Road Atlanta: ACEMCO Motorsports preview

ACEMCO Motorsports Well Practiced for Petit Spring Lake, Mich. - ACEMCO Motorsports is well practiced for round eight of the American Le Mans Series, Petit Le Mans race to be run at Road Atlanta on September 25th. The 1000 km race will take...

ACEMCO Motorsports Well Practiced for Petit

Spring Lake, Mich. - ACEMCO Motorsports is well practiced for round eight of the American Le Mans Series, Petit Le Mans race to be run at Road Atlanta on September 25th.

The 1000 km race will take approximately 10 hours making it the second longest event on the nine-race ALMS schedule. The race will start at 12:00 noon next Saturday and finish under darkness.

The team will welcome Joao Barbosa as an addition to their driver lineup at Petit. "ACEMCO has run the Saleen all year and it is a well prepared car and well prepared team. Terry has been a champion behind the wheel of that car and Johnny is very fast. I am looking forward to being apart of the ACEMCO team for Petit Le Mans."

The team was anything but idle since Road America four weeks ago. The squad conducted a shake down test of the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R at Putnam Park south of Indianapolis on August 30. On September 2nd drivers Terry Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem went about driving a 10-hour race simulation test at Mid-Ohio in preparation for Petit. "The car ran very well at the test and we were actually pleasantly surprised by how much performance gain we'd made since we raced there at the end of June," said Johnny Mowlem. "The main reason for the test was to ensure mechanical reliability and we found a couple of small issues that could have become larger consequences at the 10-hour Petit Le Mans. These issues can now be fixed to help ensure the team a good solid run at Road Atlanta. No matter how well prepared we are - and we are well prepared - there is always that unknown element which can throw a spanner in the works. But we will definitely be ready for the race and with a bit of luck can get one of the podium places. The top step would be nice."

Terry Borcheller is no stranger to the Road Atlanta circuit. "I enjoy Road Atlanta; it is a very memorable track for me. In 1983 I won the WKA National Karting Championship there and in 2001 the American Le Mans Series Championship. There is a lot of emotion with Road Atlanta and it is now my home track. It should be a great circuit for our car. The test at Mid-Ohio was the most running we've done all year on a single test day that was beneficial for the team as well as Johnny and I."

"The team has worked very hard since Road America," said Jeff Giangrande. "We really wanted to prepare well for Petit Le Mans. It is a significant race on the ALMS schedule and we wanted to make sure we had every angle covered for the race. The addition of Joao to our driver line-up only helps to reaffirm our commitment to winning."

The green flag will drop on the Petit Le Mans at noon on Saturday and will be televised live on Speed Channel starting at 11:30 a.m. with segments at 5:30 p.m. and the finish at 7:30 p.m. Eastern time.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Joao Barbosa , Johnny Mowlem