MOWLEM, RISI SQUAD SEEK PETIT VICTORY IN ATLANTA ATLANTA, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2007) -- It is the life of an international racing driver. British sports car racer Johnny Mowlem raced in his home nation twice in consecutive...
MOWLEM, RISI SQUAD SEEK PETIT VICTORY IN ATLANTA
ATLANTA, Ga. (Oct. 1, 2007) -- It is the life of an international racing driver.
British sports car racer Johnny Mowlem raced in his home nation twice in consecutive weekends, then jetted across the Atlantic Ocean to prepare for his next race, possibly even his next win.
Mowlem and his Risi Competizione teammates are making their final preparations for the 1,000-mile Petit Le Mans race at Road Atlanta this week. Mowlem will co-drive a Risi-prepared Ferrari 430 GT in the GT2 class along with Mika Salo and Jaime Melo.
The last time trio raced together in the United States, they won the 12 Hours of Sebring in one of the most celebrated finishes in the long history of that event. In June, at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, they were leading their class by over 3 laps after 17 hours of racing when crash damage eventually knocked them out of the event.
"I am very pleased to be invited back by Mr. Risi and with the support of Ferrari," Mowlem said. "There is no substitute for winning and that's what we aim to do in Atlanta."
Mowlem is the only driver among the three with racing experience at Road Atlanta, the picturesque 2.54-mile, 12-turn circuit in the American Southeast. He finished second overall in the Petit Le Mans last year, driving a class 1 Le Mans prototype car for the Zytek factory team, and was second in class in 2002 while driving a Porsche in the GT2 class.
Mowlem said the fact that Melo and Salo have won the GT2 class in seven of the series 10 races so far this season makes it pretty obvious that the team works well together.
"Mika and Jaime are professionals and they'll adapt very quickly to the track at Road Atlanta," Mowlem said. "The preparation work the Risi team does, which is always brilliant, will make it easier for all three of us."
The event is part of the American Le Mans Series and is among the most prestigious sports car events in North America. Mowlem has spent most of the season racing Ferraris in Europe, but said he was looking forward to racing with the Risi team in Atlanta.
"This is a great group, not just to race with but to hang out with as well," Mowlem said. "It's great fun and I think that contributes to this season's successes as well."