Automatic Racing's Borcheller and Segal on the Podium at Barber LEEDS, Ala. -- Jeff Segal and Terry Borcheller gave Automatic Racing their second consecutive podium during Saturday's rain-shortened Grand-Am Cup 200 at Barber Motorsports ...
Automatic Racing's Borcheller and Segal on the Podium at Barber
LEEDS, Ala. -- Jeff Segal and Terry Borcheller gave Automatic Racing their second consecutive podium during Saturday's rain-shortened Grand-Am Cup 200 at Barber Motorsports Park.
Segal qualified sixth in the No. 90 Automatic Racing BMW M3, and he had already moved up one spot after the green flag before a full-course caution began on the first lap.
The race restarted eight laps later and Segal made a charge for the front, passing for third overall on lap 11. Segal kept the Grand Sport class BMW in third until a caution period began near the end of the first hour. He took advantage of the slowed pace to pit, handing the No. 90 car over to Borcheller.
"Actually, it was pretty easy," said Segal of moving into the top three. "A couple of people were asleep at the start. Then we just settled in while a couple of other guys made mistakes. I was able to take advantage and get past."
The pit stop dropped the team down to eighth, but Borcheller quickly began to make up spots when the green flag came back out. By lap 41 he had the No. 90 BMW in third once again.
Borcheller was holding down third after running as high as second when the third and final caution period began. With an impending thunderstorm that promised high winds and lightning, Grand American officials chose to red flag the race, bringing the cars into the pits. The severe weather finally prompted officials to call the race complete.
Segal and Borcheller claimed third place in the No. 90 Automatic Racing BMW for the team's third podium of the season. Segal and Joao Barbosa finished third at Laguna Seca in the No. 90, and during the previous round at Mid-Ohio David Russell and Kris Wilson drove to a finish of third in the No. 09 BMW.
"I was in cruise mode at the start of my stint because we were trying to conserve fuel, but then the guys told me to go ahead and go for it," said Borcheller. "Jeff drove a great opening stint, so it really made my job pretty easy and the team did a great job with the pit stops."
Automatic Racing team owner Jep Thornton was also satisfied with the team's results. "We're really happy to have Terry on the team. Seeing his drive today was just fantastic," said Thornton. "Jeff had a great stint, too, and all of our drivers did well today. We've got four good cars going into Trois-Rivieres and we're really looking forward to it."
The No. 09 BMW of Russell and Grand-Am Cup rookie Matt Varsha finished ninth, giving Automatic Racing two top-ten finishes for the day. "The second caution came at the right time for us to pit, so our strategy would have been great if the race hadn't ended early," said Varsha. "We definitely had a top-five car today. This series is a lot of fun and I want to get on the podium next time."
Emil Assentato and Nick Longhi drove the No. 91 BMW M3 to a 13th-place finish. The No. 99 BMW of Dave Riddle and Kris Wilson was running competitive lap times and steadily moving up in the standings when electrical problems ended their day early.
Automatic Racing will be heading straight to Canada for Le Grand Prix de Trois-Rivieres on Sunday, August 6, just one week away.