strong sixth Terry Borcheller finished sixth in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 5, but he said it felt like a podium finish. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing have...
Terry Borcheller finished sixth in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway on March 5, but he said it felt like a podium finish. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Racing have struggled to return to the performance that helped them win the 2003 series championship, so the finish was welcome news.
Christian Fittipaldi of Biscayne Bay, Fla., started the No. 54 Kodak EasyShare Pontiac-Doran JE4 fourth on the 47-car grid. He took the lead after 19 minutes of the two-hour 45-minute race and held it until just before the one-hour mark, when his tires started to lose their performance edge. He was eighth when he handed over to Borcheller at 1h26. Borcheller returned to the track 13th, but worked his way back to finish sixth.
"We had a 10th-place car and finished sixth, so I was pretty happy with that. It felt like a podium even though it wasn't," he said. "We're lacking downforce on the car, so whenever the tires start to go off, it really makes it difficult to stay with the other cars. They're struggling with the same tire problems we are, but they have more downforce, so it's actually more manageable for them.
"We were going on a one-stop strategy. We have to pull every possibility and take every chance we can to try to win because we're still trying to get the speed that we need."
Borcheller was hampered by the glare of the Florida sun as it set during his stint. He prefers to race with a clear helmet visor, but acknowledged a darker shield could have helped him to gain an extra position:
"I think we would have been able to get fifth. At the point that I caught Scott [Pruett, in fifth place], I was using his brake lights to brake because I couldn't see anything. The glare was very intense. I couldn't see any of the markers going into turn one or going into the hairpin because I was directly into the sun. I figured we would be finished before the sun was right in our eyes, but I didn't think enough about it."
Borcheller's primary personal sponsor, K&N Performance Filters, was announced as the preferred filter of the IndyCar Series on March 5. The IndyCar Series shared the Homestead, Fla., race weekend with the Rolex Series. Borcheller also receives support from the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving, Alpinestars and Bell Helmets.
Borcheller will drive the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R in the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring on March 19.