Bad Luck Spoils FTN/Doran Racing's Chances In Rolex Series Race at PIR Saturday Night PHOENIX, May 13 - Both of the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing drivers were involved in accidents in Rolex Series action Saturday night at Phoenix ...
Bad Luck Spoils FTN/Doran Racing's Chances In Rolex Series Race at PIR Saturday Night
PHOENIX, May 13 - Both of the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing drivers were involved in accidents in Rolex Series action Saturday night at Phoenix International Raceway, and the team was forced to retire its Kodak EasyShare/Amp'd Mobile/SIRIUS DORAN JE4 Ford with 101 laps completed out of what turned out to be a 149-lap race after two hours and 45 minutes of competition.
It was the team's only DNF so far this year.
The entry's official order of finish was 21st in the Daytona Prototype class and 32nd overall.
Harrison Brix started ninth but trouble erupted on lap one when Brix was sandwiched by two other drivers in Turn Nine and the car suffered front-end damage.
After quick pit work by the Lebanon, Ohio-based crew the entry was able to continue, although it was down a couple of laps.
Team owner Kevin Doran encouraged the San Jose, Calif.-based driver to concentrate on driving smooth, consistent laps. Brix complied, and the car started to make its way back up the standings. Brix passed a GT car to move into 20th place on lap 53, and by lap 83, the scheduled half-way point, he was 18th.
Doran also used smart pit strategy to make up one complete lap shortly after a full-course yellow waved on lap 93 because the Banner Racing Corvette had hit the wall in Turn Nine. The Kodak car's Hoosier tires were changed and it got fuel when Brix pitted on lap 96 under that yellow for Borcheller to take over. The car was in 17th place at the time, and the crew performed its typical fast pit stop.
On the restart on lap 100 Borcheller immediately got to work too. He passed the Howard-Boss No. 4 right way to move into 16th on lap 101, but on lap 103 his drive was thwarted prematurely when the car received right-front damage as he was trying to pass the Brumos Porsche No. 59 on the inside.
A few seconds after the accident Borcheller, a long-time Phoenix resident who now lives in Vero Beach, Fla., said over the radio that he didn't know if the other driver had seen him or not.
The team brought the car behind the pit wall and began to make repairs but called it a night shortly thereafter.
The CompUSA car of Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz won, while the car that Brix had the earlier problem with finished second in the race, the featured event of the GAINSCO Grand Prix weekend.
"I had passed the 5 car cleanly and when I got alongside the 89 car he dive-bombed us and shoved me into the Finlay car and took the nose off," Brix said afterwards. "It happened in Turn Nine. It was one of the stupidest things I've ever seen."
Saturday night's race will be broadcast on SPEED tomorrow (Sunday) at 3 p.m. Eastern time.
Doran Racing was 11th in team points going into this event and unofficially it's now 13th.
The team's next race is coming right up on June 2-3 and it's a big one: the Six Hours of the Glen at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y. Borcheller, Brix and Forest Barber of Fort Worth will share the driving duties in that event, part of the Indy Racing League weekend.
Two other events are planned for June: the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio June 23-24 and Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Fla. June 29.
Earlier in the day the sanctioning body president announced that there would be no more qualifying races this year, pulling the schedule back to 17 point races. Three qualifying races had been held: one at VIRginia International Raceway on April 22; one at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. on May 6; and one last night at PIR. (Borcheller finished ninth in that event.) Two others for the Daytona Prototype class had been planned for Mid-Ohio and Miller Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., but now those tracks will host single point races.
For more information see doranracing.com, grandamerican.com, fordracing.com, tborcheller.com, harrisonbrix.com and feedstheneedracing.com.