Borcheller, Auberlen, Wagner win Rolex Series titles DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2002) -- Terry Borcheller clinched one championship and Bill Auberlen teamed with co-driver Cort Wagner to win another in the Rolex Sports Car Series Finale at ...
Borcheller, Auberlen, Wagner win Rolex Series titles
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Nov. 12, 2002) -- Terry Borcheller clinched one championship and Bill Auberlen teamed with co-driver Cort Wagner to win another in the Rolex Sports Car Series Finale at Daytona International Speedway.
Borcheller won the SRPII driving championship while piloting a Nissan-powered Lola for Rand Racing. His team won the class team championship. Auberlen and Wagner shared the GT driving title while co-driving a Ferrari 360GT for the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington team. The Scuderia team also won the class team crown.
Dunlop is the exclusive tire provider for the SRPII and GT classes.
Borcheller swept to the class title while finishing first in the SRPII class in eight of the 11 races this season. He said the consistency of the Dunlop tires his team has used this season made chassis set up work easier.
"For the season, they've been fantastic," Borcheller said. "No problems at all for us."
Auberlen and Wagner won five consecutive class victories before finishing sixth in the Daytona race. Wagner clinched his share of the driving title when he started the race. Auberlen did not win his share until he got in the car and completed his first lap.
Borcheller and co-driver Anthony Lazzaro finished first in class in the final race of the season, the Grand Am Finale. G&W Motorsports teammates Brent Martini and Darren Law, driving a PorscheGT3 R, won the GT class at Daytona.
"I think the (Dunlop) tires were consistent all weekend, regardless of the weather or the heat or the sun," said Martini. "They were magnificent for 10 laps and then they stayed steady the rest of the way."
Martini and Law spent much of the race running second in class, finally taking the class lead in the final hour. They finished 89 laps, just 20 seconds ahead of the next GT car.
Borcheller started the race beset by problems. Chief among his troubles was a broken air jack which caused a severe vibration. He pitted 40 minutes into the race, surrendering the car to Lazzaro. By the 70th lap of the three-hour race, the Borcheller/Lazzaro duo had resumed the class lead and stayed in front the rest of the way. They completed 92 laps around Daytona's 3.56-mile road circuit and finished fifth overall.
Lazzaro said the challenges presented by Daytona's steep banking and twisty infield sections made Dunlop's dependability important to the competitors.
"Certainly, for the tire manufacturers, it's always been tough at Daytona," said Lazzaro. "Of course, that's why the chicane is (along the back straight) anyway. Dunlop has had a very durable product...I've been very pleased with the consistency of the tire."