two for two Terry Borcheller earned his second American Le Mans Series podium position in as many starts this season, with a third-place GTS finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Johnny ...
two for two
Terry Borcheller earned his second American Le Mans Series podium position in as many starts this season, with a third-place GTS finish at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Johnny Mowlem of Maidenhead, England, both drove strong stints in the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R to reach the podium.
Borcheller qualified third on the GTS grid with a time of one minute 19.685 seconds on the 2.25-mile road course. He started the race and held third place through his stint. Mowlem took over at 1h4, and returned to the track in fourth place. He lost the hood of the car an hour later, but still managed to regain third place just three minutes before the end of the two-hour 45-minute race.
"Competing with the [race-winning] Corvettes at this level of racing is tough," Borcheller said. "We've done a lot of testing and we're not where we need to be, but we've made a lot of progress. The schedule is going to get really hectic, so if we can come out of here with a podium, it's a great start."
Borcheller switched to an open-wheel chassis for a Star Mazda Series race at Mid-Ohio on June 26. The car is owned by Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas, Borcheller's co-driver in the Rolex Sports Car Series. Borcheller qualified the No. 48 Pro Formula Mazda 18th on the 41-car grid, worked through the field to ninth, then spun and dropped back to finish 13th.
"It was a blast!," he reported. "Getting back in an open-wheel car was a lot of fun. I'm very thankful to Forest for letting me do it. It was a great opportunity for my sponsors K&N Performance Filters and Bondurant because they were both on the car. I had a great start and a really good race, except for the spin. It was a lot of fun."
The Star Mazda race will be telecast on Speed Channel on Sunday, July 11 at noon ET.
Borcheller will compete in two races in five days. He will drive the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Doran JE4 in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Daytona International Speedway on July 1, then race to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Conn., for an American Le Mans Series race on July 5. He will again contest the GTS class in the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R.