Terry Borcheller reports on preparations for Daytona 24-hour Race

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K&N Sponsored Driver, Terry Borcheller reports on his preparations for the upcoming 24 Hours of Daytona race -- the season kick-off for the Grand American Daytona Prototype Series.

Terry Borcheller was back on track January 7th through January 9th for the official track test prior to the Rolex 24 At Daytona. The Gainesville, GA driver shared the No. 54 Bell Motorsports /Feeds The Need Pontiac-powered Doran JE4 with Forest Barber of Fort Worth, Texas, Christian Fittipaldi of Key Biscayne, Fla., Ralf Kelleners of Germany and Paul Tracy of Las Vegas.

Borcheller won the Rolex 24 with the team in 2003 enroute to the Rolex Sports Car Series driver championship, so he's looking for a champion's edge. The team worked on development of the car during the off-season and implemented several changes during the test on the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway infield road course in Daytona Beach, Fla.

"The changes were positive," Borcheller noted. "They didn't help as much as we'd hoped, but we still think there's a lot to go. We've got a great driver lineup and we all got along very well at the test. Christian and Paul know each other very well and Ralf and I are the best of friends, so we all seemed to really click. That's always a good thing."

Borcheller was honored to work with two-time Formula One World champion Emmerson Fittipaldi, who drove some laps in the Bell/FTN

"That was very cool! He's a hero of mine from when I was a kid," Borcheller said. "I worked with him quite a bit; I went over the ergonomics of the dash layout for him and talked to him about the car. He's a super guy and it was a privilege for me to be able to hang out with him and even more to have him drive our car."

Borcheller was impressed with changes to the Daytona infield, including new garages and viewing areas that allow fans to be part of the action. "It was good to be back at Daytona and see the changes to the facility," he said. "They've put a lot of money and effort in to make it more fan-friendly, which will be great for the race."

Borcheller will be testing the Bell/FTN Doran this month in preparation for the Rolex 24 At Daytona, set for Feb. 5 and 6. He will also test the No. 63 ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R that he'll drive in the American Le Mans Series this season.

Terry Borcheller's official website

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