Borcheller Involved in Accident During Paul Revere 250 in Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., July 2 - Forest Barber and Terry Borcheller's solid top-10 or better finish in the Paul Revere 250 Rolex series race at Daytona International Speedway was destroyed early Friday morning when Borcheller was involved in an accident with 54 laps down in the 70-lap race while battling for ninth place.
Both Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and the other driver involved, Cort Wagner of Los Angeles, escaped serious injury in the violent wreck.
Barber and Borcheller's official order of finish with Bell Motorsports' Kodak EasyShare DORAN JE4 Pontiac in the race, which started at 11:28 p.m. Thursday night, was 15th in the Daytona Prototype class and 31st overall.
Barber, of Fort Worth, started 15th and was happy to escape the opening lap without getting hit, something that has happened to him three different times this year. He drove for an hour and seven minutes before he ran out of fuel while running ninth. He made it back to the pits somehow on lap 33 for fuel, fresh Goodyear tires and for Borcheller to take over.
When Borcheller started his stint the team was in 12th place. He improved three positions in 39 minutes, but while he was dicing with Wagner he was hit in the rear in turn one, sending him into the outside wall in a backwards slide. Wagner's car then made head-on contact with Borcheller's until both finally stopped.
Both cars are DORAN JE4s, so Doran Designs will be busy providing parts in the next few weeks prior to the next race, which is scheduled for Aug. 6-8 at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio.
Borcheller was unavailable for comment because he had a flight immediately after the race to Connecticut for Monday's American Le Mans Series event.
"During my stint we may have had a fuel pick-up problem; I don't know," Barber said. "I ran out of fuel on the backstretch and we lost power completely on pit lane.
"I was just working hard to stay out of trouble," he continued. "I wish we could have stayed on the same lap before Terry got in. We made an adjustment to the gear ratio that may have helped us today. At least I got through the first lap without getting hit. It was a good stint for me, really.
"Then the 81 car hit Terry in the right rear and spun him, and they crashed together," Barber added. " He thought he had had a right-rear tire go down at first. He was quite upset when he found out what had happened; he doesn't understand why. The car is pretty torn up. It will take a lot of work to get us to the next race, but we'll do it."
The 250-mile, 70-lap, two-and-three-quarters-hour race around the 3.56-mile road course will be televised on SPEED at noon Eastern on Sunday.
Additional information can be found at www.feedstheneedracing.com and the Grand American section of Kodak's Web site at www.Kodak.com/US/en/consumer/garr/.
Borcheller's Web site is at www.tborcheller.com. Other sites to check out include www.grandamerican.com, www.speedtv.com and www.restartcommunications.com.