FTN/Doran Racing Starts Important May-June Swing With Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca This Weekend LEBANON, Ohio, May 1 - Two races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. this weekend begin the two most important months of the 2006...
FTN/Doran Racing Starts Important May-June Swing With Races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca This Weekend
LEBANON, Ohio, May 1 - Two races at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif. this weekend begin the two most important months of the 2006 Rolex Series for the Daytona Prototype class and the Feeds the Need/Doran Racing team, as eight of 19 Daytona Prototypes races for 2006 are scheduled to be held in May and June.
The team's drivers, Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla. and Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif., would like nothing better than to earn a lot of points in the next two months for the Lebanon, Ohio-based team, which is currently tied for 11th place in the overall Daytona Prototype team standings.
Their No. 77 DORAN JE4 Ford, which carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS, will appear in Laguna Seca's U.S. Sports Car Invitational this weekend before heading for another doubleheader at Phoenix International Raceway May 12-13. The annual six-hour race at Watkins Glen, N.Y. June 2-3, a doubleheader at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio June 23-24 and a Thursday night show at Daytona Beach, Fla. on June 29 make the schedule very hectic - and important, since so many points are up for grabs.
The team will compete in both a 30-minute Daytona Prototype race on Saturday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and a 250-mile/112 laps/two-hour-and-45-minute race called the Road & Track 250 on the same 2.238-mile road course on Sunday. The finish of Saturday's race will set the top half of the field for Sunday's race, when both the DP and GT cars race together. Both events offer a full points payout, so the Feeds the Need Racing/Doran Racing squad hopes to do especially well.
The team will have a lot of support at Laguna Seca.
"My whole family is coming," said Borcheller. "They love the track, the race and the whole event. We'll stay after the race and go to the aquarium, have dinner at Cannery Row, and just combine the race with some family time.
"The track itself is awesome," he added. "I've always driven well there and enjoyed racing there. I like the Corkscrew, and I like Turn 4, Turn 6, Turn 9 and Turn 10...I like the fast corners."
Borcheller noted that he finished third at Laguna Seca last year driving the Feeds the Need/Bell Motorsports DORAN JE4. "I'm hoping that we can repeat or better that this year," he said.
Borcheller will never forget his first race at Laguna Seca, either.
"I was in a Mustang GTO, and I was passing a Prototype in the rain, and I wrote the car off going into the Corkscrew. I think it was '98 or '99," he said.
When Borcheller was asked if he ever thinks of that accident when he's going through the Corkscrew now, he said it never enters his mind.
"It's like a quarterback that throws an interception; you have to have short-term memory," he explained.
"Hopefully you learn from your mistakes," he added.
"I've raced professionally since 1997, and one of the reasons I've stayed employed is that I haven't had many big crashes where it was my fault," he pointed out. "That means a lot to me and it means a lot to team owners if you can be fast and not have a lot of crashes.
"I've raced in probably 250 professional races in my career so far, and to my knowledge you can count the number of big crashes that I've had that were my fault on one hand," he noted, but then added with a smile, "Of course I already admitted that I only have short-term memory."
Like Borcheller, Brix will have a lot of people cheering him on at Laguna. He lives in San Jose, Calif., which is only about 50 miles away. He's also been working behind the scenes with associate sponsors Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS, and both will have guests attending the race.
"We're going to have about 200 guests at the race, and we really want them to have a good time," Brix noted.
The longer Laguna Seca race will be broadcast live at 3 p.m. Eastern time on Sunday on the SPEED Channel. It will also be rebroadcast the next day at noon Eastern on the same network.
After a promoter test day on Thursday, the first official practice session that Daytona Prototypes can participate in is slated for 10:30 a.m. local time on Friday. Saturday's DP race is slated for 1 p.m. local time, while Sunday's Road & Track 250 is scheduled to start at noon, again local time.
Live timing and scoring of the Rolex Series race is slated for the Internet at grandamerican.com. Doran Racing's Web site is at doranracing.com. Other interesting information can be found at fordracing.com, tborcheller.com, harrisonbrix.com, feedstheneedracing.com and restartcommunications.com.