California: Rand Racing race report

Rand Racing collected its fourth victory in as many races, with first place in the SRPII class in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at California Speedway. The team also scored its fourth consecutive class pole position and third-consecutive third...

Rand Racing collected its fourth victory in as many races, with first place in the SRPII class in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at California Speedway. The team also scored its fourth consecutive class pole position and third-consecutive third place overall in the series.

Terry Borcheller of Phoenix qualified the No. 8 Rand Racing Nissan Lola third on the overall grid, but started second when the polesitter Judd Dallara was moved to the back of the grid after an engine change. The Dallara passed for second place during the first hour, returning the Rand car to third.

Borcheller drove the first hour of the four-hour race. Ralf Kelleners of Germany took the wheel for the second stint, Borcheller returned for the third and Bill Rand of Plano, Tex., drove the final stage. The team held first in class and third overall throughout the race.

"Without our crew and the co-drivers I have, none of this would be possible. I owe everything to them," said owner/driver Rand. He noted the absence of Borcheller's usual co-driver, Anthony Lazzaro of Acworth, Ga., who was injured in a crash last week. "It's too bad that Anthony isn't here - we all miss him and send him our best wishes and can't wait for him to be back in the seat again."

Borcheller said he was disappointed in the small SPRII field, but it didn't affect his performance. "There was no pressure, but Ralf and Bill and I still drove as hard as we could," he said. "It's gratifying to know that if there were 30 cars here, we still would have won. I told Bill he's spoiled to have it this good. Even when you're favored at every event, there's still a lot that can happen. We just have a great team."

Kelleners agreed. "Because we didn't have strong competition, we were driving against ourselves," he explained. "We wanted to show what we can do with this kind of car, to perform well and do the best lap times possible. We had a perfect car, not too easy to drive because it was made to go quick, but everything went smooth and was just perfect."

The team's next race will be at Phoenix International Raceway on April 20.

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