DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 7, 2002) -- Only one thing stands between Terry Borcheller and the SRP II class driving championship in the Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series: The Grand Am Finale at Daytona International Speedway on Nov. 10.
Borcheller, driving for Rand Racing, leads Darren Law in the standings, 270-246. Anthony Lazzaro, a teammate of Borcheller, is third with 210 points.
The 300-mile chase around Daytona's 3.56-mile road course offers the SRP II teams plenty of challenges, but they will be on equal footing when the race starts because all will run on Dunlop tires. Dunlop is the exclusive tire provider for both the SRP II and GT classes in the Rolex Series.
"It's a tough track because of the banking," Borcheller said. "It really affects the temperature on the inside of the tire. You just have to be real careful when you are adjusting the car."
Borcheller, 36, lives in Phoenix with his family. He can win his third championship in as many years, having won the 2001 GTS championship in the American Le Mans Series and the 2000 Rolex Series GTO title.
The 2002 season is Borcheller's first driving prototype racecars. He said prototype cars have a different feel for a driver, especially in traffic.
"It's primarily an issue of grip," said Borcheller. "If you don't have a lot of mechanical grip, you have to rely on downforce."
But, he added, race traffic can lessen downforce and that makes tires a key element to a car's performance.
Nothing, it seems, has cut Borcheller's performance this season. He and his co-drivers have finished first in class seven times, including both the previous races at Daytona. But the Finale will present the teams with a different set of racing circumstances. The first race was the Rolex 24, the 24-hour marathon which opened the season in February. The second event was the Paul Revere 250 in July, an event contested entirely at night. The Finale is scheduled to be run entirely during daylight hours.
Racing circumstances can call for strategic decisions a team would not normally make. At time this year the Rand cars have pitted for fuel without changing tires in order to save time. Borcheller said Dunlop tires have been up to the task.
"We've done it a couple of times and the Dunlop tires have been fine throughout the stints," he said.
Whatever tire strategy the SRP II teams of the Rolex Sports Car Series plan to use at Daytona, they know they can depend on the consistency of their Dunlop tires.
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