Terry Borcheller successfully completed the American Le Mans Series season with a solid finish in the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 18. The Phoenix driver combined with Shane Lewis of Jupiter, Fla., and Darren Law of Phoenix for...
Terry Borcheller successfully completed the American Le Mans Series season with a solid finish in the 1000-mile Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta on Oct. 18. The Phoenix driver combined with Shane Lewis of Jupiter, Fla., and Darren Law of Phoenix for a seventh-place GT finish in the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Ferrari 360 Modena GT.
Borcheller qualified 10th in class with a lap time of one minute 35.656 seconds on the 2.54-mile road course. He drove the first hour of the race, followed by Law and Lewis. The three continued the rotation through 9.5 hours, surviving a race marked by aggressive driving that drew eight full-course cautions. Borcheller drove the final stint to a seventh-place GT finish.
"At the beginning, they [the other competitors] were not driving like a thousand-mile race," Borcheller noted. "They were taking a lot of chances. We have to take chances because our car is down on power, so for us it was normal. But I was surprised to see the faster cars taking the chances they were taking."
In the final 15 minutes of the race, Borcheller narrowly avoided two crashes. He dodged between a GTS and GT car that had contact in the esses and then fought to avoid hitting a prototype car after sliding in oil from an engine failure in another GT car. Borcheller had lost radio contact with his crew, so he mistakenly thought the second incident was a crash involving two GT cars.
"We had a relatively flawless run," he reported. "But the last 15 minutes of the race, I had two situations. One of the Prodrive cars got together with the J-3 car. I was the only car that went through, between the wall and the Prodrive car that was stopped. Then, on the last lap, Boris [Said] blew his motor and [Randy] Pobst hit his oil and went straight off. I thought they hit each other. The number one Audi almost stopped and then I hit the oil. I came so close to running into the back of him! So the last 15 minutes was very eventful for me."
Borcheller is hard at work to finalize plans for 2004. He is negotiating options in the American Le Mans Series, the Le Mans Endurance Series in Europe, the Rolex Sports Car Series and the Grand-Am Cup.
Borcheller will compete in the final 2003 Grand-Am Cup and Rolex Sports Car Series races, at Daytona International Speedway on Oct. 31 and Nov. 1. He is leading the Daytona Prototype driver championship in the Rolex Series and is a close third in the Grand-Am Cup GSII class.