Terry Borcheller July 4th weekend preview

streaking Terry Borcheller will race on two very different tracks this week, but he has a record of success on both. He'll start with a late-night Rolex Sports Car Series race on July 1 on the infield "roval" at Daytona (Fla.) International ...

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Terry Borcheller will race on two very different tracks this week, but he has a record of success on both. He'll start with a late-night Rolex Sports Car Series race on July 1 on the infield "roval" at Daytona (Fla.) International Speedway, then catch a middle-of-the-night charter to Connecticut to prepare for an American Le Mans Series race on the Lime Rock Park road course in Lakeville on July 5.

Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., has eight career victories on the 3.56-mile Daytona track that combines oval and road course turns, including a four-race streak in the past 12 months. He and Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas, will be looking for another win in the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Pontiac-powered Doran JE4.

"We have an unbelievable record at Daytona and it would be great to continue that streak," Borcheller said. "We're working real hard to make the car more competitive out of the box. Everybody struggles with grip at Daytona. Because we're on a spec tire and everybody has the same rubber, it's a matter of how well you get the car set up. Jim Bell is very good at what he does and it shows up at Daytona."

short stuff

The American Le Mans Series will race at Lime Rock Park for the first time on July 5, but it will be a return to familiar territory for Borcheller, who has four wins on the short 1.54-mile track. He knows staying out of trouble will be the key to success in the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R that he drives with Johnny Mowlem of Maidenhead, England.

"I'm very excited to be back in the Saleen and to see how Jeff [Giangrande, team owner] is running the car. He really wants to do things right, to be competitive and win. I just like being around that, being a part of it," Borcheller said.

"Lime Rock is a short track so even if the [championship-leading] Corvettes are better than us, we could surprise them. If you can run the whole race without being hit or hitting someone, you usually do well there."

summer camp

Borcheller will make two special stops this week. He'll visit Camp Boggy Creek in Eunis, Fla., on July 1. The facility is one of the Hole in the Wall Gang Camps that provide a summer camp experience for children who have chronic or life-threatening illnesses. Following the Lime Rock race, he will participate in a go-kart camp organized by Motorsports Ministries for 30 inner-city children in Boston.

"It's very special to me to be able to spend a little bit of time with these kids," Borcheller said. "It makes what I do make more sense. At the end of the day, you come home with a trophy in your hand and it's a pretty empty life if that's all there is to it. It's just very cool to see those kids light up when they see you with your driver suit on or you give them an autograph card. I really enjoy that."

details (ET)

The Rolex Sports Car Series race is scheduled for Thursday, July 1 from 11 pm to 1:45 am on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway track in Daytona Beach, Fla. It will be telecast on Sunday, July 4 at noon on Speed Channel.

The American Le Mans Series race is set for Monday, July 5 from 3 pm to 5:45 pm on the 1.54-mile Lime Rock Park road course in Lakeville, Conn. It will air live on Speed Channel at 3 pm.

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Series ALMS , Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem , Forest Barber