Fourth 1-2 Rand Racing scored its fourth 1-2 finish in the SRPII class during the Friday evening Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International. Terry Borcheller started the No. 8 Rand Racing Nissan Lola from the class pole position...
Rand Racing scored its fourth 1-2 finish in the SRPII class during the Friday evening Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International. Terry Borcheller started the No. 8 Rand Racing Nissan Lola from the class pole position and held the class lead through his one-hour stint on the 2.45-mile road course. Anthony Lazzaro drove the final stint of the two-hour race and cruised to the class win.
Niclas Jönsson started second in SRPII in the No. 7 Rand Lola. He was hampered by an electrical problem, but held second place with lap times just a half-second off Borcheller's. Marino Franchitti followed Jönsson in the car. He lost a lap because of his position relative to the safety car during two caution periods, but the pair still finished second in class.
"The race was uneventful because the 7 car had a little bit of a motor issue early on, so it made it really easy. The difficult part was maintaining concentration, not having anybody to run with. I was getting a lot of [rubber] pick-up on the front tires, running through the traffic. It was really difficult to drive and it gave me a couple of moments where I just lost the grip on the front, then it would regain grip. That was a little bit disconcerting and caused me to slow down in the middle of the stint."
"It was good driving with Terry again. We have a perfect score together and it's kind of cool because I have a perfect score with Rand so far. Obviously, we miss Bill [team owner Rand] being here this weekend, but he's out working so he can make all this possible, and we really appreciate that. Terry and I are really, really good endurance-racing teammates. I just wonder how long a perfect score can go on!"
Nic did a great job on the first stint and I just kept that going. We lost a lap because of the way the yellows worked out for us, both the first and the second yellow. If we'd got waved by the second yellow we would have been right back in the hunt. I think we had the measure of them today, but unfortunately we didn't get that. But it's good to be fast and get another one-two finish for Rand Racing. And it was fun - any track where you don't go below third gear, that flows like this track, I just can't get enough of it."
"We had an electrical problem the whole weekend with our engine; sometimes the engine just went flat. Unfortunately, the engine went flat for the whole first stint and I lost probably a second or two a lap. I was surprised I could stay as close as I could with Terry. It's unfortunate we couldn't give our teammates a run for the money this time. But we'll take second and hopefully try to win [the next race] in Virginia."