racing roots Terry Borcheller will have a homecoming this week, returning to the track where he received his only formal race instruction. The Gainesville, Ga., driver has won 57 professional races en route to six professional ...
Terry Borcheller will have a homecoming this week, returning to the track where he received his only formal race instruction. The Gainesville, Ga., driver has won 57 professional races en route to six professional driver championships, but he attended only one four-day racing school. The Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, previously based at Sears Point Raceway in Sonoma, Calif., gave him the confidence to chase his racing dream. Not only did Borcheller graduate from the school, but he was hired almost immediately as a racing instructor.
"I have a great appreciation for the track and for the area; it's a special place for me. We have super friends there who we've known for a long time," he said. "My first and only driving school was the Bondurant School, when they were located there. I ended up going to work for them and they are still a personal sponsor for me. That one and only driving school that I ever did in my life solidified for me that I could do this."
The track, now called Infineon Raceway, will host an American Le Mans Series race on July 18. Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem of Maidenhead, England, will drive the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R in the GTS class. Borcheller said his experience on the 2.53-mile road course is a valuable asset:
"A lot of teaching is not track-specific, but when you teach at Sears Point, you have to be track-specific because there are so many spots that can bite you. You have to really know the track before you can get to the edge. I think that's why I've always done well there, because I've had the inside knowledge of the track. My instructor, Chris Cook, was great."
The Sonoma track offers a diverse calendar of racing events, from go-karts to motorcycles, drag racing, stock cars and sports cars. Borcheller said the range of activities helps to cross-promote different forms of racing.
"Sears Point has a great fan base, which includes not only a sports-car crowd, but also the karting, drag racing and NASCAR fans who will frequent our event," he said. "It's great for sponsors like K&N Performance Filters."
The American Le Mans Series race is scheduled for Sunday, July 18 from 11 pm to 1:45 pm on the 2.53-mile Infineon (Sears Point) Raceway road course in Sonoma, Calif. The race will be telecast live on CBS starting at noon. Qualifying will be broadcast live on the ALMS Radio Web (americanlemans.com) on Saturday, July 17 from 2:15 pm to 3 pm, with race coverage on Sunday, July 18 from 10 am to 1:45 pm.