border-bound Terry Borcheller will be racing all week, both on track and between countries. The Gainesville, Ga., driver will travel across the Canada-U.S. border six times this week for races in the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports...
Terry Borcheller will be racing all week, both on track and between countries. The Gainesville, Ga., driver will travel across the Canada-U.S. border six times this week for races in the American Le Mans Series and the Rolex Sports Car Series.
He will conduct back-to-back tests of the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont., on Aug. 3 and the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Doran JE4 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, on Aug. 5. He will return to Mosport on Aug. 6 for an American Le Mans Series practice in the Saleen, then race the Doran with Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas, in a Rolex Series event at Mid-Ohio on Aug. 7. Borcheller will head back to Mosport to drive the Saleen with Johnny Mowlem of London, England, in an ALMS race on Aug. 8 before returning to the United States to prepare for another race on Aug. 13.
Mosport and Mid-Ohio
Luckily, the 2.459-mile Mosport road course and the 2.25-mile Mid-Ohio track are two of Borcheller's favorites.
"I love the challenge of Mosport. It's a very fast, technical track; it has a great flow to it. There's a high-speed rhythm to that track that is pretty intense. It's a driver's track and I enjoy it," he said. "It's great to be able to have a little bit of time on the track before the weekend, especially since I'll be doing both races on the same weekend. It will make it a lot easier.
"Mid-Ohio is one of my favorite North-American tracks. We've made a lot of changes to the car - we should have a lighter, better, faster car. We're excited to see what the changes will do on track."
Borcheller would also like to earn championship points in the Grand-Am Cup race at Mid-Ohio, but it's scheduled at the same time as the Mosport ALMS race, requiring a magical commute to compete in both. "I would really like to do the Grand-Am Cup race because of the points situation but logistically, it's looking almost impossible," he noted.
Although Borcheller will be competing in different classes in different series this week, he said his task is easier than it appears because the Saleen S7R, which he drives in the ALMS GTS class, and the Doran JE4, his mount in the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class, have similar characteristics:
"The prototype is a lot like the GTS car. Aero-wise, they are similar and power-wise, with the normal restriction of the S7, they're similar. I think the GTS car still has a little more power, but the lap times are the same, give or take a couple of seconds."
The Rolex Sports Car Series race is set for Saturday, Aug. 7 from 5:30 pm to 7:45 pm on the 2.25-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. It will be telecast on Speed Channel from 8 pm to 11 pm.
The American Le Mans Series race will run on Sunday, Aug. 8 from noon to 2:45 pm on the 2.459-mile Mosport International Raceway road course in Bowmanville, Ont. It will air live on CBS Sports from 1 pm to 3 pm. The ALMS Radio Web will broadcast live from Mosport on Saturday, Aug. 7 from 2:45 pm to 4:10 pm and on Sunday, Aug. 8 from 11 am to 2:45 pm (americanlemans.com).