British sports car star Johnny Mowlem and the ACEMCO Racing team have started an all-out assault on one of North America's sports car racing classics, the Petit Le Mans. The endurance event is part of the American Le Mans Series. The ACEMCO team...
British sports car star Johnny Mowlem and the ACEMCO Racing team have started an all-out assault on one of North America's sports car racing classics, the Petit Le Mans. The endurance event is part of the American Le Mans Series.
The ACEMCO team campaigns a Saleen S7R in the ALMS GTS class. Driven by Mowlem and Terry Borcheller, the car has been among the best in GTS all season.
"We want to get better," Mowlem said. "The car has been reliable and it's been fast, but we've scheduled two tests in the coming weeks to try out some new ideas."
The team will test at Putnam Park Road Course in Mount Meridian, Ind. on Aug. 30, then test again at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio on Sept. 2. and then again on the 17th,18th and 19th prior to the race week itself.
"The Mid-Ohio test will simulate the nine hours or so the Petit Le Mans will last," Mowlem said. "Mid-Ohio is somewhat similar to Road Atlanta (site of the Petit Le Mans) and we hope to further the development of the S7R."
Mowlem has seen tantalizing glimpses of the Saleen's potential. He and Borcheller are third in the GTS driver standings after a difficult third place finish in class at Road America. Mowlem took over 39 laps into the race.
"The car developed a vibration on the third lap of my stint and then six laps later the left front tire deflated, pitching me into the gravel in turn fourteen," Mowlem said. "The team did a great job to keep the car going to the end under a very tough set of circumstances. It was a long day."
Mowlem has been busy this summer. The week before the ALMS race at Road America, he drove a GT-class Porsche in a European Le Mans Series race at Silverstone in England. Mechanical troubles stopped the car for a while, but at the end of the race the car and Mowlem were faster than the class winners.
"I guess that shows what might have been," Mowlem said. "That's motor racing."
One of Britain's most successful and personable sport scar drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. In 2003, he finished fourth in the British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star Award, a ranking of all British racers competing in international series, including Formula One. A married father of two, Mowlem was raised in Majorca, Spain. He has earned university degrees in economics and Spanish. More information on Mowlem is available at www.johnnymowlem.com.