Watkins Glen II: Bell Motorsports race report

Kodak EasyShare Team Finishes Fourth in Sahlen's 200 at the Glen Friday Night WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 13 - The Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac ...

Kodak EasyShare Team Finishes Fourth in Sahlen's 200 at the Glen Friday Night

WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 13 - The Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54 led eight laps and was in contention for all 72 laps of Friday night's Sahlen's 200 Rolex series race at Watkins Glen International. When Terry Borcheller took the checkered, he and co-driver Oliver Gavin and the rest of the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need team had finished a very respectable fourth.

It rained during the race, which was televised on SPEED, and tire strategy ended up being the determining factor. Borcheller was in second place and on rain tires when a yellow came out with 23 minutes remaining in the two-hour contest. Neither the leader nor the third-place car pitted for slick Goodyears, so Borcheller matched their moves and stayed out on the track in order to stay in contention.

As it turned out two other teams that use DORAN JE4 chassis chose to pit for slicks, and they were able to then move up through the field when the green waved to finish first and second. The leader before the late yellow finished third and Borcheller brought the Kodak car home in fourth.

Although Borcheller is the reigning Daytona Prototype champion, his co-driver was getting his first taste of Rolex series competition. Gavin started sixth but was the star of the show at the start, advancing to third by the end of lap one. He and Wayne Taylor had contact while battling for second place a little later, with Gavin getting the spot until Taylor retook it on the next lap.

Other than that tussle and a little incident to avoid a Porsche later, Gavin had no other problems. He turned the car over to Borcheller about 48 minutes into the race while in third place.

It was raining at the time, but Borcheller did his best to advance up the scoreboard even further. He took second on lap 42 and then started to chase down the leading CompUSA Riley Lexus, passing it for the lead in turn one on lap 46. The SunTrust Riley Pontiac got the lead in turn six on lap 54, but Borcheller kept the car in contention right up to the end for the fine fourth-place finish.

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

Quotes follow:

Terry Borcheller: "It was a heck of a race! It was a lot of fun. It was a very productive weekend for our team. We kept going forward all weekend. Jim [Bell] and I talked about coming in for slicks and it was my call to stay out. I didn't think we should pit because Pruett and Angellini didn't come in. In hindsight I guess we should have pitted for slicks, but there was only about 15 minutes left in the race and off line it was still wet, and I really didn't think a car could pit and get back up through the GT cars and the rest of the field to win it. In hindsight I would have done it, but fourth is still a good result for the Kodak team."

Oliver Gavin: "I got alongside of Wayne Taylor, and it was clear he didn't want me to pass him. He started banging on me and leaning on me, which I thought was unnecessary, but I guess rubbing is racing. There might have been an issue with our left rear due to the contact, but it was OK. I also had to get on the curb in the esses once trying to miss a Porsche. This racing is fantastic though; I thought the whole thing was an absolute scream. I enjoyed racing with Max Papis very much. I know him very well, and we had a lot of fun out there."

Forest Barber: "A podium finish was in sight, but it's still a very good result for the Kodak EasyShare team. Now we go to Homestead, which is very close to the Bell Motorsports shop. It has been a good track for us, so we'll try to build on this result and get on the podium there. But everyone on the team did a great job here, and we're very pleased."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Max Papis , Wayne Taylor , Terry Borcheller , Oliver Gavin , Forest Barber