ACEMCO Motorsports Ready to Race at Sebring
Spring Lake, Michigan -- ACEMCO Motorsports has completed a thorough testing schedule in preparation for the American Le Mans Series season opener at the Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring to be run March 19th. Driver's Terry Borcheller, Johnny Mowlem and Ralf Kelleners are anxious to go head to head with the record 10 competitors that will compete in the GT1 class at historic Sebring.
"We have completed a good schedule of testing during the winter," said Jeff Giangrande, ACEMCO Motorsports team owner. "We will see the largest entry of GT1 cars the series has ever seen at Sebring. This will be a good view of what we will see come June at Le Mans. The crew has rebuilt both of our S7-Rs, one for the ALMS schedule and the other for Le Mans. The drivers have been running test miles, so the whole team is ready to see what we have against the rest of the GT1 competition at speed at Sebring next week."
After finishing third at Sebring in 2004, driver Johnny Mowlem is ready for the 12-Hour challenge next week. "I know that the Sebring 12-hours is going to be a very tough battle. Our GT1 class includes the factory Corvettes and Aston Martins; you can't discount the privateer Corvette and the Ferrari teams. Add to that mix the factory Maserati and you have arguably the most competitive GT1 field anywhere ever, including this year's Le Mans 24. The support from Michelin and all the hard work that the ACEMCO team has put in over the last few months will keep us in the hunt for a podium finish. Obviously after all that effort, we're going to be aiming for the top step of that podium!"
"The test at Sebring went really well, the tires, reliability and getting to know some of the new faces on the team," said Borcheller. "We came away from the test with a list of issues and Jeff is addressing those. The setup of the car has changed substantially with the new Michelin tires. The car is much better than this time last year in the key areas of speed, handling and reliability. This is the most anticipated field in this class in years. I am totally optimistic about our chances of doing really well. I am completely jazzed for the race in eight days."
"The testing we were able to do last month really helped me get acclimated to the car and team," said Ralf Kelleners. "The car improved with nearly every adjustment that we made during the test. The Michelins proved to be very consistent and durable. The adjustments to the car to maximize the tires was our primary focus, I am confident we have a good baseline set-up going into the 12-hour."
ACEMCO Automotive is based in Spring Lake, Michigan and is an industry leader in the engineering, manufacture and assembly of metal stampings for light trucks, SUVs and passenger cars.