fly 'n' drive Terry Borcheller will fly from his home in Gainesville, Ga., to this week's American Le Mans Series race in Elkhart Lake, Wis. But he hasn't always enjoyed the luxury of air travel: he and his father logged many miles driving from...
fly 'n' drive
Terry Borcheller will fly from his home in Gainesville, Ga., to this week's American Le Mans Series race in Elkhart Lake, Wis. But he hasn't always enjoyed the luxury of air travel: he and his father logged many miles driving from their home in Florida to races at Road America. In 1996, their truck also doubled as sleeping quarters for an SCCA World Challenge Series race on the 4.048-mile road course. Borcheller started and finished third.
"I remember sleeping in the truck, my dad and I, getting attacked by mosquitoes. We didn't have enough money for a hotel, so we slept in the truck," he recalled. "I'm glad I can be flying to races now, because I drove there a whole bunch from Florida."
The 1996 race at Road America was an important one because it was Borcheller's introduction to Steve Saleen, owner of Saleen, Inc. The two were teammates in that race; two years later, Borcheller was driving for Saleen. They went on to win three sports-car championships together, including the 2001 ALMS GTS driver title. Borcheller returned to the Saleen paddock this year, driving the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R with Johnny Mowlem of London, England.
"That was the first time I met Steve Saleen and he got his first impression of me," Borcheller said of the '96 race. "It was following me through the kink [turn 11] that made him hire me - he said he couldn't believe how fast I went through the kink. He was in a faster class and I went through the kink faster than him. I never touched the brakes. Back in those days, I was doing it flat [no braking] because I was told I could. I'm smarter now ..."
Borcheller will participate in an ALMS live chat session from Road America on Friday. Fans can log on and zap their questions to him. The initiative is part of the series' Fan Frenzy program.
Following the chat, Borcheller will continue his Road America tradition of dining with fan friends on Friday evening. The circle will be bigger this year, as two groups merged to host a barbecue together. Dale Sanky is the driving force behind the original group, from Wisconsin, and Bob Reid leads the second group, from Michigan.
The American Le Mans Series race is set for Sunday, Aug. 22 from 1 pm to 3:45 pm on the 4.048-mile Road America road course in Elkhart Lake, Wis. The race will be telecast live on Speed Channel from 1 pm to 4 pm. The ALMS Radio Web will broadcast live during the race weekend at americanlemans.com (times not available yet).
Borcheller's ALMS web chat will be online at americanlemans.com on Friday, Aug. 20 from 5 pm to 6 pm.
Information and photos are available at tborcheller.com