Saleen savvy

Terry Borcheller has one piece of his race puzzle set with the announcement that he will return to the American Le Mans Series GTS class in 2004, driving the ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R for team owner Jeff Giangrande. Borcheller, who recently moved to Gainesville, Ga., will share driving duty with Johnny Mowlem of Warfield, England.

Borcheller knows how to score in a Saleen. From 1998 to 2001, he won three professional driver championships and 17 races in Saleens. He will be on familiar ground in the ALMS, where he won the 2001 GTS championship in a Saleen S7R. The ACEMCO program will also reunite Borcheller with Pirelli, which has provided high-performance tires and worked closely with him since 2000.

"It's really an honor to be involved with a businessman / team owner such as Jeff Giangrande. I am very impressed with his direction and leadership," Borcheller said. "You can judge someone's character pretty quickly by what they believe or some of the things they say, and his character has been inspirational to me.

"I had the unique opportunity to see his business operation - it functions unbelievably! A lot of the same successful principles he's implemented in his business, he's putting in place in the racing team. I hope it has the same results, which would be to be at the top level of competition. It's a pretty high standard, but he's done it in business and it would be great if he could do it in racing."

K&N, too

Borcheller's personal sponsor, K&N Performance Filters, will be a key partner in all of his race activities next year.

"With the structure of each program, there's a definitive place for K&N," Borcheller noted. "They have been a part of every negotiation with every team, from decals to patches to in-car cameras. Since they've committed to me, I've been able to utilize their participation with my negotiations."

more to come

Borcheller is finalizing details to compete in two more race series in 2004. He will return to the Rolex Sports Car Series to defend his Daytona Prototype championship and will aim for the top in a new Grand-Am Cup program. He is also considering opportunities to race in the 24 Heures du Mans and the Le Mans Endurance Series.