SCC: Watkins Glen: Terry Borcheller preview

seven in seven Terry Borcheller likes to win at Watkins Glen International. The Gainesville, Ga., driver has enjoyed seven victories and 10 podium finishes on the New York track in the past seven years. One of those wins was in a car he sat in...

seven in seven

Terry Borcheller likes to win at Watkins Glen International. The Gainesville, Ga., driver has enjoyed seven victories and 10 podium finishes on the New York track in the past seven years. One of those wins was in a car he sat in for the first time after the race started! His most recent Watkins Glen success was in 2003, en route to the Rolex Sports Car Series driver championship.

Borcheller will team with Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas, and Andy Pilgrim of Delray Beach, Fla., for the six-hour Rolex Series race scheduled for June 20 on the historic 3.4-mile road course. The trio will drive the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 that won the Rolex 24 at Daytona this year.

"It's a great race track," Borcheller said. "I have a lot of confidence in the track and it's one of those places where things seem to click. I tend to be sharpened on the more technical tracks - they bring the best out in me. I really enjoy the rhythm of the track; it has a good flow to it. I can get into a major groove there."

track torque

Borcheller will also compete in the Grand-Am Cup race at Watkins Glen on June 19. It will be his second race in the No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V with co-driver Devon Powell of Port Perry, Ont.

"The Cadillac is strong in torque, so I have a feeling it's going to be a very good track for the car," Borcheller suggested. "A lot of cars with torque don't do well there, but I think that's because the track is so technical. You've got to hit the setup correctly and use the torque to be able to win."

Ferrari and F1

The Ferrari Challenge drivers will benefit from Borcheller's expertise when he returns as series coach for their race at le Circuit Gilles-Villeneuve in Montréal on June 13. The race is a support event for the Canadian stop in the Formula One World Championship.

testing ...

Borcheller completed two recent tests in very different race cars. He tested the No. 63 Saleen S7R sports-car with ACEMCO Motorsports at Laguna Seca Raceway in Monterey, Calif., on May 25 and 26, then traveled to MotorSport Ranch in Fort Worth, Texas, for a Pro Formula Mazda test on June 1. He'll drive the open-wheel Mazda for owner Forest Barber in the Star Mazda Series race at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on June 26.

"It's going to be exciting because of Forest's generosity in allowing me to carry my sponsors on the car," Borcheller noted. "Also, it's been a long time since I've been in a open-wheel car, so it wil be fun." His sponsors include K&N Performance Filters, Infinity2 Nutrition and Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving.

details

The Watkins Glen Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for Sunday, June 20 from 11 am to 5 pm. It will be telecast live on Speed Channel from 11 am to 12:30 pm and 3 pm to 5:30 pm.

The Grand-Am Cup race is set for Saturday, June 19 from 2 pm to 5 pm. It will air on Speed Channel on Sunday, June 27 from 2 pm to 3 pm.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Devon Powell , Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber , Port Perry