Mid-Ohio: Lola gives Autocon added hope

LOLA GIVES AUTOCON ADDED HOPE AT MID-OHIO Braselton, Ga. - Autocon Motorsports is hoping its new car will yield old results at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this week. Chris McMurry and team owner Mike Lewis are driving the No. 12 Lola EX257-AER,...

LOLA GIVES AUTOCON ADDED HOPE AT MID-OHIO

Braselton, Ga. - Autocon Motorsports is hoping its new car will yield old results at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course this week. Chris McMurry and team owner Mike Lewis are driving the No. 12 Lola EX257-AER, the same prototype that has finished second in the last two runnings of the American Le Mans at Mid-Ohio for Dyson Racing.

Even more encouraging is that Andy Wallace and Chris Dyson finished behind only James Weaver and Butch Leitzinger in Dyson Racing's other Lola in 2005, the team's first 1-2 overall finish in the American Le Mans Series. Both McMurry and Lewis hope the Lola's success will carry over this year at a track that both drivers immensely enjoy. "Mike has won a number of SCCA races there, so he's going to be quick," McMurry said. "And I've always like the track. So it should be good for us."

Lewis purchased the Lola from Dyson Racing at the end of last year. Since that time, the team has spent many hours testing the car and learning what it likes. McMurry said it has been near perfect except for a push in slow-speed corners, which dot the Mid-Ohio layout. Other than that, there's not much else that has been wrong with the car.

"We want to get that out of the way, especially at this track," McMurry said of the push.

"The standard of measure of what the car is capable of doing is what the Dysons have done with it in the past. They're a great team with great drivers," he added. "The reality is that you race in the moment. It may not matter if our times are better or slower than theirs (Dyson Racing's). Our goals for the weekend are to put in some great lap times and continue to go forward. We did that in Houston, but we're still learning about the car."

McMurry also said that Autocon's AER engine will be running with the increased boost and maximum restrictor diameter allowed by IMSA. "We weren't able to get the engines all situated (for Houston)," he added. "We'll have them in place this weekend, though."

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