Darren Law and Terry Borcheller have a lot in common. They both race the new Daytona Prototypes in the Rolex Sports Car Series, they both work part-time at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, both are both former road ...
Darren Law and Terry Borcheller have a lot in common. They both race the new Daytona Prototypes in the Rolex Sports Car Series, they both work part-time at the Bondurant School of High Performance Driving in Chandler, both are both former road racing champions and they both live with their families in Phoenix, Arizona.
Both are also planning to walk away from the May 2-3 AJ's Fine Foods 250 race at Phoenix International Raceway with the winner's trophy.
Borcheller and Law will be competing against each other in the new Daytona Prototype class, which makes its first appearance on PIR's challenging 1.51-mile road course next weekend. Borcheller, who won the Rolex Series GTO title in 2000 and the SRP II championship in '02, will be driving a Chevrolet-powered Doran JE4 while Law, the 2000 GT champion, will be racing a BMW-engined Picchio DP2.
"We're actually pretty confident about our chances," said Borcheller, who finished 39th at the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona and 14th at the second race of the season at Homestead-Miami. "The car has not been finished until just recently. We got it in time for Daytona and Homestead, but we had cooling problems. It's like any new car; we just didn't have time to work out all the bugs. But the Major League Conditioning Doran Chevy will be ready for Phoenix. We sat on the outside pole for the last race in an undeveloped car and now I think we're ready for a win."
Like Borcheller, Darren Law has also been running a brand-new, yet to be fully developed race car - the BMW-powered Picchio. Unlike his friend and fellow competitor, Law has had better luck, finishing 24th at Daytona and second in class at Miami-Homestead.
"The Picchio is new to America," said Law. "Picchio has been building sports cars for European races for years and years, but last year was the first time they raced in the United States. It was very much a development year, a year to build a relationship between the race team and Picchio. The European tracks are so different from ours, and the racing is, too. But they've gone to the next level. I think our chances look very, very good this season."
Law's No. 8 G&W Motorsports car is currently second in the team championship point stands, trailing Homestead-Miami winners Hurley Haywood and J.C. France's No. 59 Brumos Porsche-powered FABCAR Daytona Prototype by only five points. Borcheller's No. 54 Bell Motorsports Chevy Doran is in fourth place.
"We need a good finish, that's for sure," said Borcheller. "We've earned points at every race this season so we are at least hoping for a podium (first, second or third) at Phoenix International Raceway, and I think we can get it."
Law is even more confident. "We've tested here a couple of times in March, and we've been fast. I've won here in Phoenix, I consider PIR my home track, so yes; we definitely have a shot at the win."