Daytona 24: Terry Borcheller preview

early out Terry Borcheller got less track time than he expected when his car retired from the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona, held in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 5 and 6. After winning the event last year, the early race withdrawal was especially...

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Terry Borcheller got less track time than he expected when his car retired from the 2005 Rolex 24 At Daytona, held in Daytona Beach, Fla., on Feb. 5 and 6. After winning the event last year, the early race withdrawal was especially frustrating.

Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., qualified the No. 54 Bell Motorsports / Feeds the Need Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 15th on the 62-car grid with a lap time of one minute 49.366 seconds on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway infield road course.

"The car wasn't quite right and I wasn't quite right, either," he reported. "In the lap that I was going for my fast time, I ended up having to abort because of a black flag that was caused by a car stopped on track."

Borcheller started the race and had to pit on the pace lap to correct a brake problem. Quick teamwork got him back on track without losing a lap and the crew completed the repair on a subsequent pitstop. Borcheller dropped to the back of the field, but he and his co-drivers -- Christian Fittipaldi of Biscayne Bay, Fla., Ralf Kelleners of Germany and Paul Tracy of Las Vegas -- regained 11th place before an engine problem forced them out after 11 hours 48 minutes of the 24-hour race.

"I would like to thank the team and all the drivers for enduring the race, because it was a challenge for everybody," Borcheller said. "We had some brake issues early on, we had some tire issues and a lot of the changes that we made to the car over the winter were still being developed, so we didn't have a handle on it."

Saleen test

Prior to the Rolex 24 At Daytona, Borcheller drove the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R in an American Le Mans Series test at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Fla. He reported, "The test with the Saleen was very, very positive with the new Michelin tires. I'm really looking forward to that program."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Christian Fittipaldi , Paul Tracy , Terry Borcheller