Borcheller Hopes History Repeats Itself And He'll be Victorious July 30 At Barber Motorsports Park LEBANON, Ohio, July 21 - The people who operate Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala. appreciate history. After all, there's a ...
Borcheller Hopes History Repeats Itself And He'll be Victorious July 30 At Barber Motorsports Park
LEBANON, Ohio, July 21 - The people who operate Barber Motorsports Park near Birmingham, Ala. appreciate history. After all, there's a 144,000-square-foot, four-story motorsports museum on the grounds of the 720-ace park.
Driver Terry Borcheller will always be a part of the facility's history. He and Forest Barber won the very first professional auto race at Barber Motorsports Park's 2.38-mile, 16-turn road course in May 2003 in a DORAN JE4.
Now Borcheller, of Vero Beach, Fla., and Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif. will try to duplicate those winning ways in the Porsche 250 presented by Bradley Arant Rolex Series race July 28-30. They'll drive the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77, which carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS.
The 250-mile race will be broadcast on SPEED at 3 p.m. Eastern time July 30.
"Forest and I won the first race there, which was a big win for us," recalled Borcheller, who went on to the Daytona Prototype driver championship that year. "It was the first professional race that they had there, and to win that was very cool. I don't know that I've ever had that experience before, so that was very special.
"The DORAN has done well there," Borcheller added. "We qualified outside pole the year before last."
Borcheller and Ralf Kelleners qualified eighth for this race last year and finished fifth in the Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4 Pontiac. Doran Racing's DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 of Matteo Bobbi and Fabrizio Gollin qualified fourth and finished tenth, while the Doran Labonte Racing DORAN JE4 Pontiac No. 78 of Bobby Labonte and Roberto Moreno qualified 16th and finished 17th.
Borcheller and Christian Fittipaldi qualified second for this event in 2004 but finished 22nd when Fittipaldi crashed four laps from the end in rain while running third. The Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Lexus of Didier Theys and Andrea Montermini qualified tenth and finished fifth that year.
In addition to competing in Rolex Series races at Barber Motorsports Park, Borcheller said that he teaches "a handful" of schools each year at the Porsche Driving Experience sessions held at this track. "Along with the Bondurant School, it's one of the best schools in the country," he said. "They do a really great job."
When the green flag drops on the Porsche 250 on July 30 it'll mark the start of a four-race, four-state, cross-country push to close the Daytona Prototype season in only 34 days. After the race at Barber Motorsports Park on July 30 the circuit travels to Watkins Glen, N.Y. for a DP-only race on Friday night, Aug. 11 as part of that track's NASCAR NEXTEL Cup weekend. Then it's off to Sonoma, Calif. for a race at Infineon Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 26 as part of an Indy Racing League program. The Rolex Series' season finale is slated for a new track, Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah, on Saturday, Sept. 2, with a nine-hour extravaganza.
There's a promoter's test day on Thursday, July 27 at Barber Motorsports Park, with practice starting the next morning. Qualifying for the DP class is Saturday, July 29 at 1:30 p.m. The 250-mile/109-lap/two-hour-and-45-minute race starts at 2 p.m. on Sunday, July 30.