California: Rand Racing qualifying report

class pole Terry Borcheller celebrated his 36th birthday at California Speedway by earning the SRPII class pole position for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series race. Borcheller drove the No. 8 Rand Racing Nissan Lola to first in class and third...

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Terry Borcheller celebrated his 36th birthday at California Speedway by earning the SRPII class pole position for Saturday's Rolex Sports Car Series race. Borcheller drove the No. 8 Rand Racing Nissan Lola to first in class and third overall on the 22-car grid with a lap time of one minute 32.827 seconds on the 2.81-mile road course.

"I pushed," he said. "I wanted to get the best lap of the weekend. I could have bettered it by a few tenths [of a second], but it was a good lap, I was happy with it. Everything all weekend has gone in a very positive direction and we've had no mishaps."

Borcheller will start the four-hour race for Rand Racing. His co-drivers this week are Ralf Kelleners and Bill Rand.

international cast

Rand Racing team members hail from 12 countries - Bosnia, Canada, Columbia, England, Germany, Guatemala, Ireland, Italy, Scotland, South Africa, Sweden and the United States. The No. 8 Rand Racing Nissan Lola carries the flags of the home countries of its crew.

"The flags are on the car because I wanted to give each team member a bit more credit," said team owner Bill Rand. "Without them our wins wouldn't be possible. We come fully prepared to win and we're on track every session. That's what we need to be competitive."

Rand also noted the strength of the international group. "One thing that is really neat is the cohesiveness of this team," he said. "Everybody comes from all over the world, and they come together and work as one. You wouldn't know they're from 12 different countries."

new sponsor

The Rand Racing Lola now carries the logo of its new sponsor, BG Products, Inc. The company manufactures and distributes specialty lubricants, greases, chemicals and service equipment in North America, Europe, the Middle East, Asia and the Far East. BG Products also sponsors Rand and Indy Racing League driver Anthony Lazzaro, five Toyota Atlantic Championship drivers, three NASCAR Busch Series cars and motorcycle and NHRA teams.

Sherry Huxtable, manager of motorsports for BG Products, notes the diverse sponsorship program benefits the company's customers. "We have developed a lubricant specifically for racing," she said, "But any time we can be on the track, regardless of which engine it is, helps us to develop products for passenger vehicles as well."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Anthony Lazzaro , Terry Borcheller , Bill Rand