Daytona 24: Terry Borcheller preview

Terry Borcheller and Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need will return to Daytona International Speedway as the defending race winners in the biggest event of the Rolex Sports Car Series season -- the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Borcheller, of Gainesville,...

Terry Borcheller and Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need will return to Daytona International Speedway as the defending race winners in the biggest event of the Rolex Sports Car Series season -- the Rolex 24 At Daytona. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., will again drive the No. 54 Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 in the 24-hour endurance classic. His co-drivers will be Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas, Christian Fittipaldi of Biscayne Bay, Fla., Ralf Kelleners of Germany and Paul Tracy of Las Vegas.

Borcheller doesn't feel pressure from last year's victory. Instead, he said, it's a bonus for his corporate partners and those of the team. "We're going into it with so many teams and drivers, being last year's race winner is great because we're getting a lot of attention for Kodak, K&N Performance Filters and all of my sponsors."

He also noted the driver lineup is a fan favorite: "I heard Speed Channel did a pole about why people watch the Rolex 24 and Paul Tracy got 75 per cent of the votes!"

After winning the 2003 Rolex Sports Car Series driver championship and the 2004 Rolex 24 At Daytona, Borcheller knows what it takes to win. But outright speed isn't the only answer.

"It comes down to having a car that's competitive; you've got to be close enough to maintain a pace that is comparable with the leaders. That holds true for the chassis, engine setup, team and drivers," he said. "I don't think you need the lead, just run a pace where you can stay within a lap of the leaders. It's a matter of staying completely out of trouble and really thinking about conserving the car until Sunday morning. Then you evaluate the pace you need to set. If you're leading and you have cars behind you, then it's time to go racing, take chances and go for it."

Borcheller is testing the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R at Sebring International Raceway from Jan 31 to Feb. 2, following a successful test with the team's new Michelin tires in late January. He will then head to Daytona Beach, Fla., for the Rolex 24 event week, starting with practice and qualifying on Feb. 3 and culminating with the race Feb. 5 and 6, all on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway infield road course.

The Rolex 24 At Daytona is scheduled to start at noon on Saturday, Feb. 5 and end at noon on Sunday, Feb. 6, on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway infield road course in Daytona Beach, Fla. The race will be televised live on Speed Channel from noon to 7 pm and from 8 pm to 11 pm on Saturday, Feb. 5, and from 8 am to 12:30 pm on Sunday, Feb. 6. Borcheller's Doran will carry an in-car camera to give viewers an inside look at all the action.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Paul Tracy , Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber