FTN/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford Is Involved in Accident Friday Night at Watkins Glen WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 11 - Terry Borcheller had nowhere to go when a competitor he was attempting to pass got loose on lap 31 of the Crown Royal 200 Daytona...
FTN/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford Is Involved in Accident Friday Night at Watkins Glen
WATKINS GLEN, N.Y., Aug. 11 - Terry Borcheller had nowhere to go when a competitor he was attempting to pass got loose on lap 31 of the Crown Royal 200 Daytona Prototype Rolex Series race Friday night at Watkins Glen International. The pair made contact and although both drivers escaped injury, both of their cars were done for the day.
Borcheller, of Vero Beach, Fla., and his co-driver, Harrison Brix of San Jose, Calif., ended up 23rd in the final rundown with their Feeds the Need/Doran Racing DORAN JE4 Ford No. 77 that carries the colors of the Kodak EasyShare System, Amp'd Mobile and SIRIUS.
Brix started tenth and the car was eighth by lap nine of the two-hour race on the Glen's 2.45-mile, 11-turn short course. He was still eighth when he pitted on lap 15 under a yellow for the Dyson No. 16, and Borcheller got in at that point. With the mandatory driver change and pit stop already accomplished and the excellent fuel mileage of the team's Ford powerplant aided further by a race that was experiencing several full-course cautions, hopes were high for a great finish.
After the crew's excellent pit stop Borcheller was in 18th place and still on the lead lap for the restart on lap 19. He passed Tracy Krohn on the restart for 17th and got 16th when Tommy Erdos pitted on lap 21. He passed both Guy Cosmo and Joao Barbosa on lap 22 to move into 14th, with Patrick Huisman up ahead in 13th in the Synergy Racing DORAN JE4 Porsche.
Borcheller ran his fastest lap of the race, a 1:09.819 for an average speed of 126.327 miles per hour, on lap 27, and he was doing his best to pass Huisman. On lap 31 Huisman got loose in Turn Eight, space ran out, they made contact, and both drivers were forced to retire 49 minutes into the event due to the damage their cars incurred.
"His car just pitched sideways," Borcheller said afterwards. "I was really close to him because I had been trying to pass him. I had been struggling to get by him because he was blocking a lot and his Porsche was faster than my car on the straights. The air from his car was giving me an aero push behind him. I was trying different things and I was doing everything I could to get by him, but when he pitched sideways there was no way I could miss him because I was just too close.
"I never anticipated his car reacting the way it did; he went completely sideways," he continued. "I checked up to avoid hitting him, but there was no possible way that I wasn't going to hit him because I was too close.
"I'm totally fine physically but I feel really bad for the team," he added. "I think we had a top-five car and maybe even a podium, and that was pretty exciting for the whole team. I've thought a lot about it since it happened but I really don't know what I could have done differently. When you're behind the wheel it's your fault no matter what, but that's hard to swallow in this case. It's just very frustrating for all of us."
Scott Pruett and Luis Diaz went on to win the 82-lap race, which was broadcast later Friday night on SPEED.
The next race will be at Infineon Raceway in Sonoma, Calif. on Saturday, Aug. 26 before an IndyCar race the following day. The season finale is a nine-hour race at Miller Motorsports Park in Tooele, Utah on Saturday, Sept. 2.