Watkins Glen: Bell Motorsports preview
Kodak EasyShare Team is Looking for a Victory in Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen FORT WORTH, June 13 - This year's winners of the most prestigious endurance sports car race in North America will try to duplicate those results in a ...
Kodak EasyShare Team is Looking for a Victory in Sunday's Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen
FORT WORTH, June 13 - This year's winners of the most prestigious endurance sports car race in North America will try to duplicate those results in a race only a quarter as long this coming Sunday at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.
Rolex 24 at Daytona winners Bell Motorsports and drivers Forest Barber of Fort Worth, reigning Rolex Series Daytona Prototype champion Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga., and Andy Pilgrim of Delray Beach, Fla. are all set to tackle the Sahlen's Six Hours of the Glen on Sunday, June 20.
Bell Motorsports, the reigning Daytona Prototype team champion, finished second in this event last year with Borcheller, Barber and Didier Theys doing the driving. The team was victorious in the Bully Hills Vineyards 250 at the Glen last August, in which Borcheller and Barber were the drivers.
The team is coming off a podium finish in the last race too, which was at the same six-hour distance, as Borcheller and Pilgrim finished third in the Six Hours of Mont-Tremblant last month at Mont-Tremblant, Quebec.
This weekend's race is important not only because it's one of the longest races in the Rolex series but also because it's at one of the most famous road courses in North America - Watkins Glen International.
It's also right in the back yard of the team's primary sponsor, Kodak, based in Rochester, N.Y. The car is the Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac #54, and many Kodak employees are expected to be enjoying the park-like setting of the Glen as they picnic alongside the 3.4-mile long course and cheer on their car.
For those who can't attend in person, Sunday's race will be broadcast live on SPEED in two parts: 11 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. and 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. All times are Eastern.
The team is coming to the Glen well-prepared. Their chassis, the DORAN JE4, currently leads the Daytona Prototype chassis manufacturer point standings and their engine, Pontiac, currently tops the class' engine manufacturer standings.
Borcheller has competed in all the events so far this year and is currently tied for third in the Daytona Prototype driver standings.
The team standings are also extremely tight going into the fifth of 12 events on this year's schedule. Bell Motorsports is in a three-way tie for second going into this weekend's race, just six points out of the lead, 116 to 110.
Fans can get a close look at the car and other ones which will be competing at the Glen this weekend during the third annual PrixView Party in downtown Elmira, N.Y. this Thursday from 10 a.m. until 6 p.m.
The following day there are practice sessions from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and 2:10 p.m. until 2:50 p.m. at the track. Another one-hour practice session is slated for Saturday at 10 a.m. prior to the Daytona Prototype class' 15-minute qualifying session at 1:25 p.m. On race day the pre-race festivities begin at 10:30 a.m. and the six-hour enduro is slated to get the green flag at 11 a.m.
Additional information and photos can be found on Feeds the Need Racing's brand-new Web site at www.feedstheneedracing.com or on the new Grand American section of Kodak's Web site at www.Kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/.
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