Terry Borcheller has one piece of his 2004 race puzzle set with the announcement that he will return to the American Le Mans Series GTS class, driving the ACEMCO Motorsports Saleen S7R for team owner Jeff Giangrande - and admits that the character of his new employer played a big part in his decision to sign.

Borcheller will share driving duties with Britain's Johnny Mowlem next season as ACEMCO graduates to the GTS class to take on Corvette and Ferrari, but already knows how to score in a Saleen. From 1998 to 2001, he won three championships and 17 races in the potent S7R, and will be on familiar ground in the ALMS, where he won the 2001 GTS championship - in a Saleen.

"It's really an honour to be involved with a businessman and team owner such as Jeff Giangrande - I am very impressed with his direction and leadership," Borcheller revealed, "You can judge someone's character pretty quickly by what they believe or some of the things they say, and his character has been inspirational to me.

"I had the unique opportunity to see his business operation - it functions unbelievably! A lot of the same successful principles he's implemented in his business, he's putting in place in the racing team. I hope it has the same results, which would be to be at the top level of competition. It's a pretty high standard, but he's done it in business and it would be great if he could do it in racing."

Borcheller's personal sponsor, K&N Performance Filters, will be a key partner in all of his race activities next year.

"With the structure of each programme, there's a definitive place for K&N," the sportscar ace noted, "They have been a part of every negotiation with every team, from decals to patches to in-car cameras. Since they've committed to me, I've been able to utilise their participation with my negotiations."

In addition to his ALMS commitment, Borcheller is currently finalising details to compete in two more series in 2004. He expects to return to the Rolex Sports Car Series to defend his Daytona Prototype championship and will also be aiming for the top in a new Grand-Am Cup programme. He is also considering opportunities to race in the 24 Heures du Mans and the Le Mans Endurance Series.

 

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