The 2016 Plan

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The 2016 Plan

Winning the 2015 US Touring Car Championship was an absolute career high.  But now it's over, and i'm looking ahead to the future for bigger and better achievements.  So far i've got a pretty good plan in place with plenty of room for growth.  Here's where Borders Racing is headed this season...

 

US TOURING CAR CHAMPIONSHIP

I'll be back with Life's good Racing this season, but i'm switching from the black BMW M3 to the red all-wheel drive Mitsubishi Lancer.  The main reason for the switch is to get me suited to the front-wheel drive Touring Cars that i'll be running in Germany (by the way, i'm headed to Germany!!).  USTCC is an exciting and growing series, and i'm proud to be a part of it once again.

    

TCR INTERNATIONAL

Because of our Championship win in the USTCC, the series is sending me to Germany to drive a TRC Car at the Oschersleben Circuit.  I'll be driving during their race weekend in June, and I have plans with another team to drive the Nurburgring.  There's no way I can travel all that way without tackling the Green Hell!!

FACTORY FIVE GTM PROTOTYPE

I was thrilled to be part of the 25 Hours of Thunderhill last season in a glorious beast of a race car.  The team was an absolute joy to work with, and I was proud to put our car on the overall podium - especially when we witnessed the numerous high profile teams rolling off the other trucks.  I'm definitely looking forward to getting behind the wheel of that car sometime soon.

RANDOM ACTS OF RACING

Any time the phone rings with an offer to drive, the answer is an immediate "yes".  That's why i've already found myself at a LeMons race in Sonoma, and that is also why i'll be heading to Daytona in April for a 14 Hour enduro.  Honestly i'll drive anything, anytime, anywhere.

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25 HOURS of SPEED, RAIN, AND MORE SPEED

Every December, NASA hosts its annual event - the 25 Hours of Thunderhill.  The race grows in popularity every year, making it an international affair.  I've run this race a half dozen times or so - finally winning it a few years ago.  That said, it wasn't exactly high on my priority list to run it again.  But my good friend Dave Brown called with an offer I couldn't refuse - a chance to drive the Factory Five GTM Prototype that I had seen all season in the US Touring Car Championship.  The car would run for the overall win in the fastest class on the track.  I just couldn't say no.  There was an immediate bond between the drivers and the crew, and the owners (Richard and Yvonne Migliori) provided a down-home feel that made you not care about the cold and the rain.  In the end, we brought a podium finish to the team.  I can not WAIT to drive that car again!! 

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AND THE CHAMPION IS...

WE DID IT!!! We won the 2015 US Touring Car Driver’s Championship!! Huge thanks to all of our sponsors, the USTCC staff, and the entire Life’s Good Racing family. What a season!!

We could not have done it without the amazing support from:
Hawk Performance, Sparta Evolution, Competition Clutch, Outlier Inspired, and Pro Sound Effects

And extra thanks to our team, competitors, and friends:
Karl Chicca, Dave Brown, Chris Hovey, Dave Pitt, Uncle Mike Brown, Eric VanZandt, Gary Minnich, Gary Odgers, Mark O'Connor, Benjamin Hendrik, Mark DeShelter, Ken Blake, Erik Rivera, Deanna Rosen-Hovey, Claudia Castilla, Mauricio Lastres, Rania Tooree, Justin Crick, Susan Crick, Michael Whelden, James Gouveia, Mario Lento, Gary Trudeau, Seth Hensley, Ali Arsham, Becky Arsham, Richard Pochop, and Emma Patterson!!

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HIGHS AND LOWS AT SONOMA

The USTCC races at Sonoma were bittersweet for Life’s Good Racing, mainly due to a devistating first lap crash that took out Michael Whelden and his Mitsubishi.  Michael hobbled away mostly unharmed, and the race was effectively cancelled.  Points were awarded according to qualifying position, which wasn’t ideal for me.  Our qualifying session was an absolute traffic jam with nearly eighty cars on track.  A driver spun and hit the wall in front of me, and my only quick lap was still hindered by slower cars.  We had to settle on fifth place points.  It was a shame, because I fought my way up to second place before the race was re-flagged.  Not ideal for the championship, but we still maintained the lead.

 

The next event weekend was back at Sonoma, and this time we actually got to run a race.  Again I climbed from fifth to second place at the beginning of the race, but dropped back to third after a few laps.  I spent most of the race with my two teammates on my heels, and got passed on the last lap by Justin Crick in an identical - albiet much lighter - M3.  He passed me fair and square, and I had to settle on a fourth place result.  It’s good enough to hold the points lead for the last event, but we’re going to have to fight to stay out front.

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STILL HANGING ON TO THE POINTS LEAD

Our last stop at the soon-to-be-closed Miller Motorsports park earned a 1-2 finish for Life's Good Racing.  Michael Whelden brought the Mitsubishi home in P1, while I fought to hang on to my second spot on the podium.  A little contact on the last lap almost put me out of the race, but the BMW M3 stayed together across the line.  Thanks to all our amazing sponsors, Richard Pochop for the fantastic photography, and the entire Life's Good Racing crew!!!

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WE WON THE SEASON OPENER!!

The 2015 USTCC season is off to a tremendous start thanks to a big win at Buttonwillow.  Final Drive TV will be broadcasting our race very soon, so stay tuned!!

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BIG WIN AT THE USTCC SEASON CLOSER

It's nice to finish off a season on a high note, and we did just that at Thunderhill Raceway at the US Touring Car Championship season finale.  The Life's Good Racing BMW M3 was absolutely flawless all weekend, and the team principal Dave Brown was keeping me in line all weekend.  Our win placed us in a solid P2 in the overall points championship for the series with my team mate Karl Chicca.  Huge thanks to the crew, including Chris Hovey, Dave Pittinger, Uncle Mike, Gary Odgers, Eric VanZandt, Ben Hedrick, and of course... the Mario!! 

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First Visit to Miller Earns Dual Podiums

Miller Motorsports Park is located near Salt Lake City, Utah, and is truly a world class facility.  We ran two races on two different track configurations along side World Challenge and NASCAR K&N.  In both races I was able to fight my way to the lead, and in both races I finished on the podium - placing 3rd and 2nd.  While a win would have been sweet, we were happy to see the Life's Good Racing BMW M3 bumped up to 2nd place in the points championship with one more race to go.

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Borders Racing joins the F2000 Championship Series

The 2014 season will be extra busy for Raceworks and I, as we plan on competing in both the F2000 and F1600 Championship Series.  I'll also run select events in the US Touring Car Championship, all while maintaining my Film Mixing career in California.  I've secured a Van Diemen DF01 from Pabst Racing (yes, the delicious beer family) and we planned on using the first two SCCA Majors races in Florida as our test weekends.  We're still wrapping our head around the setup and the radial tires, and we walked away from both weekends with top five finishes.  The first race weekend was at the very familiar Sebring, and the second was at the new (for me) Palm Beach Raceway.  PBIR was wet most of the weekend, so it was pretty much a throwaway for gathering data on the car.  Of course, it was still fun - except when I got a speeding ticket leaving the track.  Typical...

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Two Classes, Two Cars, Two Wins

We rolled out the new Van Diemen F2000 at Road Atlanta’s annual ARRC Championship race in November.  The Mazda worked flawlessly - and thank goodness for that, because it’s for sale.  

The F2000 took some getting used to.  Namely, I didn’t fit in the car!!  I threw away my size 14 shoes and am now wearing a size 11 - just so I can operate the pedals.  We still have some work to do to get my 6’4” self crammed in there, but I managed to get through the weekend.  I started the race last and crawled through the field to a first place finish.  I know it will be much tougher in the Pro Series, but that’s why I wanted this car!! 

F2000 on the left, Formula Mazda on the right.

F2000 on the left, Formula Mazda on the right.

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The Battle of Barber

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The Battle of Barber

My second time racing at Barber Motorsports Park in Alabama was just as successful as the first - albeit much more work!!  I didn’t qualify the car as well as I had hoped, and started from sixth place in class.  After several laps of clawing to the the front, I found myself in quite a battle with Keith Roberts - a Formula Atlantic driver.  After some of the closest racing either one of us had seen in quite a while, I managed to cross the line in the lead when in counted.  The video tells the tale...

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2013 Season Kickoff at Sebring

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2013 Season Kickoff at Sebring

For the 2013 racing season, SCCA announced its new US Majors Tour - a more professionally run version of their National Championship.  Race number one was an eye-opener...

Here are the condensed highlights from Race 1 of the 2013 Season for SCCA's U.S. Major's Tour at Sebring Raceway. The multiple onboard cameras show lots of close passing, some contact, and some good-and-bad examples of how to deal with traffic.

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Mayhem at the June Sprints!!

The June Sprints is a part of SCCA’s famed “Triple-Crown”.  It’s easily one of the largest races of the year, attracting some of the fastest drivers in the country.  The Raceworks Team qualified their cars seventh and eighth on the grid in the thirty-five car field.  The race was unfortunately red-flagged before the cars ever reached turn one due to a wild tumble down the front straightaway courtesy of Doug Peterson (clearly not Doug’s fault, as you’ll see by the video).

Sam Lockwood suffered a bit of damage during Doug’s wreck, but Beau charged on, passing Carson Weeder for fourth place at the start finish line by a margin of 0.040 seconds!!   

Go onboard with Doug Peterson at the start of the 2012 June Sprints at Road America as he gets pinched against the front straightaway and rolls the car at 100mph. Five competitors caught the shunt on tape - Carson Weeder, Beau Borders, Sam Lockwood, Robert Noell, and Steve Jenks.


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