Mid-Ohio: Johnny Mowlem preview

MOWLEM, ACEMCO MATES EYE ALMS RACE AT MID-OHIO LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 13, 2005) -- Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammates head to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this week for the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio ...

MOWLEM, ACEMCO MATES EYE ALMS RACE AT MID-OHIO

LEXINGTON, Ohio (May 13, 2005) -- Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammates head to the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this week for the American Le Mans Series at Mid-Ohio event.

One of the most scenic of America's sports car venues, the track offers challenges that make it unique among the tracks where the American Le Mans Series competes.

"It's an excellent racing facility," Mowlem said. "We've tested there in 2004 because it's a track that tells you a lot about your car. It is also a good place to race, as there are so many passing opportunities."

Mowlem co-drives a Saleen S7R with Terry Borcheller. The ACEMCO team is owned by Jeff Giangrande. The team competes in the GT1 class for the most powerful production-based sports cars. The entry list for the Mid-Ohio event indicates the Saleen will compete against Chevy Corvettes, Dodge Vipers and Maseratis.

The American Le Mans Series officials have reversed a decision made earlier this season regarding the rear wing on the ACEMCO Saleen. The decision mandated a wing smaller than what the team used in previous seasons. The most recent ruling allows the ACEMCO team to use the larger wing for the remainder of the season. The team was saddled with running a wing that was six-inches smaller at Sebring and Road Atlanta.

Mowlem said. "Never the less, we still learned quite a lot in the race at Road Atlanta and we hope we can apply all that at Mid-Ohio. I can tell you that our team have worked like mad since the Atlanta race."

Mowlem and Borcheller are third, as a team, in the GT1 driver standings, ACEMCO is second in the team standings and Saleen is second among manufacturers in the class.

"It's a very competitive class," Mowlem said, "but even so, we're still disappointed with our start to the year. With different luck we could have had a second and a third out of the first two races and be second in the drivers championship, so it's about time we got our first podium of 2005."

One of Britain's most successful and personable sportscar drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. In 2004, his finished fourth in the British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star Award voting for international British racers. 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.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem