Rand Racing enters the final race of the Rolex Sports Car Series season looking for two championships - in its rookie season! The Nov. 10 race is scheduled for three hours on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway road course in Daytona Beach, Fla., but the team will be focused on the first two minutes. Terry Borcheller of Phoenix needs to complete just one lap to win the SRPII class driver championship and ensure Rand Racing's SRPII team title.
Borcheller will drive the No. 8 Nissan Lola with Anthony Lazzaro of Acworth, Ga. Niclas Jonsson of Aliso Viejo, Calif., and Ralf Kelleners of Germany will drive the No. 7 Lola. The cars will be prepared by Houston-based Risi Competizione.
"I'm going to be very conservative - I won't be racing anybody down into the first turn!" Borcheller said, noting his usual racing start will be tamed by concern for the championship. Having won four previous professional titles, he knows what it takes.
"They're all awesome because they're so difficult to come by, because so many things can happen throughout the course of the year," he explained. "You have to have all the ingredients - the right team, the right people, the right car, the right co-drivers and money. At the Rand/Risi racing team we had the majority of the ingredients, if not all. There is a formula to winning, it's not by accident. You might have a lucky [race] win, but to win a championship you've got to have all your ducks in a row consistently."
Rand Racing's crew chief, Richard Taylor, has excelled at the top levels of motorsport. His first of many championships came in 1981, when he prepared the winning car for Formula One world champion Nelson Piquet - under the watchful eye of Brabham team boss Bernie Ecclestone. Taylor learned simplicity is the key to winning championships.
"When we were going for the championship at Brabham, Gordon Murray, the designer, said to me, 'I don't know what you do and I don't care what you do, but whatever you're doing, you're doing it right, so just carry on with it'," Taylor recalled.
"When you get to a really important race that you've got to finish, the key thing is to not do anything different. If you have a formula that works, stick with it. Don't try to redesign the wheel when all you need is reliability. If you've got a winning formula - whether you've stumbled across it or worked hard on it - don't change something you know is working."