Borcheller Bump Ends Burrow’s Strong Brickyard Run

Borcheller Bump Ends Burrow’s Strong Brickyard Run

Contact: Matt Cleary, Sunday Group Management
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Indianapolis, IN (27 July 2012)– Adam Burrows’ Indianapolis Motor Speedway debut was packed with promise, as he and co-driver Andrew Novich were looking to return to the GRAND-AM Continental Tire Sports Car podium as the series staged its debut event at the Brickyard.

Sharing the No. 74 Dr. Kimberly Henry/ Speed Secrets Honda Civic Si for Compass360 Racing (C360R), Novich started from 10th and powered to the lead on lap 17, holding the point for 11 laps before a lap 27 pit stop under green. Unfortunately, the exchange was not a flawless one after the interior window net–which must be fastened in place per GRAND-AM rules–didn’t engage properly and needed additional time to secure.

Returning to the race in 26th position, Burrows put his head down and looked to convert the speed of the Civic Si into a big result on a big stage. Some shrewd strategy and heads-up driving saw Burrows moving up to P5, setting one of the fastest laps of the race just ahead of a major rain storm that moved over the 2.534-mile speedway road course which resulted in a red flag when GRAND-AM deemed the track conditions too hazardous to continue under yellow.

The red flag lasted for 25-minutes and Burrows restarted the race in a mix of wet and dry conditions to run sixth before contact with the No. 23 of Terry Borcheller knocked the No. 74 Honda machine off track and into the sand trap. Once Burrows was rescued from the gravel, he returned to the order 21st but was unable to move up as the sixth and final full course caution of the race saw the event finish under yellow.

“I can’t say enough about was a privilege it was to race here today,” said Burrows, the 2007 Series Champ. “The facility is amazing, the staff is great and the fans have been fantastic. The race itself certainly had it’s fair share of excitement. Andrew did a great job of getting the car up front, but the safety net falling down certainly compromised our stop. The addition of the mid-race downpour gave us a lot to think about in order to get the car to the front. Ray (Lee, C360R Technical Director) gambled big on sticking with dry tires during the rain, and that gamble paid off. It was the perfect decision, an amazing call.”

“What happened with Borcheller? I just don’t know. I have a lot of respect for Terry, and I don’t consider that normal technique for him. We haven’t spoken about the incident, but I’m sure we’ll have a talk about it. Disappointment . . . heartbreak . . . call it what you want. This wasn’t the 500, but it’s still Indy, and we were in prime position. Looking at the cars in front of us, I think that a top five was well within reach, if not more. It would have given us a big jump in the championship standings.”

Burrows will have a six-week break in Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge action as the series next travels to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca for Round 9 of the championship September 7-8.

PR inquiries about Adam Burrows and Trevor Hopwood should be directed to Matt Cleary at Sunday Group Management; 317.908.2975 (mobile) or media@

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