EXPERIENCE NECESSARY OR NECESSARY EXPERIENCE?
There are the bare statistics, but how much influence the number of times that the drivers have competed here at Petit Le Mans before remains to be seen.
Mowlem has missed only the 1998 inaugural event, competing 5 times in a GT2 Porsche, twice in GT1 and last year in the LMP1 Zytek.
One of Nic Jonsson's Petit Le Mans appearances at his 'home' track was in 2004 in the Krohn Barbour Lamborghini Murcielago, and he's confident the hours of testing that Krohn Racing has done at this track (their shop is based here) will pay dividends for he and his team mates.
After a disjointed start to the racing weekend yesterday, when car 62 suffered engine problems and was not able to take part in the test session, both Risi Competizione managed cars are now running well.
Jaime Melo and Johnny Mowlem were here at Road Atlanta for the two day test last weekend, and the Brazilian set a fastest time of 1:20.2 which gave the team great confidence going into the event.
Mika Salo, who missed out on track time yesterday, has made the most of his laps today. "It's a very nice track. I like the elevations and it's quite a smooth circuit as well; it's nice. It's not an easy circuit and I can see traffic could be a bit of a problem because the prototypes are so much quicker than we are. I got the hang of it quite quickly so it's okay and I'm really happy with everything."
Nic Jonsson is enjoying returning to the event at which he had so much success in 2006. "I was fortunate to be a part of the GT2 winning team last year with Petersen White Lightning, but I feel very confident with the Risi Competizione/Krohn Racing team. They've prepared a very good race car for us.
"With our #61 car, we've been working on long runs and double stinting the tires for the first two days. If you look at the time sheets we are about 6th or 7th but, that said, we are doing long runs on full tanks and with old tires so we are in pretty good shape.
"Adding Darren Turner to our driver line up is, I think, a great strength for the team. Darren has a lot of experience not just here at Atlanta, winning here in GT1 last year with the Aston Martin, but also in general. He's a proven talent in sportscar racing which I think will help us out tremendously. When it comes down to it, having Darren in the team will be a huge advantage and hopefully we'll be on the podium when the checkered flag waves."
NO SLEEPING PLEASE!
Our favourite Finn has, as many people know, a wicked sense of humor and fun.
On a recent visit to Japan for the Formula One Grand Prix, Mika Salo was out with some Japanese friends and one of them was unfortunate enough to fall asleep during the evening. Even more unfortunate was the fact that Mika found a permanent marker pen...
When his friend awoke at home the following morning, he may have been surprised to find that his chest was sporting a large tattoo and he had a monobrow that a caveman would have been proud of.
The moral of the story is never fall asleep within several thousand miles of Mika Salo!