quick start Terry Borcheller continued his podium run in the American Le Mans Series with a third-place GTS finish at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Sunday. The Gainesville, Ga., driver qualified the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen...
Terry Borcheller continued his podium run in the American Le Mans Series with a third-place GTS finish at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wis., on Sunday.
The Gainesville, Ga., driver qualified the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R fourth on the GTS grid with a lap of two minutes 5.138 seconds on the 4.048-mile road course. His qualifying attempt was hindered by a soft brake pedal and a vibration in the car, but he made up the lost time in the first lap of the race, quickly moving to third and challenging for second in class.
"I had a really good start!" he said. "I would have passed one of the [class-leading] Corvettes had an Audi not spun, but I had to give up the run I had on him because the Audi blocked the line I was on. The first half of the stint was good, but then we started having some tire issues."
The tire problems continued through the two-hour 45-minute race, as did an electrical glitch that cut power to the driver fan, cooling suit and water bottle. The team had sealed the car to improve aerodynamics on the long track, which compounded the drivers' discomfort.
"The cool suit, the fan and the water bottle were all on the same relay. Something shorted in the motor in the cool box and that popped the relay so I lost the air, the cool suit and the drink bottle just before the first pitstop. Halfway through my second run I was toasted. We had sealed the windows up to try to gain some time because it's such a long track, so I was just suffocating in there," Borcheller said.
Johnny Mowlem of London, England, drove the second stint, starting at 1h23. He lost one position 25 minutes later when his left-front tire deflated, zapping him into a gravel trap. The crew quickly replaced the tire and he was able to regain third place and hold it to the finish.
ACEMCO Motorsports leads the IMSA Cup GTS championship for privateer teams, with five first-place finishes this season. The team could clinch the class title with a strong finish at the next ALMS race, the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., on Sept. 25.
Borcheller spent Friday evening with his extended fan group at Road America. Fans from Wisconsin and Michigan hosted a joint barbecue to share his tales from the track. Johnny Mowlem and Borcheller's father also attended. "The barbecue was amazing," Borcheller reported.
Terry and Tracy Borcheller will attend the wedding of his former teammate, Ron Johnson, and Ginger Cale, this weekend. Borcheller and Johnson raced together from 1998 to 2000 and shared the 2000 Grand-American Road Racing Association GTO driver championship. The Borchellers offer special wishes to the couple for a wonderful day and much happiness together.
Borcheller will participate in three ACEMCO Motorsports tests, at Putnam Park Road Course in Meridian, Ind., on Aug. 30; at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Sept. 2 and at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., from Sept. 17 to 19.