fitness test Terry Borcheller's fitness regime paid off as he survived a physically exhausting drive to finish 11th in the Daytona Prototype class in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Borcheller, of Gainesville,...
Terry Borcheller's fitness regime paid off as he survived a physically exhausting drive to finish 11th in the Daytona Prototype class in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Phoenix International Raceway. Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., and Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex., were the first to be taxed in a race slowed by seven caution periods.
Barber qualified the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 with a lap time of 59.846 seconds on the 1.51-mile infield road course. He started 14th on the 40-car grid and was immediately tagged and spun in heavy traffic on the first turn of the first lap. He dropped to the back of the field, but recovered to 17th in class.
Borcheller took the wheel 18 minutes into the two-hour 45-minute race and charged through the field to seventh in class at 1h44. His efforts were hampered by a failed driver cooling system and contact with a GT car at 2h15, dropping him back to finish 11th in class.
"It was one of the toughest short races I've ever experienced," Borcheller said. "I know Phoenix can be hot at night, but it surprised me a bit. When Forest got hit on the first lap and spun out, we got behind and I had to drive like a madman. It didn't help that on that track, there is no time to rest."
three for three
Borcheller and Craig Stanton of Long Beach, Calif., won the Grand-Am Cup race at Phoenix on April 9, their third victory in as many starts this season. Stanton qualified the No. 44 TheRaceSite.com Racing Porsche 996 second on the 28-car grid in 1:08.534. He drove the first stint of the 2.5-hour race, staying within one second of the race leader. Borcheller took over at 1h19, moved to the race lead at 1h28 and finished 54.17 seconds ahead of the second-place car.
new telecast time: The Phoenix Grand-Am Cup race will be telecast on Speed Channel on Sunday, April 18 at noon ET.
Borcheller is booked for extensive testing in both the Rolex Series Doran JE4 and the Saleen S7R that he drives in the American Le Mans Series.
He will compete in the Grand-Am Cup and Rolex Sports Car Series races at le Circuit Mont-Tremblant, Que. on May 22 and 23.