Friday night fever Watkins Glen International must be one of Terry Borcheller's favorite tracks - he has earned seven of his 57 professional race wins on the New York road course. He'll be looking for a repeat when he takes the green flag for...
Friday night fever
Watkins Glen International must be one of Terry Borcheller's favorite tracks - he has earned seven of his 57 professional race wins on the New York road course. He'll be looking for a repeat when he takes the green flag for this week's Rolex Sports Car Series race, following NASCAR Nextel Cup qualifying on Friday evening.
Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., will have a new co-driver for the race. Recognizing the high visibility of the NASCAR race weekend, Borcheller's usual partner, Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas, offered his seat to General Motors driver Oliver Gavin of Northampton, England, honoring the Pontiac power in the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Doran JE4.
Borcheller and Gavin have driven together twice, with strong results both times. They won the GTS class in the 12 Hours of Sebring and scored a GTS podium finish in the 24 Heures du Mans, both in 2001.
"Because of the NASCAR weekend, Forest wants the best result possible for [team sponsor] Kodak," Borcheller noted. "I have a lot of confidence in our team. With Ollie coming on board and the changes we've made to the car, I'm very optimistic."
Borcheller's sponsors K&N Performance Filters, Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Infinity2 Nutrition, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets and Goodyear will also receive extra exposure with the expected huge NASCAR audience.
The Aug. 13 Rolex Series race will be staged on the 2.45-mile road course at Watkins Glen, rather than the longer 3.4-mile course raced in June. The two-hour race is scheduled to start at 6:30 pm, so the setting sun will be a key factor for both Daytona Prototype cars, including the Bell Doran, and the slower GT and SGS cars.
"On the long track, you can get into a nice rhythm. But the short track has a really fast pace to it, it has a good flow," Borcheller said.
"It's going to be a lot harder for the GT and SGS cars than it will be for us because it's very difficult to see in the mirrors going out of turn one up through the esses with the sun behind them. Since I've been in a lower-class car, driving a prototype I will be very aware of that as I'm making passes on the slower cars, because that's tricky. In evening races, you really have to think about where the sun's at."
The Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm on Friday, Aug. 13, on the 2.45-mile Watkins Glen International road course in Watkins Glen, N.Y. It will be telecast Friday, Aug. 13 at 10 pm on Speed Channel.