Pontiac Occupies Entire Front Row For Phoenix 250 Terry Borcheller Takes Pole in ...
Pontiac Occupies Entire Front Row For Phoenix 250
Terry Borcheller Takes Pole in #54 Kodak-Bell Motorsports Pontiac Doran; Pontiac Powers Four Out of Top-Six Race Cars on Starting Grid
PHOENIX - Tonight's Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series Daytona Prototype (DP) qualifying session at Phoenix International Raceway was a successful one for Pontiac; the 15-minute session concluded with four out of the top six fastest times posted by Pontiac-powered DPs. Tomorrow's DP race will start with Terry Borcheller (co-driving with Ralf Kelleners) in the #54 Kodak-Bell Motorsports Pontiac Doran on the pole position; next to him will be the #6 Michael Shank Racing Pontiac Riley of Mike Borkowski paired for the first time this season with Oswaldo Negri Jr. Other Pontiacs in the top-six are the #67 Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac Riley of Max Papis and Nic Jonsson (fourth) followed by series leaders Wayne Taylor and Max Angelelli in the #10 SunTrust Pontiac Riley. In the sixth spot is the #66 Krohn Racing/TRG Pontiac Riley of Jorg Bergmeister and Christian Fittipaldi. The only car not a Pontiac in the front six of the starting grid is the #01 Lexus Riley of Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz; Diaz qualified third.
"Nobody knows how hard this team has worked and what they've gone through this year to put this car on the pole," said Borcheller. "It was totally a team effort; we were a tenth-place car yesterday during practice.
"The setup (of the car) is more important here than a lot of other tracks. On a lot of other tracks, if you get the car within a window you can be pretty good. On this track, because of the grip level, it's nothing. It's very difficult to get it right here, and (my team) has done it."
This is Borcheller's first pole of the season and Borkowski's best qualifying session of 2005, but both the #54 and #6 cars have had their share of difficulties this season. Borcheller led 15 laps in the last Rolex Series race at Mid-Ohio but finished 12th and Borkowski was hit from behind by a GT car at the same event. $100,000 worth of repair work later, Borkowski is now back and ready to challenge the field.
"The car is great; I tried so hard for the pole and I'm upset that I couldn't get it," said Borkowski. "I'm happy for Terry, but we were only a tenth of a second behind his time. Obviously we're excited to be up front, but it's not often you get a chance for pole. I knew it was going to be hard. we're still in very good shape for the race. Our team has done a great job."
Borkowski can take comfort in the fact that no GT class car will hit him from behind this race; the GT and DP classes have been split and are racing separately this weekend.