Road Atlanta: ACEMCO Motorsports Saturday report

ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Fourth in GT1 for Road Atlanta Braselton, Georgia -- ACEMCO Motorsports qualified fourth in GT1 for round two of the American Le Mans Series race to be run at Road Atlanta tomorrow. Terry Borcheller was behind the...

ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Fourth in GT1 for Road Atlanta

Braselton, Georgia -- ACEMCO Motorsports qualified fourth in GT1 for round two of the American Le Mans Series race to be run at Road Atlanta tomorrow.

Terry Borcheller was behind the wheel in the waning moments of practice, just prior to qualifying, and spun going into turn six ending up in the gravel. Despite the spin, the team cleaned up the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R and Borcheller qualified with a time of 1:18.133 and a speed of 117 mph with just nine-minutes remaining in the session.

"That is the fastest that we have ever gone in the car," said Terry Borcheller. "The updates with the shocks and engine have been a nice progression. In practice I entered into turn six a little hot and went to the brakes and ended up in the gravel. I am exploring the limits of the car with the smaller wing and I guess I found one of those limits. The spin actually acted as a motivator for qualifying, the team worked hard to get it cleaned up and ready and I wanted to make a good showing."

Teammate Johnny Mowlem is encouraged by the progress of the car. "I am happy with the improvement of the car, but not satisfied with the speed. We are having to tune the new engine management system and come out each session with a little better performance. With the reduction in the wing I am having to reexplore the boundaries of the cars handling. I just have to be very mindful of the brake and the power. The evolution of the car since Sebring is great, we need more laps to be able to maximize the new bits and get the car settled with the wing reduction."

"We are remapping the motor and really debugging the new Bosch engine management system," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "The six-inch reduction in the rear wing is hurting our downforce. I think the reduction has cost a minimum of a half-second. Last years pole time was a one-eighteen and change and we are below that time. Terry did a good job to qualify the car and he and Johnny are being patient with the crew to make the car better every session. I am not too worried about where we are on the grid; we will need to keep the Corvettes in our sites tomorrow."

The Road Atlanta event will be televised live on CBS starting at 12:00 p.m. EST on Sunday, April 17th.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem