ACEMCO Motorsports Sees Highs and Lows at Portland Portland, Oregon -- ACEMCO Motorsports had a very competitive car all weekend and lead the first 27 laps in GT1 of the American Le Mans Series Portland Grand Prix today. Terry Borcheller ...
ACEMCO Motorsports Sees Highs and Lows at Portland
Portland, Oregon -- ACEMCO Motorsports had a very competitive car all weekend and lead the first 27 laps in GT1 of the American Le Mans Series Portland Grand Prix today.
Terry Borcheller started the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S-7R from his third place qualifying position. At the drop of the green flag the Buford, Georgia resident raged past the Corvettes to take the overall lead in GT1.
Borcheller was able to lead for 27 laps until being passed by the Corvettes. On lap 53 Borcheller was behind an Audi prototype going into turn 11 when the engine cover on the prototype departed right in front of Terry, sending German body parts across the racing surface and collecting the Saleen ending an uplifting day.
"I was aggressive at the start of the race and it just opened up," said Borcheller. "It was great to be able to lead those yellow cars around the track. The Audi literally exploded in front of me and the debris on the track just sent me spinning into the wall. It was tough because we were one lap away from pitting. Again we have made progress with the car. Every race we are getting closer."
Teammate Johnny Mowlem did not a turn a race lap, but was encouraged by the competitiveness of the car all weekend. "Of course I am disappointed that I didn't get a chance to mix it up with the Corvettes in the race, but I am encouraged by what the car showed all weekend. I am thankful that Terry was not hurt, that is a section of the track that where we are going about 160 mph. I am very excited to go to Road America!"
"It sure was nice to lead those laps today," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "We took a small gamble with the softer tires and it was that little edge that we needed. Terry was lucky to come away unhurt. The car has a lot of body damage and the steering rack is broken. I am encouraged that we are making progress. I hope we can use this three weeks to Road America to take care of some details and keep improving."
Round seven of the American Le Mans Series will be run on August 22nd at Road America in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin.