Laguna Seca: Terry Borcheller race report

podium finale Terry Borcheller finished the 2004 American Le Mans Series the same way he started it - on the podium. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Johnny Mowlem of London, England, drove the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R to a ...

podium finale

Terry Borcheller finished the 2004 American Le Mans Series the same way he started it - on the podium. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Johnny Mowlem of London, England, drove the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R to a third-place GTS finish at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., on Oct. 16. It was the team's seventh podium finish in nine ALMS races this season.

Mowlem qualified third in class with a time of one minute 23.244 seconds on the 2.238-mile road course, but the time was disallowed when the car failed post-qualifying technical inspection. Forced to start the race from the back of the grid, he quickly carved through the field to third place. Borcheller then drove a double stint, starting one hour into the four-hour race. Mowlem took the wheel again at 3h3 and held third in the GTS class, sixth overall.

"We had a clean race all the way through. We had clean stints, the car ran well, no hiccups in the pitstops. And that's what we needed," Borcheller said. "Sixth overall, right behind the [series champion] Corvettes, we're real happy."

season standings

ACEMCO Motorsports won the IMSA Cup for the top ALMS privateer GTS team and finished second to the powerful Corvette Racing team in the ALMS GTS team championship. Borcheller and Mowlem were third in the GTS driver championship.

off-track

Borcheller scored the first goal of the annual driver/crew soccer match on Oct. 17. His was the only goal during the first half of the game. To his disappointment, the crew team beat the drivers, for a tie of two wins for each team in four years.

Borcheller also participated in two special activities at Laguna Seca. He met with 10 members of Teen Challenge and offered motivational support to the group, which is part of a national drug rehabilitation organization. He also helped David and Cindy Bandilla renew their marriage vows in a moving ceremony overlooking the sweeping Laguna Seca track.

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Borcheller hopes to win his first Grand-Am Cup championship after the season finale at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., on Oct. 30. He will also compete in a Rolex Sports Car Series race in Fontana on Oct. 31.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem
Teams Corvette Racing