MOWLEM JOINS CORSA MOTORSPORT FOR 2008 ALMS SEASON
LONDON, England (Nov. 30, 2007) -- Johnny Mowlem announced today that he has joined Corsa Motorsport and will drive a Ferrari in the GT2 class of the American Le Mans Series in 2008.
The popular British Sportscar front runner has spent much of his career racing in the United States. He has victories in America's two top endurance races, the 12 Hours of Sebring and the 24 Hours of Daytona, to his credit.
Having said that, much of Mowlem's 2007 season was European based, where he drove Ferraris in three different series. He said the relationships he has developed with Ferrari through the end of 2006 and into 2007 factored into his decision when Corsa Motorsport owner Steve Pruitt recruited Mowlem.
"I have developed a very good relationship with the Ferrari factory," Mowlem said. "After Steve's initial phone call, I had several conversations with different people at Ferrari and I quickly realized that this project was very much on their horizon, as something they were giving their full support. With that in mind, it allows me to not only to continue to build on my relationship with them, but also to return to the ALMS, which my absence from this year has very much reinforced my opinion that it is the world's premier sports car platform for a professional driver."
Mowlem will co-drive the Corsa Ferrari with ALMS veteran Gunnar Jeanette.
"In some ways this is diametrically opposite to my deal with Risi Competizione (in 2007), where I was walking into a top level deal that was already consistently winning," Mowlem said. "With Corsa Motorsport, the challenge will be to help take the team to that kind of level, and I find that a very exciting proposition. But with Steve Pruitt at the helm, huge commitment from Hankook worldwide and a fantastic team mate in Gunnar Jeanette I am looking forward to the challenge and having some fun at the same time".