red-eye Terry Borcheller is catching an overnight flight to Quebec for this week's Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup races at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Despite a five-week break in North American sports-car racing, the Gainesville, Ga.,...
Terry Borcheller is catching an overnight flight to Quebec for this week's Rolex Sports Car Series and Grand-Am Cup races at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant. Despite a five-week break in North American sports-car racing, the Gainesville, Ga., driver has been flat-out, testing for two teams and participating in promotional activities.
Borcheller will team with Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas, and Andy Pilgrim of Delray Beach, Fla., for the May 23 Rolex Series race, alternating stints in the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Pontiac-powered Doran JE-4. Last year, Borcheller set the series race-lap record at Mont-Tremblant, lapping the 2.65-mile road course in one minute 31.176 seconds.
"I love the track!" he enthused. "We were really fast there last year, so I'm really excited it's on the schedule again. It's a great race track."
Borcheller will arrive at Mont-Tremblant just in time for his first fast laps in a Cadillac, during Thursday testing for the May 22 Grand-Am Cup race. He and Craig Stanton of Long Beach, Calif., lead the series standings with three victories together in the first three races of the season. This will be Borcheller's first race in the No. 11 Powell Motorsports Cadillac CTS-V, co-driving with Devon Powell of Port Perry, Ont.
"Craig and I are leading the championship, but now we're split into two different teams and two different cars," Borcheller noted. "I believe the Cadillac will be fast enough and I believe that Powell Motorsports will make the car reliable."
Borcheller participated in a track test with Bell Motorsports at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course on May 11. He surpassed the record qualifying time he set in 2003.
"We tried some major changes and some very positive things came out of it," he reported. "We ultimately ended up going quite a bit faster than what we qualified at last year, so that was great."
He has also driven the No. 63 Saleen S7R in testing with ACEMCO Motorsports at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont., and at Portland International Raceway. Although the Corvette team presents a formidable challenge in the American Le Mans Series, Borcheller noted ACEMCO's goal is to win the championship for non-factory teams:
"With the lap times that we've seen from the Corvettes at Le Mans, we know it's going to be a work in progress. But even though the Corvettes are going so good, it's exciting for me to be involved with a team that's in contention for the privateer championship. In the process of trying to achieve that goal, it will be fun to see what we can do to the Corvettes."
Borcheller signed autographs for six hours on April 24 and enjoyed every minute. He was representing his personal sponsor, K&N Performance Filters, at a MagnaFlow Performance Exhaust promotion, seated with race legends Mario Andretti and Ivan Stewart.
"It was a big deal for me because Mario Andretti is someone whose ability I've respected for a long time. He has won and been fast in just about everything he has driven, and there aren't many guys who can do that," Borcheller said. "I also talked to Ivan Stewart quite a bit during the day and he's just a super-nice guy."
The Grand-Am Cup race is scheduled for 2 pm to 5 pm on Saturday, May 22. The Rolex Sports Car Series race will run from 11 am to 5 pm on Sunday, May 23.
The Rolex Series race will air live on Speed Channel on Sunday, May 23 from 11 am to1 pm and 2 pm to 5:30 pm. The Grand-Am Cup race will be telecast on Sunday, May 30 from noon to 1 pm. all times ET