race day! Terry Borcheller packed a full race weekend into one day, and made every moment count. With his usual No. 54 Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Doran JE4 sidelined for the Sept. 24 Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen ...
Terry Borcheller packed a full race weekend into one day, and made every moment count. With his usual No. 54 Bell Motorsports/Feeds the Need Doran JE4 sidelined for the Sept. 24 Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen International, Borcheller moved to the No. 15 CB Motorsports Pontiac-powered Riley Mk XI. Commuting between an American Le Mans Series test at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., and Watkins Glen, N.Y., Borcheller had only a 30-minute warmup in the Riley before the two-hour 45-minute race.
Borcheller, of Gainesville, Ga., shared driving duty with Hugo Guenette of Blainville, Que. Guenette qualified 15th on the 39-car grid with a lap of one minute 48.511 seconds (112.8 mph) on the 3.4-mile grand prix road course. He drove the first stint of the race, charging as high as eighth place before settling at 10th. Borcheller took over after 53 minutes, returning to the track 15th. He steadily moved through the field to finish fourth, just 0.489 seconds behind the third-place podium position.
"It was kind of a high and low day -- and it wasn't a race weekend, it was a day for me. It was sad because the Bell guys weren't here and the 54 wasn't running. There were a lot of fans who were shocked. It says a lot for the series and the team, what they're trying to do to get people behind the car and the drivers," Borcheller said.
"CB Motorsports is just a great group of guys and really on it. I could push and the car would go faster. The stops were great, the strategy was great, the car was great, Hugo did a fantastic first stint and it was a fun race!"
Doran to Riley
Borcheller has driven the No. 54 Doran JE4 since the Rolex Series Daytona Prototype class was introduced in 2003. He drove a Riley Mk XI for the first time on Saturday. The difference? "We've had the balance as good with the Doran, but the Riley seems to have more overall grip," he said.
Borcheller avoided several crashes during his stint, but he was frustrated by the amount of carnage during the race.
"There are still some guys who are making some moves that are costing them pretty big. That's unfortunate for a lot of people, because not only does it put them out of the race, it's expensive," he said, noting incidents such as the multi-car crash that took fellow Pontiac drivers Max Papis and Butch Leitzinger out of the race.
"When I see guys in trouble like that, I try to give them courtesy, not run them over. I saw Max and Butch were in trouble, so I wasn't trying to go as fast as I could through there, I was trying to make sure that they had enough room to stay on the track. The guys behind me seemed like they were trying to gain a position! You can't drive like that; it's too dangerous."
Borcheller will drive a Saleen S7R in the 1000-mile or 10-hour Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., on Oct. 1.