ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Sixth in GT1 at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- Johnny Mowlem and Terry Borchller weathered a tough day of mechanical issues to finish the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in sixth place at the Generac...
ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Sixth in GT1 at Road America
Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin -- Johnny Mowlem and Terry Borchller weathered a tough day of mechanical issues to finish the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in sixth place at the Generac 500 American Le Mans Series race at Road America.
At the drop of the green flag, Mowlem was able to split the Vettes and run in second for some 20 laps. Later in his stint on a restart, the British driver was able to get in front of the leading yellow car only be repassed into turn one with an aggressive smoky tire move by Oliver Gavin.On lap 39 Mowlem pitted the Saleen with the car stuck in fifth gear. The shift linkage was repaired and co-driver Terry Borcheller returned to the fight four laps down. The drama was not over for the black, yellow and silver team. Borcheller crested the hill on lap 64 when the left front wheel departed from the car, rendering him stopped at pit exit and ending their day with 15-minutes left in the event.
"I actually lead the class for about 20-feet," said Mowlem.J"The shifting problem started on my second set of tires, which cut into my lap times a little bit. It was nice to be in the fight among the front running Vettes. The performance is better, we just need to put it all together and bring it home at the end for a finish."
"The car doesn't run real good on three tires," exclaimed Borcheller. "Overall it was pretty good once the crew fixed the shifter. The car did not want to be hustled today. The setup we had under it rewarded a smoother style and the lap times would come. I felt the car had 2:01s in it, which puts us right on pace. Jeff and the team are working hard to put the most competitive car on the track and it shows."
"We looked good early on in the race," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "Johnny was able to run among the Corvettes and create a little excitement. The shift linkage was redesigned prior to Portland.JWe finally had the opportunity to put some time on the parts in the car and we broke a dollar component. Terry ran some fast laps and the wheel departed. Not sure what happened there, the threads on the car are in tact, the nut went on in the pits properly. We have to investigate that closer. I think the Vettes have a reserve performance tank somewhere."
The American Le Mans Series will travel to Mosport International Raceway for round eight on September 4th.