Watkins Glen II: Rand Racing qualifying summary

Watkins Glen International qualifying, Aug. 8, 2002 record pole Rand Racing set a record pace in qualifying for the Rolex Sports Car Series race scheduled for Friday evening at Watkins Glen International. Terry Borcheller took the SRPII...

Watkins Glen International
qualifying, Aug. 8, 2002

record pole

Rand Racing set a record pace in qualifying for the Rolex Sports Car Series race scheduled for Friday evening at Watkins Glen International. Terry Borcheller took the SRPII class pole in the No. 8 Rand Racing Nissan Lola with a time of one minute 7.362 seconds, a record class lap on the 2.45-mile road course. Niclas Jönsson qualified second in class in the No. 7 Rand Lola (1:08.831). Borcheller will drive with Anthony Lazzaro and Jönsson will share driving honors with Marino Franchitti.

Rand Racing has led the SRPII team standings and Borcheller has topped the SRPII driver points since the start of the season, but he says the championship is now top of mind.

"Anthony and I worked together on the setup again," he said. "We're very good at working together and getting the car not only to where we have a good race car, but we have a good qualifier, good race car, a good traffic car, everything. We need to just continue to get points - the championship is definitely in the back of the mind now."

Jönsson was delayed by an engine problem at the beginning of the 15-minute qualifying session, but came back with a quick lap at the end of the session.

"We had some problems when we went out because the engine felt completely flat," he said. "We came back in, didn't find anything and went back out and it seemed to be okay. I got kind of screwed up with momentum and getting new tires warmed up, but it's okay. We qualified second in class and we'll be right there - we have a good race car."

double duty

Terry Borcheller will compete in two races in two states this weekend. Following the Friday evening Rolex Series race in Watkins Glen, N.Y., he'll drive six hours to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio. He'll drive a BMW M3 with Forest Barber in a Grand-Am Cup race on Sunday.

"I think it's going to be easy because I've done Portland [Ore.] and Trois-Rivières [Qué.] in the same weekend, one Saturday, one Sunday, so this is going to be a walk in the park. And I'm driving so I don't have to deal with airports," he said. He noted the switch from a prototype to the smaller race car won't be a problem: "That little BMW is the car I won the championship with in '98 and my street car is a BMW M3, so it will be okay."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Anthony Lazzaro , Terry Borcheller , Marino Franchitti , Forest Barber