student tips Terry Borcheller will have two opportunities to race at the new Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Borcheller, of Phoenix, will join Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex., in the No. 54 Bell Motorsports BMW M3 for a Grand-Am...
Terry Borcheller will have two opportunities to race at the new Barber Motorsports Park in Birmingham, Ala. Borcheller, of Phoenix, will join Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex., in the No. 54 Bell Motorsports BMW M3 for a Grand-Am Cup GS race on May 17. They will return to the 2.3-mile road course on May 18, driving the No. 54 Doran JE4 prototype car in the featured Rolex Sports Car Series race.
Borcheller hopes to walk the track Wednesday evening to get a headstart on learning the fast line. He may get some tips from the track facilities manager, Jack Abbott, in an interesting role reversal: Abbott was a student of Borcheller's at the Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Arizona.
Borcheller expects a steady pace for both races, on track and in the pits. With water and oil temperatures stabilized in the Rolex Series car and a fuel-pickup problem solved in the Grand-Am Cup car, the focus will be on performance. That will be good news for his sponsors, K&N Performance Filters, Infinity2 Nutrition, Dark Dog, Alpinestars, Bell Helmets, Bob Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Gatorz Eyewear and Goodyear.
"We're able to change the strategy for practice a little bit because the cars won't have to be developed on the race weekend," Borcheller said. "I'll be able to do more coaching with Forest and overlays with our data acquisition. We're going to be very systematic with our driver changes, which will probably be our biggest asset."
Borcheller will compete in his first Baja 500 on May 31. He'll be riding a Honda XR650 off-road motorcycle with former supercross rider James Simons and Buddy Stubbs, who owns the Harley-Davidson dealership in Phoenix. Borcheller's sponsors will join the California ride - all team members will wear K&N Performance Filters jerseys and Borcheller will sport Alpinestars boots, Gatorz Eyewear and a Bell MX helmet, painted with his traditional design.
Borcheller started riding at age five, on a mini-bike. He hasn't ridden competitively since 1989, when he won a regional motocross championship in his rookie year.
"I'm a little bit nervous with [the 24 Hours of] Le Mans coming up two weeks after that, and we're in the middle of the championship in three different series," he said. "But I'm going to have a good time and represent my sponsors. We're running the sportsman class, which is an amateur class, so I have to keep in mind that I'm going to have fun. It's hard for me to just enjoy it because I'm so competitive - especially on a bike - but I'm looking forward to the whole experience."
The Grand-Am Cup GS race is set for 4 pm to 6:30 pm on Saturday, May 17, and the Rolex Sports Car Series race for 1:30 pm to 4:15 pm on Sunday, May 18. Both races will be on the 2.3-mile Barber Motorsports Park road course. SPEED Channel will televise the Rolex Series race on Saturday, May 24 from 1 pm to 4 pm. The Grand-Am Cup GS race will air Saturday, May 31 at 1 pm on SPEED Channel (all times EDT).