FTN/Doran Racing's Brix and Borcheller Finish Ninth In Road & Track 250 Sunday at Laguna Seca MONTEREY, Calif., May 7 - The Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 ran as high as second in the Road & Track 250 Rolex Series race Sunday...
FTN/Doran Racing's Brix and Borcheller Finish Ninth In Road & Track 250 Sunday at Laguna Seca
MONTEREY, Calif., May 7 - The Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 ran as high as second in the Road & Track 250 Rolex Series race Sunday at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca and finished a strong ninth for the companies it represents: the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS.
Smart race strategy by team owner Kevin Doran, sensible driving by Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif. and Terry Borcheller of Vero Beach, Fla., fast pit work by the Lebanon, Ohio-based pit crew and strong power from Ford were among the factors that kept the car in the hunt throughout the two-hour-and-45-minute race.
Borcheller was dealing with a push late in the race so he didn't force the issue with cars that were faster than his at that stage. He advanced as high as second on lap 64, 65 and 66, and he was in fourth place on lap 67 of what turned out to be an 88-lap race. He ran in fourth through lap 81. With about five laps to go he dropped to seventh after an altercation with Adrian Fernandez that damaged his left-rear Hoosier, and he nursed the car and the tire home the rest of the way.
Borcheller advanced to sixth on lap 86 when the fifth-place car of Butch Leitzinger and Kelly Collins' GT car spun and continued in Turn Two. He dropped back to seventh on the white-flag lap when Leitzinger, who had regrouped, got back around him. On the very last lap several drivers in the pack Borcheller was running in made a last-ditch attempt to improve their position that backfired. Fernandez, Marc Goossens and Scott Pruett were prominent players in that one. Borcheller could have ended up in the gravel trap but happily he was able to take the checkered in ninth spot despite the scuffle and his injured tire.
Brix started the race in 14th position and got off to a good start, but he faced several challenges too. He had two close calls with other drivers on the track that he survived. He also had to serve a drive-through penalty for allegedly passing two GT cars under yellow, although his position on that was the yellow hadn't been displayed yet where he was on the track at the time. Still, he had a good stint and ran in 12th through ninth most of the time he was in the car. He was as high as eighth and he was in 16th when he turned the car over to Borcheller under yellow on lap 36.
There was a mechanical malfunction with the connection for the driver's cool suit at that point so Borcheller didn't have the benefit of that device during his stint, but like everyone else on the team he toughed it out and was pleased with the top-10 finish.
The race was broadcast live on SPEED. It will be rebroadcast on the same network at noon Eastern tomorrow.
The team will race again this coming weekend at Phoenix International Raceway.
Doran Racing's Web site is at doranracing.com. Other interesting information can be found at grandamerican.com, fordracing.com, tborcheller.com, harrisonbrix.com, and feedstheneedracing.com.
Driver quotes follow:
Harrison Brix: "I'm pleased that we had a car that could keep me in the hunt. I had several close calls. One came when the No. 23 car shoved me off the track in Turn Six. I saw him coming or it could have ended our day right there. Then one of the Krohn cars spun right in front of me, also in Turn Six.
"We had incredible fuel mileage today; that was our strongest ingredient today. I'm pleased that we walked out of here with points. Terry had an impending flat tire, so I'm happy that we finished and that we were in the top 10. If we can continue this at Phoenix I'll be really happy."
Terry Borcheller: "We were in fourth, and then we were in ninth. I don't know what to say other than that.
"I had a problem with Adrian Fernandez with about five laps to go that caused damage to one of our tires. We see the situation differently. From my point of view, he wanted to go two abreast through the Corkscrew, but there was dirt on both sides so there was no possible way that was going to work. He had nerfed me in the qualifying race yesterday, and I wasn't going to let that happen again. I look a defensive line and he hit our left rear.
"From the point we got hit the car was almost impossible to drive, and from that point on I was just trying to stay up as high as I could on the track, which was very difficult.
"On the last turn of the last lap Scott Pruett and I had contact which we also both see differently. I was on the inside and there was no physical way he was going to get around me when I was on the inside there. He tried to move me, and I believe he got me in the right rear. There was a GT car in the mix too, so it's hard to know exactly what happened for sure. The officials said they saw both of the incidents and they felt neither was my fault."