Quick restarts by Bryan Sellers and Terry Borcheller with six minutes remaining in the Brickyard Sports Car Challenge helped their respective teams win their second Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race of the season on Friday, as an incident moments later caused the race at Indianapolis Motor Speedway to end under caution.
It was a second-straight victory for Sellers and Fall-Line Motorsports car owner and co-drive Mark Boden in the No. 46 Trim-Tex/BCKSTGR BMW M3. Sellers led Billy Johnson, Bill Auberlen, Charles Espenlaub, Matt Plumb and Shelby Blackstock on the final restart, which proved to be the winning move when Kris Wilson and Taylor Hacquard tangled in Turn 2, effectively ending the race.
“It’s hard to believe I’ve kissed the bricks at Indy,” said Sellers. “That’s something I’ve always dreamed of growing up. When you go through the tunnel here it takes your breath away. This is where it all started.”
Johnson and Jack Roush Jr. finished second in the No. 61 Roush Performance Ford Mustang Boss 302R, followed by Auberlen and Paul Dalla Lana in the No. 96 Turner Motorsport BMW M3, and Espenlaub and Trent Hindman in the No. 48 Fall-Line Motorsports BMW M3.
Plumb and co-driver Nick Longhi finished fifth in the No. 13 Rum Bum Racing Porsche 997. They extended their lead in the GS standings to 33 points (209-176) over John Edwards and Matt Bell, who retired late in the race due to suspension damage.
In the Street Tuner (ST) race, Borcheller also got off to a great restart late in the race, and then smiled when he saw his rivals going three-wide entering Turn 1 behind him.
“I said, ‘Race away, guys,’” Borcheller said, who joined Mike LaMarra in the No. 23 Burton Racing BMW 128i – a car prepared in the team’s shop in nearby Brownsburg. “I always dreamed of racing in the Indy 500. To even be able to come here to race – and win – is a very special thing.”
The victory enabled Borcheller and LaMarra to retake the lead in the ST championship by eight points (175-167) over Kyle Gimple and Ryan Eversley, who finished 19th.
Jeff Mosing and Jesse Combs finished second in the No. 56 RACE EPIC/Murillo Racing BMW 328i, followed by 2012 Brickyard Sports Car Challenge winners Dan Rogers and Seth Thomas in the No. 82 BimmerWorld Racing BMW 328i.
The race will be televised on Saturday, Aug. 3, on SPEED at 4 p.m. ET. The next Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge race will be at Road America on Saturday, Aug. 10.