Mid Ohio: Archangel preview

Archangel continues with ALMS at Mid-Ohio. June 25, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport, straight from a podium finish at the Six Hours of the Glen, heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of...

Archangel continues with ALMS at Mid-Ohio.

June 25, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport, straight from a podium finish at the Six Hours of the Glen, heads to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course for the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio on June 30, 2002.

The two-time back-to-back Rolex SRPII champions made their first ALMS appearance at the Grand Prix of Sonoma at Sears Point Raceway in May -- where they walked away with the class win.

The team will enter their #13 Lola B2K/40 LMP 675 with the new Marshall Cook powerplant that debuted at Sears Point. Continuing in his second ALMS event of the season will be England's Ben Devlin. Devlin will be joined by Bret Arsenault, who helped the Archangel squad earn their podium at last week's classic at Watkins Glen.

The team has been extremely busy the last few weeks, what with races at Le Mans, then Watkins Glen, Mid-Ohio this weekend and then Road America. They've been on the road and have not been at their home base at Road Atlanta since late May.

"We haven't had much chance to continue development on the new engine/chassis combination because of our extremely busy schedule," says team owner Mike Johnson. "We'll have to rely on its great performance in its first outing at Sonoma. We have had a chance to decrease the overall weight by 20 kilos which will hopefully help us close up to the front via the weight savings. I look forward to our second ALMS challenge and I know the drivers and the crew do as well! Our team has been fortunate to have won the SRPII class in the last two Rolex races here at Mid-Ohio -- hopefully we can three-peat this weekend!"

Ben Devlin, who's high in the sky over the Atlantic at the time of this release's issue, had this to say before leaving England for Ohio: " I'm really looking forward to getting back in the car after the long break due to Le Mans. I haven't raced at Mid-Ohio before but I look forward to the challenge -- I've been told it's a driver's circuit. After our success at Sears Point, the team has a difficult act to follow, but I'm confident that Mike and the Archangel crew will have the car ready to compete for honors in the 675 class. It will be an exciting two weeks for me because this race is followed immediately by the Road America event where I made my U.S. racing debut -- taking the SRPII class win with Archangel!"

Additional information on the Archangel organization is available to you at www.archangelmotorsports.com and on Ben Devlin at www.bendevlin.com.

The 2 hour, 45 minute timed event at the 2.258 mile/13 turn road racing circuit will be televised live on the Speed Channel starting at 2:00pm EST time on Sunday, June 30. Live timing and scoring of the Mid-Ohio race is available on Sunday at www.imsaracing.net .

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ben Devlin , Bret Arsenault , Mike Johnson