MANSFIELD, Ohio (June 23, 2004) ^Ö Saleen driver Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammates face a daunting task when they resume their 2004 American Le Mans Series campaign Sunday the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.
Mowlem and his mates compete in the GTS class of the ALMS. The dominant team in that class has been Corvette Racing, but Mowlem feels his team^Òs Saleen S7R can contend for the class victory.
^ÓWe^Òve had some very good test sessions since we raced at Sebring,^Ô Mowlem said. ^ÓOur car continues to develop and we feel that the track at Mid-Ohio is one where the Saleen can be very competitive.^Ô
Mowlem and co-drivers Terry Borcheller and David Brabham finished third in the season-opening race at Sebring International Raceway.
ACEMCO Motorsports is owned by Jeff Giagrande and campaigns cars built by the Irvine, California-based Saleen organization. Mowlem and Borcheller will drive together for the ACEMCO team for the full ALMS season. The pair brings a great deal of international experience to the team, something Mowlem said will be important at Mid-Ohio.
^ÓWhen you compete at this level, it is very difficult to get even the slightest edge,^Ô Mowlem said. ^ÓTerry and I work very well together and that helps the team a great deal. We communicate very well.^Ô
The GTS class of the ALMS pits production-based racecars from around the world against each other. The Saleen team competes against Corvette, Ferrari and other sports car makes.
One of Britain^Òs most successful and personable sportscar 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.