Rand Racing 2002 season summary

2 and 10 Rand Racing capped a dream season in 2002 with two championships in the Rolex Sports Car Series SRPII class. Terry Borcheller won the class driver title and paced the rookie team to its first team championship. Rand Racing completed...

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Rand Racing capped a dream season in 2002 with two championships in the Rolex Sports Car Series SRPII class. Terry Borcheller won the class driver title and paced the rookie team to its first team championship. Rand Racing completed a perfect class record of 10 wins, 10 pole positions and 10 fastest laps in as many races, starting with last year's series finale.

It was victory by design. Knowing experience was the key to success, team owner Bill Rand contracted the veteran Risi Competizione crew to prepare the team's two Nissan Lolas and enlisted top drivers Terry Borcheller, Marino Franchitti, Niclas Jonsson, Ralf Kelleners, Anthony Lazzaro and Jerry Nadeau. It was an unbeatable combination.

The run started at Daytona International Speedway in 2001, as Borcheller and Lazzaro topped the SRPII class in the team's first race. Returning for the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona, Kelleners was quickest in class during testing and Lazzaro claimed the SRPII pole by more than three seconds. Borcheller, Kelleners, Lazzaro and Rand led every class lap during the 24-hour race, won the class by 25 laps and finished third overall.

By season's end, the team had its record of class wins and poles plus six overall podium finishes. They included a powerful two-three finish in the six-hour race at Watkins Glen International, with Borcheller, Kelleners and Lazzaro edging Franchitti, Jonsson and Rand.



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Borcheller and Lazzaro each won seven SRPII races in 2002, six together. Kelleners drove the winning car three times and Rand twice. Franchitti, Jonsson and Nadeau all notched a win - each in their first race with the team. Borcheller and Lazzaro have never lost a race as Rand Racing co-drivers and Lazzaro is undefeated with the team.

Borcheller won four class pole positions and Franchitti, Kelleners and Lazzaro one each. Two race grids were set by points. Borcheller posted the fastest race lap three times; Franchitti, Kelleners and Lazzaro were each quickest twice.

The team's two Nissan Lolas completed 94 per cent of the SRPII laps during the season. Asked how they achieved such impressive results, the drivers all attributed their success to the talented Risi Competizione crew, whose meticulous preparation of two very fast cars paid off in a season to savor.

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