasyShare Team to Start 16th Tomorrow at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course

LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 6 - Forest Barber ran steadily faster laps in two practice sessions and qualifying Friday at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and earned the 16th overall starting spot for tomorrow's Emco Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic Rolex series race.

The Fort Worth-based driver's best lap in the 15-minute qualifying session Friday afternoon was a 1:26.228 (94.271 mph), which was 15th in the Daytona Prototype class. He'll share the Kodak EasyShare/Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54 with the reigning Daytona Prototype champion, Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga., in tomorrow's race. It will be broadcast on SPEED on a tape-delayed basis at 8 p.m. Eastern time.

Borcheller was at Mid-Ohio for a promoter's test day on Thursday, and was fourth-fastest in one of those sessions. He is also competing in an American Le Mans Series (ALMS) race in Canada this weekend, but he'll be back at Mid-Ohio tomorrow to compete in this 250-mile race.

Barber's qualifying run was marred by contact with another driver. The Kodak EasyShare car sustained some damage to its nose and front splitter, but team owner Jim Bell and the rest of the Bell Motorsports crew will have it fixed long before tomorrow's race gets the green flag at 5:30 p.m.

Barber was 19th in the first practice session Friday with a 1:27.852 (92.528 mph) and 17th in the second practice session Friday with a 1:27.633 (92.760 mph).

"At least we're consistent," Barber said after qualifications concluded. "Terry [Borcheller] was here yesterday but not today; he'll be here tomorrow for the race. Yesterday the Kodak car was fourth-quick when Terry was in the car.

"We didn't have a good qualifying session today, and we hope to make it up tomorrow. I had contact with the #59, and there is damage to our nose and front splitter."

For more information see www.feedstheneedracing.com, www.Kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/, www.grandamerican.com, www.tborcheller.com, www.speedtv.com, www.midohio.com and www.restartcommunications.com.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber