handling finesse Terry Borcheller is looking for a boost from his day job to help him win the Grand-Am Cup driver championship. The Gainesville, Ga., driver is a Porsche Driving Experience instructor at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham,...
Terry Borcheller is looking for a boost from his day job to help him win the Grand-Am Cup driver championship. The Gainesville, Ga., driver is a Porsche Driving Experience instructor at Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala., the site of the next series race on Oct. 9. He has spent seven days on the 2.3-mile road course in the past year and will have two more days on the job this week, before the race weekend starts.
Borcheller leads the Grand-Am Cup driver championship by seven points over Craig Stanton of Long Beach, Calif. Borcheller is chasing the title in the No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V with Devon Powell of Port Perry, Ont. Stanton is teamed with David Murry of Cumming, Ga., in the No. 43 TheRaceSite.com Porsche 996.
"It's going to be more difficult than the last race [at Virginia International Raceway] because we don't have the straightaway we had at VIR," Borcheller noted. "At Birmingham, because you don't have the straightaways, the handling is going to be more critical. I think there will be a lot more Porsches towards the front, and the Nissans and BMWs are going to be up towards the front, so it's going to be a very difficult race. We need to finish ahead of Craig and David or right behind them. I think the championship could be decided at Birmingham."
Borcheller honed his driving talent at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, joined the program as an instructor and later welcomed the school as a personal sponsor. He noted the school features cars like his championship-leading Cadillac CTS-V: "It's nice to be leading the championship with the same manufacturer that supports the Bondurant School."
In a sport where teamwork is key, a good co-driver can make the difference between a championship run and second place. Borcheller had high praise for Devon Powell, his Grand-Am Cup driving partner.
"Devon has been such a great teammate," Borcheller stressed. "He's smart, he's fast and he's mechanically really sharp, so he's very good on the equipment because he does all the work! He's just a great co-driver; I really enjoy driving with him."
Borcheller will also compete in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Barber Motorsports Park on Oct. 10, driving the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Doran JE4 with Christian Fittipaldi of Biscayne Bay, Fla. Borcheller has fond memories of the track, where a win last year ignited his charge to the series driver championship - his sixth professional championship in as many years - and the team title for Bell Motorsports.
"I love the track. There's a lot of elevation, a lot of transition, and it's very difficult to pass," he noted. "When we won there, that was really the big momentum-shifter in the championship last year for our team."
The Grand-Am Cup race is set for 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, Oct. 9 on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course in Birmingham, Ala. The Rolex Sports Car Series race will run from noon to 2:45 pm on Sunday, Oct. 10, on the same track.
The Rolex Series race will air live on Speed Channel from noon to 3 pm (1 pm to 4 pm ET) on Sunday, Oct. 10. The Grand-Am Cup race will be telecast on Speed Channel from 2 pm to 4 pm (3 pm to 5 pm ET) on Sunday, Oct. 24.