Homestead: Terry Borcheller preview

champion at home Terry Borcheller has a lot to offer his hometown crowd this week. Although he collects his mail in Gainesville, Ga., he still considers Hialeah, Fla. (near Miami) home. He returns this week carrying the 2003 Rolex Sports Car ...

champion at home

Terry Borcheller has a lot to offer his hometown crowd this week. Although he collects his mail in Gainesville, Ga., he still considers Hialeah, Fla. (near Miami) home. He returns this week carrying the 2003 Rolex Sports Car Series DP driver title - his sixth professional race championship in as many years - and a dozen wins in the last 10 months.

Borcheller will drive the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Doran-Pontiac in the Rolex Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 28. He will again team with Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex., and Andy Pilgrim of Delray Beach, Fla. They are looking for their second victory of the early season, after winning the Rolex 24 at Daytona on Feb. 1.

"It should be fun having our first sprint race with this many cars [18] in the same class," Borcheller said. "I'm looking forward to that!"

Borcheller has five previous victories at Homestead including three wins in the Rolex Series, in the GTO class in 2000, GT in 2001 and SRPII in 2002.

banked speed

Borcheller believes a stable race car will be critical as the drivers adapt to faster conditions in the reconfigured banked section of the 2.3-mile Homestead circuit, which combines an infield road course and a banked oval track.

"Going into turn one should be faster because the banking is going to be flat-out now," he predicted. "It's going to be really important to have the car balanced under braking because you have a transition coming off the banking into the infield, and now it's going to be faster. Our car is very stable under braking. Jim [team owner Bell] does a great job balancing the car in every direction, so our car will be very good."

testing en route

Borcheller will stop at Sebring (Fla.) International Raceway en route to Homestead. He will spend two days testing the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R in preparation for the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring endurance race in March.

details

The Rolex Sports Car Series race is set for Saturday, Feb. 28 from 3 pm to 5:45 pm, on the 2.3-mile Homestead-Miami Speedway infield road course in Homestead, Fla. The race will air on Speed Channel on Sunday, March 7 at 4 pm. all times ET

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Andy Pilgrim , Terry Borcheller , Forest Barber