Phoenix: Daytona Prototype qualifying report

Borcheller Takes First Rolex Series Pole Since 2003 in Qualifying for Racetickets.com 250 at Phoenix PHOENIX (September 9, 2005) -- The Phoenix area used to be home for Terry Borcheller, and after his performance in qualifying for ...

Borcheller Takes First Rolex Series Pole Since 2003 in Qualifying for Racetickets.com 250 at Phoenix

PHOENIX (September 9, 2005) -- The Phoenix area used to be home for Terry Borcheller, and after his performance in qualifying for Saturday's Racetickets.com 250 at Phoenix International Raceway (SPEED Channel -- Sunday, September 11, 4:00 p.m. ET), he may consider returning.

Borcheller--the 2003 Daytona Prototype champion--clocked a best lap at 57.540 seconds (94.473 mph) in the No. 54 Kodak EasyShare Pontiac Doran to earn his first Rolex Series pole position since a race at Mid-Ohio on June 27, 2003. Borcheller will share No. 54 Bell Motorsports machine in Saturday's race with Germany's Ralf Kelleners in the Racetickets.com 250.

"We got caught out at Mid-Ohio, so the boys put the car out first in line because we wanted to get a fast lap in right away," Borcheller said. "The Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need team have been working night and day for months to get the Kodak EasyShare car to this point. With all my experience doing lapping days here with the Bondurant School, I know how this track can change. In two or three minutes it can change dramatically. I think knowing how to read the track helped. I lived in north Phoenix for 13 years. I met my wife here and we had our kids here. I think we'll move back here eventually. We just love this area."

Borcheller is joined on the front row by another former resident of the Phoenix area, as Mike Borkowski placed Michael Shank Racing's No. 6 Mears Motor Coach Pontiac Riley second on the grid with a lap at 57.640 (94.310 mph). Borkowski--who lived in nearby Scottsdale until recently moving to Miami Beach, Fla.--is sharing the No. 6 with Oswaldo Negri Jr. this weekend instead of regular co-driver Paul Mears Jr.

"Mike Shank's guys are amazing," said Borkowski. "This car was basically totaled after Mid-Ohio, but they were at the shop at six in the morning the very next day to fix it, and now its even better than it was before. I really wanted to give them a pole to show how much I appreciated their work, but we came up just a little bit short tonight. I have been fast here all weekend and Oswaldo (Negri) has been super-quick in the car, so hopefully we can keep out of trouble in the race and get this car back on the podium tomorrow."

Luis Diaz will start third in the No. 01 CompUSA Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley, as he and co-driver Scott Pruett look to gain ground in the Daytona Prototype championship chase. Diaz ran a best qualifying lap at 57.941 seconds (93.820 mph).

Max Papis--who shared the 2004 Daytona Prototype championship with Pruett--placed the No. 67 Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac Riley fourth on the grid with a lap at 58.029 seconds (93.820 mph). Papis is standing in for regular No. 67 driver and team co-owner Tracy Krohn, who is unable to attend the Racetickets.com 250 due to damage sustained by his company and employees in Hurricane Katrina. Papis will team with Nic Jonsson.

Daytona Prototype points co-leader Wayne Taylor rounded out the top five on the starting grid in the No. 10 Sun Trust Pontiac Riley. Taylor posted a best qualifying lap at 58.118 seconds, and he and co-driver Max Angelelli will be looking for their second consecutive victory at Phoenix International Raceway as well as their fifth Rolex Series win this season.

Jorg Bergmeister starts sixth in the No. 66 Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac Riley with a lap at 58.168 seconds (93.453 mph). Bergmeister will co-drive with Christian Fittipaldi in the Racetickets.com 250. Memo Gidley placed the No. 19 Make A Wish/Air Force Reserve/Commercial Defeasance BMW Riley seventh on the grid at 58.221 seconds (93.368 mph) and will co-drive with Phoenix native Michael McDowell for Finlay Motorsports.

Cort Wagner will start eighth in the No. 02 New Century Mortgage Chip Ganassi Racing Lexus Riley with a lap at 58.243 seconds (93.333 mph) and will partner with Stefan Johansson. Fabrizio Gollin starts ninth in the No. 77 Crown Royal Special Reserve Ford Doran with a best lap of 58.443 seconds (93.014 mph). Gollin is paired with fellow Italian Matteo Bobbi with Doran Racing, and was the last driver to qualify within one second of Borcheller's time. Marc-Antoine Camirand completed the top 10 with a lap at 58.742 seconds (92.540 mph) in the No. 09 Spirit of Daytona Racing/Spiralz Custom Jewelry/Chemcraft Pontiac Crawford he shares with Doug Goad.

SPEED Channel will televise the Racetickets.com 250 at 4:00 p.m. ET on Sunday, September 11.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Nic Jönsson
Teams Chip Ganassi Racing , Chip Ganassi Racing , Krohn Racing , Doran Racing , Michael Shank Racing