Portland: Terry Borcheller preview

back on track Terry Borcheller is happy to have an American Le Mans Series race at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway on July 25, just one week after a major mechanical failure took him out of the series race in Sonoma, Calif. Borcheller, of...

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Terry Borcheller is happy to have an American Le Mans Series race at Portland (Ore.) International Raceway on July 25, just one week after a major mechanical failure took him out of the series race in Sonoma, Calif. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Johnny Mowlem of London, England, will continue their quest for GTS class honors, driving the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R for team owner Jeff Giangrande.

"Jeff said he's glad that we're racing so quickly again and I would have to echo that. That [double axle failure on the Saleen] was probably the biggest disappointment of the year for me. Going to Portland so quickly will help put it behind us," Borcheller said.

The ACEMCO Motorsports team tested in Portland earlier this season, so they know what it takes to tame the 1.944-mile road course. Borcheller believes tires will be a key factor.

"I've heard that Pirelli will have a new tire for us here and I really hope that happens," he said. "We tested here for two days and we learned a tremendous amount. The biggest thing we learned is the importance of having a tire that works well at Portland."

off-track

Borcheller is a frequent guest speaker at the Victory Racing Camp in Portland, which provides encouragement and motivation for teens through go-kart racing. This week, the group will visit him trackside. The camp organizer, Dave Black, and Motorsports Ministries pastor Richard Anderson made the visit possible.

Borcheller also stopped en route to Portland to speak to a men's group and to participate in a church service in Olympia, Wash.

details (PT)

The American Le Mans Series race is scheduled for Sunday, July 25 from 1 pm to 3:45 pm on the 1.944-mile Portland International Raceway road course in Portland, Ore. The race will be telecast live on Speed Channel from 1 pm to 4 pm. The ALMS Radio Web (americanlemans.com) will cover qualifying on Saturday, July 24 from 3 pm to 4:30 pm and the race on Sunday, July 25 from noon to 3:45 pm.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem