Watkins Glen II: Terry Borcheller race report

four! Terry Borcheller notched his fourth Rolex Sports Car Series win on Friday evening and moved to third in the Daytona Prototype driver championship, just one point off the lead. Borcheller, of Phoenix, and Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex.,...

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Terry Borcheller notched his fourth Rolex Sports Car Series win on Friday evening and moved to third in the Daytona Prototype driver championship, just one point off the lead. Borcheller, of Phoenix, and Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Tex., teamed for the win at Watkins Glen International in Watkins Glen, N.Y.

Barber qualified the No. 54 Bell Motorsports Doran JE4 third in the Daytona Prototype class, fourth overall. Despite earlier rain and a wet track, he started the race on dry race tires, rather than the rain tires his competitors chose. His gamble paid off as the track dried, giving him more mechanical grip on the 2.45-mile road course.

Borcheller drove the second stint, taking the race lead after 38 minutes of the two-hour race. He set the fastest race lap (1:10.699) en route to a 7.368-second margin of victory.

"The preparation the team did over the last month really paid big dividends in the evolution of the car over the weekend," Borcheller said. "We were ready for every session; every time we went out the car got better and went faster. By race time we had a perfect car. The Goodyear tires were really good for the inclement conditions. The track was really 'green' and wet in a lot of spots, but the tires did a great job."

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Borcheller's win gave him 283 points in the 2003 Rolex Series Daytona Prototype driver championship after nine of 12 races. He trails Brumos Racing drivers David Donohue of Malvrin, Pa., and Mike Borkowski of Scottsdale, Ariz., who lead with 284. Bell Motorsports is now second in team points behind Brumos Racing, 283 to 284. [points unofficial, pending confirmation by Rolex Series]

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Borcheller will return to the American Le Mans Series, driving the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Ferrari 360 Modena GT. The next race is set for Sunday, Aug. 17 at Mosport International Raceway in Bowmanville, Ont.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Terry Borcheller , David Donohue , Mike Borkowski , Forest Barber