Portland: ACEMCO Motorsports Friday qualifying report

ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Third in GT1 at Portland Portland, Oregon -- Terry Borcheller drove the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R to a third place starting position in GT1 for tomorrow's running of the American Le Mans Series...

ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Third in GT1 at Portland

Portland, Oregon -- Terry Borcheller drove the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R to a third place starting position in GT1 for tomorrow's running of the American Le Mans Series Portland Grand Prix.

Under sunny skies and a temperature of 89-degrees, Terry Borcheller was able to qualify his Saleen racer with a time of 1:08.661 and an average speed of 103 mph. Teammate Johnny Mowlem has set the pace in the car, turning a 1:08.553 lap time in the morning session. The crew has been battling a recurring starter issue this weekend that has cost them valuable practice time.

"We lost about half of the practice session with the starter problem," said Borcheller. "The guys did a good job to get it fixed so we could qualify. I had minimal laps in the car today, just the way it worked out in the rotation. We had an understeer in qualifying that cost me some time. I think if we would have had those laps I could have been even closer. I think we had another couple of tenths in the car. We will definitely work on it and try to solve it in the warm-up tomorrow."

"We have had some unusual starter issues this week, I hope it is behind us," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "The top five GT1 cars are very close on the time sheet, all within three-quarters of a second. This track is not very technical and really doesn't lend itself to a lot of drama, except in turn one. I am looking forward to a close tough race."

The ALMS race from Portland will be televised live on the Speed Channel starting at 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 30th.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem