Fitness -- both mechanical and physical -- will be a key element of Terry Borcheller's strategy for the Aug. 27 Rolex Sports Car Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The Gainesville, Ga., driver knows the challenges of the...
Fitness -- both mechanical and physical -- will be a key element of Terry Borcheller's strategy for the Aug. 27 Rolex Sports Car Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. The Gainesville, Ga., driver knows the challenges of the technical 2.258-mile road course and the usual August high temperatures and humidity. He and his co-driver Ralf Kelleners of Dusseldorf, Germany, will be ready, as will the engineers who prepare their No. 54 Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 race car.
"I like Mid-Ohio," Borcheller said. "From our engineer's standpoint, with Jim Bell and Joe Lajoy working together, I think we should get a pretty good car. Mid-Ohio is one of those places where the setup makes a big difference. It's technical and it's difficult to pass because the straightaways are short. Another thing to consider is what follows the straightaways -- it's not like you have textbook corners that are easy for passing, but I like working the traffic, so that should be great.
"Ohio in August can be one of the most brutal places anywhere for heat, so that could be an issue. I'm hydrating already, we'll have the cool suit ready and the car is ventilated. We've worked really hard from day one to make sure it is well-ventilated."
69 to 2
Borcheller enjoyed early success at Mid-Ohio, charging from 69th to second in a go-kart race in 1982. "I started 69th. There were 71 or 72 karts, so we were almost last," he recalled. "It was a one-hour endurance race and I ended up finishing second. I went from fourth to second on the last lap, I think. The story gets better as I get older! But I do know if I'd had one more lap, I would have won."
Borcheller continues to fine-tune his fitness program to counter the rigors of racing. He credits fellow driver Andy Pilgrim for sharing an effective strategy. "I used to do weight-training and cardio all the time. A few years ago, I dropped the weight-training and last year I dropped a day of training. It has worked really well for me," Borcheller reported.
"Andy Pilgrim helped me a lot when he was co-driving with me. I talked to him about fitness and how to prepare for races. His advice was, 'Let your body speak for itself.' In other words, if you feel really good after a race, go ahead and keep training. But if you're toast for two days, then take two days off. That's not to say you're not disciplined to follow a routine, but you need to listen to your body because some races really take it out of you. I have followed that advice and it makes a lot of sense for me. It also keeps me very sharp with my training."
The Rolex Sports Car Series race is set for Saturday, Aug. 27 from 5:30 pm to 8:15 pm on the 2.258-mile Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Live timing/scoring and audio will be available at grandamerican.com. The race will air on Speed Channel on Sunday, Aug. 28 from noon to 3 pm.