Terry Borcheller has locked in a triple race season for 2004. The Gainesville, Ga., driver will compete in the American Le Mans Series, the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup. The three series will include 30 races across North America.
Borcheller will return to defend his Daytona Prototype championship in the Rolex Sports Car Series, again teaming with Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex., in the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Doran JE4. Borcheller acknowledged a second championship won't be easy.
"It's going to be extremely difficult next year, but we're taking steps to make ourselves and the car better," he said. "Forest went through the Human Performance International program, which is great. We know the competition is going to be serious."
Borcheller wants to beat his Grand-Am Cup rivals at their own game, using their equipment. After finishing second to Joe and Wayne Nonnamaker of Massillon, Ohio, in the 2003 Grand-Am Cup GSII class, Borcheller selected their championship team to prepare his GS entry for 2004.
TheRaceSite.com team will field a Porsche 996 for Borcheller and series rookie John Krieg of Dallas.
"If you can't beat 'em, join 'em!" Borcheller grinned. "John Krieg reminds me a lot of Forest when he first came into the Grand-Am Cup. Forest has had an immense amount of success and has been very happy with the progress. I want to try to duplicate that with John, so we looked at a lot of different options and a lot of teams. The Nonnamakers came out on top and we're real happy to be running with them. If anybody can give us a shot at the championship, they can. They've proved that."
Borcheller will be racing for overall race honors as well as class wins in both the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup. The Daytona Prototype class will continue as the leading class in the Rolex Series, while the Grand Sport (GS) class will move to the top in the Grand-Am Cup.
Borcheller acknowledged the value of racing in the Grand-Am Cup with a team that is also a media partner, hosting TheRaceSite.com. "It's great to be associated with a team that is into the media side of racing because it's going to be really good for my personal sponsors," he noted.
"K&N Performance Filters and the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving are confirmed for next year, and I'm anticipating involvement from Infinity2, Alpinestars and Bell Helmets."
As announced in November, Borcheller will also contest the American Le Mans Series GTS class, driving the ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R. Many believe the GTS class will be the one to watch in 2004.
Where does a champion spend his off-season? Borcheller goes to the track. His travels this month included two races in the Dominican Republic and a track day in Mexico City.
Borcheller joined Luis Mendez Racing for the final two races in the 2003 Dominican Republic Trans-Am series. He qualified his Riley & Scott Jaguar third and finished third in the first race, which determined his starting position for the second race. He was hit from behind during the second race, forcing a pit stop for a tire change, but returned in a strong drive from the back of the field to second place when his power steering failed. He finished fourth.
"Luis won the championship, which was the plan," Borcheller said. "The second race was unbelievably fun and exciting. Going through the field was awesome!"
Borcheller warmed up in a track day for the Saleen dealer in Mexico City, thrilling clients and media with high-speed track tours. He also enjoyed a stint behind the wheel of an Enzo Ferrari owned by the dealer principal.
"So much for the off-season!" he joked.