Terry Borcheller started the 2003 race season with a podium and potential. The Phoenix driver competed in the Grand-Am Cup season-opener and in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, first race in the 2003 Rolex Sports Car Series, both on the 3.65-mile...
Terry Borcheller started the 2003 race season with a podium and potential.
The Phoenix driver competed in the Grand-Am Cup season-opener and in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, first race in the 2003 Rolex Sports Car Series, both on the 3.65-mile Daytona International Speedway road course in Daytona Beach, Fla.
Borcheller and Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex., finished third in the GSII class in the Grand-Am Cup race on Jan. 31. They came within feet of second place, driving the No. 54 Bell Motorsports BMW M3.
"The Cup race was very exciting, as they always are," Borcheller said. "The second-place car was 18 seconds ahead of me with two laps to go and he was running out of fuel. We missed second by a bumper! It was great for the first race of the season because we got the car so late we missed the first practice session. To come out with a third-place finish was really a big boost for the team."
The race will air on SPEED Channel on Saturday, Feb. 8 from noon to 1 pm ET.
Christian Fittipaldi of Brazil and Didier Theys of Belgium joined Borcheller and Barber for the Rolex 24 at Daytona Feb. 2 and 3, driving the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Doran JE 4 Daytona Prototype. The car was completed just three days before the event, leaving no time for advance testing, so the team goal was simply to ensure the drivers each completed the required lap for series points.
That accomplished, Borcheller stayed behind the wheel and recorded the second-fastest race lap during the early hours of the race. Mechanical problems ultimately forced an early retirement after four hours of the 24-hour race, and the car finished sixth in the Daytona Prototype class.
"The fast race lap was promising for the new car," Borcheller said. "The goal was to come away from the race with Forest and me getting points toward the championship, which we did. We also learned a tremendous amount about the car. The team is thrashing now to take all the information we gathered from the race and apply it to the car so it can be competitive for the next race."
Most drivers caught up on needed rest during the night and early morning hours of the Rolex 24, but Borcheller was back at work before sunrise. He provided guest commentary in the SPEED Channel announcer booth for two hours during the live telecast of the race.
Borcheller will compete in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway in Homestead, Fla., on March 1.