SCC: VIR: Terry Borcheller preview

Virginia fun Terry Borcheller proves the theory that people excel at work they enjoy. The Gainesville, Ga., driver returns for two races at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Va., this week with three wins and a track record already in...

Virginia fun

Terry Borcheller proves the theory that people excel at work they enjoy. The Gainesville, Ga., driver returns for two races at Virginia International Raceway in Danville, Va., this week with three wins and a track record already in hand. He won the Grand-Am Cup ST class at VIR in 2001, the Rolex Sports Car Series SRPII class in 2002 and the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class in 2003. He also set the Grand-Am Cup GS race-lap record last year.

"I love the track, I really do. It's technical and it has a lot to offer from a driver standpoint. You can really get into a good flow, a good rhythm," he said. "It's a good driver's track. There are some sections that can be very difficult, especially in the back going through the esses, down the hill and the double-rights [turns] coming onto the front straightaway. There are enough really good places to pass to make it fun. It's a track I really enjoy driving on, and I think that's a big part of winning there."

title chase

Borcheller leads the Grand-Am Cup driver championship by 10 points, with three races and 105 potential points remaining in the season. But he and his co-driver, Devon Powell of Port Perry, Ont., won't change their strategy in the No. 11 Powell Motorsport Cadillac CTS-V for the Oct. 2 Virginia race.

"I don't really have any pressure going into VIR because there are still three races left," Borcheller explained. "I usually don't get nervous about it until the last race. I'm thinking about it, for sure, but the Powell team and I aren't going to change our strategy. We're going to do the same thing that we've been doing, and I'm going to drive the same way that I've been driving. At about this stage, I usually am a little more cautious, but we're still going to go for the race win."

double run

Borcheller will also compete in a Rolex Series race on Oct. 3, driving the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 with Christian Fittipaldi of Biscayne Bay, Fla. Fittipaldi recently completed a successful test on the 3.27-mile Virginia road course, so Borcheller is hoping for a strong finish to counter the bad luck the team has had this year.

"Christian and I are going to go for it. We desperately need a good finish," he said.

details (ET)

The Grand-Am Cup race is scheduled for Saturday, Oct. 2 from 1:50 pm to 4:50 pm, and the Rolex Sports Car Series race for Sunday, Oct. 3 from 12 noon to 2:45 pm. Both races will run on the 3.27-mile Virginia International Raceway road course in Danville, Va.

The Rolex Series race will be telecast live on Speed Channel on Sunday, Oct. 3 from noon to 3 pm. The Grand-Am Cup race will air on Speed Channel on Sunday, Oct. 17 from noon to 2 pm.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Devon Powell , Terry Borcheller , Port Perry