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Auto Racing Analysis Racefacts Bulletin and Model Review (09/29/97)

1 October 1997


	Jeff Burton (Exide Roush Ford Thunderbird) won
Monday's Hanes 500 NASCAR Winston Cup race at
Martinsville, scoring the third win of his career and of
1997.  Burton, now the winner on a one and a 1.5-mile
superspeedway plus a short track, is only the third driver
in the Winston Cup "modern era" (1972-97) to score three
wins in his "breakthrough" (first year with a race win)
year, joining Geoff Bodine (1984, two short track wins and
one road course) and Bobby Labonte (1995, two wins on the
2-mile Michigan superspeedway, one at 1.5-mile Charlotte)!
	Mark Blundell (Motorola PacWest Reynard
97I-Mercedes-Firestone) won the California Speedway
Marlboro 500 CART PPG World Series race.
	Blundell's victory marked the fourth consecutive IRL
or CART 500-miler won by non-native U.S. drivers (Andre
Ribeiro, 1996 MIS Marlboro 500; Arie Luyendyk, 1997
Indianapolis 500; Alessandro Zanardi, 1997 MIS U.S. 500;
and Blundell, Marlboro 500) and the third consecutive such
500-miler won by European-born drivers!  In each case, the
streak sets a new record for consecutive non-U.S. native
drivers or European-born winners in such events!
	Mike Borkowski (Textron Gloy Ford Mustang Cobra), the
1997 Trans-Am Rookie of the Year, won the 1997 Pikes Peak
International Raceway SCCA Trans-Am race, ending Tom
Kendall's 11-race victory streak!  Mike's victory came in
his 12th career Trans-Am start and gives him two Top
Three, eight Top Five, nine Top Ten, and nine lead-lap
finishes in those twelve starts!  Mike is the 116th driver
to score a Trans-Am win and the 83rd to win overall (not
including class wins)!
	Borkowski qualified fifth, drew the pole, and led
every lap en route to the victory, winning a last-lap
battle with runnerup Kendall by 10.452 seconds!  Pikes
Peak 1997 was the first Trans-Am Borkowski led!
	Borkowski ended Gloy Racing's 14-race winless streak
in Trans-Am racing.  Mike's previous career-best Trans-Am
finish was third at Detroit.
	Mike was the 1993 SCCA Oldsmobile Pro and 1994 SCCA
American Continental champion.
	Mike's SCCA Pro Racing career began in the 1991 SCCA
Oldsmobile Pro series; Mike competed in nine 1991 events
in a Lola T89/90-Oldsmobile, ranking fourth in points.  He
earned two "podium" finishes (thirds at Des Moines and
Watkins Glen), six Top Five and seven Top Ten finishes
with a pole and two front-row starts!  Mike took his
career-first SCCA Pro Racing pole at Lime Rock and led an
SCCA Pro event for the first time before crashing out.
	Borkowski also competed in one 1991 IMSA Endurance
Touring class event, at Road America on August 24; he
drove a Honda CRX Si to tenth in Touring, three laps down,
and the points earned ranked him 68th in 1991 Touring
class points.
	Mike continued in the SCCA Oldsmobile Pro series in
1992, driving a Shannon 92PS-Oldsmobile and a Lola
T89/90-Oldsmobile and winning in both!  Mike's first SCCA
Pro Racing win came in the July 19, 1992 Watkins Glen
race; he also won on October 10, 1992 in the Del Mar
(California) event!
	Borkowski's ten 1992 SCCA Oldsmobile Pro starts
produced two wins, six Top Three "podium" finishes, six
Top Five finishes, eight Top Ten finishes, and two
eleventh-place finishes!  Mike failed to finish only one
race and led five!  He won the pole at Des Moines and set
three Fast Laps en route to third place in the 1992 SCCA
Oldsmobile Pro point standings!
	1993 was Mike's championship season in the SCCA
Oldsmobile Pro series!  Mike drove a Shannon
93PS-Oldsmobile to two victories (Mid-Ohio and Lime Rock)
and a Miller RM2-Oldsmobile to one win (Trois Rivieres)! 
He won three races: Mid-Ohio on June 13, Lime Rock on July
23, and Trois Rivieres on August 15!  Mike scored five Top
Three "podium" finishes, six Top Five finishes, and nine
Top Ten finishes and finished every lap of every race, 250
of 250!  Borkowski led five of the nine events, took two
poles (Road Atlanta and Watkins Glen) and one Fast Lap! 
Mike won the title by nineteen (19) points, 129 to 110,
over Bob Thomas.
	Borkowski moved on to the 1994 SCCA American
Continental series and won that title, too!  He did not
compete in the season's first event (May 22, 1994 at
Mosport Park) but in the remaining six (driving a Van
Diemen) he won four times and finished in the Top Three on
the "podium" in all six races, completing all 160 laps of
the six events and leading five of the races for a total
of 99 laps!  Mike took four pole positions and was on the
front row for all six events; he also set three Fast Laps!
	Mike's first three 1994 SCCA American Continental
races produced wins: June 5 at Watkins Glen, July 3 at Des
Moines, and August 7 at Trois Rivieres!  He led every lap
of the Watkins Glen and Des Moines races.  Mike then
finished second at Mosport Park on August 21.  He then won
on August 27, 1994 at Road Atlanta, again leading every
lap!  He completed the season with a third-place finish at
Dallas after being the race's initial leader.
	Borkowski also competed in one 1994 SCCA Oldsmobile
Pro event, at Lime Rock.  Driving the Shannon
94PC-Oldsmobile, he placed ninth.
	In 29 1991-1994 SCCA Oldsmobile Pro events, Mike won
five times (17.24%), placed in the Top Three "podium"
positions 13 times (44.83%), finished in the Top Five 18
times (62.1%) and in the Top Ten in 25 races (86.2%) and
in the Top Eleven in 27 events (93.1%) as he finished 26
events (89.66%) and led eleven (37.93%)!  Mike took four
pole positions, six front-row starts, and four Fast Laps.
	Combining Mike's SCCA Oldsmobile Pro record with his
SCCA American Continental performance, Mike's SCCA Pro
Racing stats show 35 starts, 9 wins (25.7%), 19 Top Three
"podium" finishes (54.3%), 24 Top Five finishes (68.6%),
31 Top Ten finishes (88.6%), 32 races finished (91.4%),
eight pole positions, 12 front-row starts, seven fast
Laps, and sixteen races led!
	With Mike's 1997 Trans-Am stats added, his SCCA Pro
Racing stats show 47 starts, 10 wins (21.3%), 21 Top Three
"podium" finishes (44.7%), 32 Top Five finishes (68.1%),
40 Top Ten finishes (85.1%), 43 races finished (91.5%),
and seventeen races led (36.2%)!
	Borkowski competed in six races of the 1995 Indy
Lights series, earning twelfth place in 1995 Indy Lights
points!  Mike achieved one Top Five finish (fourth at
Portland on June 25) and five Top Ten finishes, completing
all but two of the possible laps in the six events.
	Mike started eighth on the Nazareth oval on April 23,
1995 and finished eleventh, one lap down, and ranked
fourth among series rookies.  On June 4 he started third
(his best Indy Lights start) on the Milwaukee oval and
finished eighth, one lap down, ranking third among Indy
Lights rookies.  On June 11 in Detroit's street event he
finished ninth, on the lead lap, after starting eighth,
and again ranked third among the rookies.  On June 25 at
Portland he started from his worst Indy Lights starting
position (14th) but recorded his best finish, fourth, on
the lead lap!  Mike was the race's second-ranking rookie! 
Borkowski started eleventh in the July 16 Toronto event
and finished tenth, on the lead lap, as fifth-ranking
rookie.  His final Indy Lights start, on July 23 at
Cleveland, saw him start sixth and finish eighth, on the
lead lap, as fourth-ranking rookie.
	Mike competed in three IMSA events in 1996.  He was
part of the Brix Oldsmobile Aurora GTS-1 team in the
February 4, 1996 Daytona 24 Hours, teaming with Brian
Cunningham, Darin Brassfield, and Irv Hoerr; the Aurora
caught fire and did not finish.
	Borkowski then competed in two IMSA World Sportscar
events, June 9 in Watkins Glen's Six Hours and October 6
in the Daytona 3 Hours, each time driving a Buick Kudzu
DG2.  At Watkins Glen he teamed with John Mirro and A.J.
Smith, starting tenth in WSC and finishing seventh.  At
Daytona he teamed with Smith to start thirteenth in WSC
and finish tenth.  These WSC efforts placed him 57th in
1996 IMSA WSC points.
	It is interesting to note that six of Mike's nine
pre-1997 SCCA Pro Racing victories came on 1997 SCCA
Trans-Am venues: Lime Rock (1993 Oldsmobile Pro), Mid-Ohio
(1993 Oldsmobile Pro), Trois Rivieres (1993 Oldsmobile
Pro, 1994 American Continental), and Watkins Glen (1992
Oldsmobile Pro, 1994 American Continental)!
	Mike's ten SCCA Pro Racing victories have seen him
win six times on road courses (two wins at Watkins Glen,
one each at Lime Rock, Mid-Ohio, Road Atlanta, and Pikes
Peak) and four times on street or "temporary" circuits
(twice at Trois Rivieres, once each at Del Mar and Des
	Tom Kendall has achieved ten Fast Qualifier honors in
twelve 1997 SCCA Trans-Am races; he has established a new
all-time record for overall "top class" Trans-Am FQs in a
season, breaking the old record shared at 9 FQs in a
season by Mark Donohue (9 of a possible 13, 1968), Scott
Pruett (9 of a possible 12, 1987), and Scott Sharp (9 of a
possible 14, 1993)!
	The "all-classes" Trans-Am season FQ records is ten
(of a possible eleven), set by Horst Kwech in 1970 Under
	Tom needs Reno's 1997 FQ to establish a new "all
classes" record!
	Tom's current Season FQ Percentage is 83.3%.  The
all-time Trans-Am overall "top class" Season FQ Percentage
record is held by John Paul, Sr. at 77.8% as he was Fast
Qualifier for 7 of 9 1979 Category II events.  To break
Paul's record Tom needs to take Reno's 1997 Trans-Am FQ
and finish at 11 of 13, or 84.6%!
	The all-time "all classes" Trans-Am Season FQ
Percentage record, 90.9%, was set when Horst Kwech took
ten of the eleven possible FQ honors in 1970 Under
2-Liter; the mark is beyond the reach of Tom Kendall in
	The series Mike Borkowski will be entering next year,
Indy Lights, saw Clint Mears win the season finale at
Fontana.  Brazil's Tony Kanaan won the 1997 Indy Lights
title after ranking second in 1996 points.
	Tony ranked fifth in 1992 Brazilian Formula Chevrolet
Lotus points.  He moved to Europe in 1993 and finished
seventh in European Formula Vauxhall points.  Tony won the
1994 Italian Formula Europa Boxer championship and placed
fifth in the 1995 Italian Formula 3 series before moving
on to North America in 1996!
	SportsCar's Pikes Peak Exxon World Sports Car event,
won by the MOMO Ferrari of Andrea Montermini/Antonio
Hermann, set a new WSC record with six lead-lap finishers! 
The race set a WSC record for a 2-hour race with six
leaders and ten lead changes!  The MOMO Ferrari led 49 of
140 laps with Dyson Ford entries leading 40 laps, Doyle
Oldsmobile entries leading 38, and the MSI Chevrolet entry
leading 13 laps as four teams and powerplants shared the
	Andy Pilgrim and Allan McNish teamed for their second
consecutive (and Pilgrim's third straight) Exxon Supreme
GTS-1 win in the Rohr Porsche with the Lister Storm second
and a Ford Panoz third, all on the lead lap!  Franz Konrad
and Nick Ham kept Porsche's winning percentage at 100% in
GTS-2 while BMWs led by Bill Auberlen/Boris Said
(Yokohama/Valvoline PTG BMW M3) finished 1-2-3-4-5 in
	Peter Cunningham won T1 and Pierre Kleinubing won T2
at Pikes Peak as the Comptech/Realtime Acura NSX took the
T1 win and the Comptech/Realtime Acura Integra R took T2
in SCCA World Challenge action!
	Cunningham scored his fourth 1997 T1 victory and the
16th win of his World Challenge career, second all-time
only to Lou Gigliotti's 18!  Cunningham leads the T1
standings over Rob Fellows (runnerup at Pikes Peak) by
fourteen points.
	Kleinubing scored the second consecutive win of his
World Challenge career in his ninth start!  Kleinubing now
leads the T2 standings by one point over teammate Michael
	T1 was won from second starting position, T2 from
third!  T1 produced five lead-lap finishers, T2 four.
	T1 had four leaders and three lead changes; T2 had
two leaders and one lead change!
	T1 had four marques and five models in the Top Five
while T2 had four marques and models in its Top Five.
	The victory margins were 6.504 seconds in T1 and
7.707 seconds in T2.
	1997 World Challenge T1 racing has produced five
racewinning drivers in nine races, with Peter Cunningham,
the driver of the Comptech/Realtime Acura NSX, scoring
four wins!  Cunningham won at St. Petersburg, Mid-Ohio,
Trois Rivieres, and Pikes Peak.  Rob Fellows (a first-time
winner in 1997!) is the other multiple racewinner, his two
victories coming at Heartland Park and Mosport Park.
	Kermit Upton, Lou Gigliotti, and first-time World
Challenge winner Peter Kitchak have scored the other wins.
	Five teams have scored wins, led by Comptech/Realtime
with four; AER/McGraw has two, with Mountain, Gigliotti,
and Kitchak each taking one.
	The Acura NSX leads with four T1 wins; the Ford
Saleen Mustang has three wins.  The BMW M3 and Porsche RSR
have scored one apiece as four marques have won the nine
1997 T1 races.
	1997 World Challenge T2 racing has produced seven
racewinning drivers in nine races, with only Paul Booher,
driver of the ICY Racing Saturn SC, and Pierre Kleinubing,
in the Comptech/Realtime Acura Integra R, scoring two
wins!  Peter Schwartzott, Michael Galati, Alain Chebeir,
and first-time World Challenge racewinners Kristian
Skavnes and Johannes Van Overbeek have scored the other
five wins.
	Four teams have won in 1997 T2, with ICY Racing and
Comptech/Realtime leading with three wins apiece.  Last
Minute Racing has two (Chebeir and Van Overbeek);
Schwartzott Racing took the other victory.
	Four marques and three manufacturers have won in 1997
T2.  Honda has four wins, three by Acura Integra R
entries, one by a Honda Prelude Si.  Saturn has three
victories; BMW has two wins with its 328is.
	Acura has won in both classes, four times with the
NSX in T1 and three times with the Integra R in T2!  BMW
has also won in both classes, once in T1 with an M3 and
twice in T2 with a 328is.
	Comptech/Realtime is the only team to win in both
classes, four races with Peter Cunningham in T1 and three
in T2, once with Galati and twice by Kleinubing!
	Peter Cunningham has four wins in 1997 T1
competition; this achievement marks only the 8th season in
World Challenge history of 4 or more wins!
	Eight drivers have achieved World Challenge seasons
of four or more wins.
	Lou Gigliotti took six wins (in 8 races) in 1992 T1. 
Elliott Forbes-Robinson won five of 8 races in 1993 Class
A (Sports) competition, and David Murry won five of eight
1995 Sports races.  Bill Saunders won five of eight races
in 1992 Class D.
	Bobby Archer won four of eight races in 1990 T2, Ron
Emmick won four of eight 1993 T2 events, and Neil
Hannemann won four of eight 1992 Class D races.
	Congratulations to the Thrust SSC team on their New
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