Terry Borcheller will receive a bonus when he travels to Phoenix this week - two races, plus the chance to catch up with family and friends. Borcheller lived in Phoenix for 12 years before moving to his current home in Gainesville, Ga. He is returning to compete in Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup races this weekend.
Borcheller will drive the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 in the Rolex Series race with Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex. The pair are second in series points after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona and finishing sixth at Homestead-Miami Speedway.
"I'm very excited to go back to Phoenix. We have a lot of really, really good friends there who we're missing badly," Borcheller said. "Not only do we get to visit with them, but we also get the opportunity to invite them to the race. PIR is a great spectator race; you can see the whole track. If you put 40 cars in a bull ring like that, you'll have a lot of action!"
Borcheller noted the team has increased its preparation for the Phoenix race, which will be run on the 1.51-mile infield road course at Phoenix International Raceway. "We tested after the Homestead race and we made significant improvements, so we expect to be back on pace at Phoenix," he said.
Borcheller will also drive the No. 44 Porsche 996 prepared by TheRaceSite.com Racing in the Phoenix Grand-Am Cup race. He and his co-driver, Craig Stanton of Long Beach, Calif., are first in the championship standings with two victories this season. Their teammates, Joe Nonnamaker of Massillon, Ohio, and Wayne Nonnamaker of North Canton, Ohio, are close behind them.
TheRaceSite.com Racing has generously offered extra signage to Borcheller's personal sponsors - all three team cars now carry the colors of K&N Performance Filters, Infinity2 Nutrition and Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.
Borcheller has won more races in the Grand American Road Racing
Association than any other driver. His 34 wins include a GTO victory at
Phoenix in 2000, en route to the Grand American GTO driver championship.
He is sixth of all-time race winners in North American road racing since
1963, with 53 career victories.
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Borcheller's sponsor Infinity2 Nutrition is based in nearby Scottsdale, Ariz., and the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving is in Phoenix. Infinity2 will have a pit suite for the race weekend, providing fast-paced entertainment for corporate guests and an instant fan base for Borcheller. Bob Bondurant will also attend the race.
Borcheller will continue his tradition of meeting youth groups invited to the track by Motorsports Ministries. A group of teens from Chandler First Assembly will be at Phoenix International Raceway on April 8 to watch practice and chat with him.
The Grand-Am Cup race is scheduled for 6 pm to 8:30 pm on Friday, April 9, and the Rolex Sports Car Series race for 6 pm to 8:45 pm on Saturday, April 10. Both races will run on the 1.51-mile infield road course at Phoenix International Raceway.
The Rolex Series race will air live on Speed Channel starting at 6 pm on Saturday, April 10. The Grand-Am Cup race will be telecast on Sunday, April 18 at 3 pm.
Speed Channel will air a two-hour highlights program of the Rolex 24 at Daytona - which Borcheller and Barber won - on Thursday, April 15 from 3 pm to 5 pm. Fans can also see Borcheller's podium finish in highlights of the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring on Speed Channel on Sunday, April 11 from noon to 2 pm.