seven in seven? Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga., is aiming for his seventh professional racing championship in seven years, but he knows it won't be easy. He needs a strong finish in this weekend's Grand-Am Cup race at California Speedway...
seven in seven?
Terry Borcheller of Gainesville, Ga., is aiming for his seventh professional racing championship in seven years, but he knows it won't be easy. He needs a strong finish in this weekend's Grand-Am Cup race at California Speedway in Fontana, Calif., to win the title over Craig Stanton of Long Beach, Calif. If past history is an indication, Borcheller could have an edge: he won the GSII class on the 2.8-mile infield road course in 2002 and 2003, and set the class race-lap record last year.
Borcheller and Devon Powell of Port Perry, Ont., finished second in the last series race, in Birmingham, Ala., in the No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V. The finish kept Borcheller ahead in the championship by four points, with 35 points available for the Oct. 30 race in Fontana.
"Six championships in six years - it would be nice to make it a seventh," Borcheller acknowledged. "I said Birmingham would determine the championship and to a degree, I think it did. It put us in control; at least we don't have to depend on somebody else to do bad so we can win. We need to either win or finish directly behind Craig, which gives us a little bit more control. Fontana should be a strong track for our car."
Borcheller will also compete in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at California Speedway on Oct. 31, driving the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 with Christian Fittipaldi of Key Biscayne, Fla. Again, Borcheller hopes his previous experience in Fontana will be a plus - he won the SRPII class in 2002 and finished on the podium last year, after setting Daytona Prototype qualifying and race-lap records. He has an added incentive - his primary sponsor, K&N Performance Filters, is based in nearby Riverside.
"It will be great to be back in K&N's back yard," he said. "We need a strong finish. The track has a good flow to it and I've driven two prototypes there, the DP and the SRPII [sports racer prototype]. The SRP car, the Lola, was pretty good there."
Borcheller will attend the Grand-Am Cup banquet at California Speedway on Oct. 30 and the Rolex Sports Car Series banquet in Las Vegas, Nev., on Nov. 1. He will be honored at the Rolex Series banquet for his 2003 Daytona Prototype championship. This is the first year the series have held banquets immediately following the final races of the season. "It's just one more element to bringing the series to a higher level," Borcheller noted.
Borcheller will participate in a Hoosier tire test on Oct. 28 at California Speedway. Hoosier Racing Tire Corp. will be the sole tire supplier to the Rolex Series in 2005.
"The Hoosier tire was a little faster than the Goodyear, but it was not as consistent," Borcheller said of his previous tire test. "The Hoosier deal is exciting for the series, but it's going to be sad to see Goodyear gone. I want to say special thanks to Bob Shaffer for the support he has shown to our team and to me personally for a long time. I'm sure we'll race together again in the future."
The Grand-Am Cup race is set for Saturday, Oct. 30 from 2 pm to 5 pm (5 pm to 8 pm ET), and the Rolex Sports Car Series race for Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1 pm to 3:45 pm (4 pm to 6:45 pm ET). Both races will run on the 2.8-mile California Speedway infield road course in Fontana, Calif.
The Rolex Series race will air live on Speed Channel on Sunday, Oct. 31 from 1 pm to 4 pm (4 pm to 7 pm ET). The Grand-Am Cup race will be telecast on Speed Channel on Sunday, Nov. 7 from 2 pm to 4 pm (5 pm to 7 pm ET).