Borcheller Takes Sole Possession of Grand-Am Cup Lead With Fourth Win of Season MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada (May 22, 2004) - Reigning Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series champion Terry Borcheller moved a step closer to taking his first ...
Borcheller Takes Sole Possession of Grand-Am Cup Lead With Fourth Win of Season
MONT-TREMBLANT, Quebec, Canada (May 22, 2004) - Reigning Grand American Rolex Sports Car Series champion Terry Borcheller moved a step closer to taking his first Grand-Am Cup title with his fourth win in as many races in the Mont-Tremblant 250 (SPEED Channel, May 30, Noon ET).
Borcheller took over in the cockpit of the No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V from co-driver Devon Powell on Lap 55 - which was first at the time of the stop - and took the lead for the final time from the No. 91 Doncaster Racing Porsche 996 of Canadians Greg Wilkens and Bobby Julien when the No. 91 made its last pit stop of the day. Borcheller finished 9.456 seconds ahead of Julien, with the Rehagen Racing No. 58 Ford Mustang Cobra SVT of David Shep and Kenny Wilden in third.
"The team did a great job and Devon did an awesome opening stint, or stint-and-a-half, or two, or whatever he did - he did a bunch," Borcheller said. "The race just came to us. The Cadillac has a lot of characteristics of the cars I've driven in the past. I've got a ton of seat time with street stock tires and street-type cars. I attribute (the) Bondurant (School of High Performance Driving) for my street stock experience and my ability to get in just about anything and go fast."
The victory moved Borcheller into a huge lead in the Grand-Am Cup Series Grand Sport (GS) championship standings after Round 4 of 10. With 140 points, Borcheller stands alone atop the points table.
While many of the championship leaders stumbled at Mont-Tremblant, Powell was another driver to gain several positions in the point standings with today's victory.
"It's fantastic," Powell said. "The team did such a great job. They worked so hard on these cars. I love it for them, for Sunoco, Chemcraft and Rockland Standard Gear. Our Cadillac CTS-V was super all day. Terry did such a fantastic job, and I'm glad we can continue his winning streak. I'm happy to be back in victory lane."
In the Sport Touring (ST) division, Ian James and Chuck Goldsborough picked up their first win of the season in the No. 2 Team Lexus IS300, while the No. 95 Turner Motorsport BMW 330i in the hands of Will Turner and Don Salama took its third straight second-place finish. The No. 27 Bill Fenton Motorsports Acura RSX-S was third.
"It's the first win for Lexus this year," James said. "It's a great achievement. We've one at least one a year since we started this program. It's nice to have a win early in the year. Chuck, my teammate, did great in the early stint. It was nice to fight it out in the end for the first win."
"It's great to win at one of my favorite tracks in North America," Goldsborough added. "I didn't think we had anything for the Mazdas. We did not have anything for the Mazdas so we decided to run our own race with our own strategies. My game plan was to stay at front. I managed to get from sixth to second right away. I stayed in second for the first hour, and I did not want to race the winner. I wasn't going to race the winner. If anyone wanted to come up, I wasn't going to race them. I was conserving the tires and the fuel mileage. Our only chance was to go an hour and a half, and make one stop at the half-way point. If we didn't do that, I knew we couldn't do it. By doing that and running our own race, we went an hour and 37 minutes. That's how we beat the BMW and the Mazda by simply running our own race and not battling any one else. I'll take it."
The runner-up performance enabled Turner and Salama to extend their lead in the ST standings after four of 12 races.
"Three races in a row in second," Turner said. "I guess always a bridesmaid. We still have stuff to learn about the series. It's a great race, a great track. The BMWs don't get as good of fuel mileage as the Acuras. We're still happy to still be leading the championship."
The Mont-Tremblant 250 will be telecast on SPEED Channel on Sunday, May 30 at Noon ET.