Mid-Ohio: Bell Motorsports race report

Kodak EasyShare Team Finishes 13th in Top Class at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 7 - A team accomplishes something every time it is able to finish a Grand American Rolex series race, since finishing is always ...

Kodak EasyShare Team Finishes 13th in Top Class at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course Saturday

LEXINGTON, Ohio, Aug. 7 - A team accomplishes something every time it is able to finish a Grand American Rolex series race, since finishing is always the number one goal in endurance sports car racing. Unfortunately the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing team encountered all sorts of problems in Saturday's EMCO Gears Mid-Ohio Road Racing Classic at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Although the team finished, the Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac was in 13th place in the Daytona Prototype class and 29th overall in the final rundown.

Things started out well enough. Forest Barber of Fort Worth drove the first stint, made it through the first lap with no incidents for the second race in a row, and settled into 17th place. He had some issues with the car's brakes, but he worked on a few adjustments from the cockpit and turned the car over to lead driver Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga. under the first full-course caution on lap 11 with no problems.

Borcheller knew what Barber was talking about with the brakes right away, but he was still able to move up to 11th place despite that problem and a major oversteer. At times he ran lap times comparable to the leaders, but it wasn't too long before he reported that the car had a major vibration. He said it felt like something was broken in the car's suspension, although he couldn't pinpoint quite what it was.

Unfortunately he discovered what it was for sure on lap 37, less than an hour into the race, when the steering rack snapped and he ended up buried in a gravel trap off turn eight. "I was lucky I didn't go right into the wall," he said at the time.

No one was quite sure what had broken at that point, however, so when he got back to the pits the team cleaned the car up and sent him back out. He returned to the pits on the very next lap and the team found the problem upon further examination. Working quickly like the well-trained team it is, the group fixed the problem and sent Borcheller back out, but he was way back in 32nd spot, eight laps down.

The entire team never gave up, however, and Borcheller was still running at the finish.

The team doesn't have long to wait until its next race, as that will be next Friday at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Driver quotes follow:

Forest Barber: "What can I say? Well, we're looking for a nice result at Watkins Glen. At least I got through the first lap without an incident for the second race in a row. The car is in relatively one piece too. We had problems here, but at least we don't have long to wait until the next race."

Terry Borcheller:  "When you think everything can happen...you're wrong. Our
car was like 15 different cars today.  It was oversteering and understeering
both.  It was just freaky."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber