JOHNNY MOWLEM BEGINS 2005 ALMS SEASON WITH HIGH HOPES
SEBRING, Fla. (March 4, 2005) -- As British sports car racer Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammates prepare for the 53rd running of the Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, they know a victory in the endurance racing classic will be hard-earned.
The Sebring event is a colorful racing favorite of many fans and drivers. Steeped in history and tradition, the race is sanctioned by the American Le Mans Series and routinely attracts one of the strongest fields of the year among all races, worldwide.
"I know it's going to be a very tough battle," Mowlem said. "Our GT1 class includes the factory Corvettes and Aston Martins, but also you can't discount the privateer Corvette and the Ferrari teams. Add to that mix the factory Maserati car, and you have arguably the most competitive GT1 field anywhere ever."
The GT1 class includes the world's most powerful production-based racecars.
The ACEMCO team fields a Saleen S7R for Mowlem and co-driver Terry Borcheller. At Sebring they will be joined by German sportscar star; Ralf Kelleners.
The Sebring race has traditionally been, among other things, a celebration of the coming of spring. Mowlem noted that it also marks the beginning of what he expects to be a very exciting year for the ACEMCO team.
"I'm very much looking forward to Sebring and the start of the 2005 ALMS season," Mowlem said. "It's been a long winter break, interspersed only with a brief trip to Florida for some testing and the Daytona 24 hour race, so now I'm fully re-charged and ready to go. Also, given the weather over here in the UK at the moment, I'm really looking forward to getting to Florida for some sunshine!"
Mowlem and Borcheller finished third in class in the 2004 Sebring race
and finished third, as a team, in the final 2004 standings. Mowlem said that the work that the ACEMCO team put in during the off-season will make the team one of the key players at Sebring and for the remainder of the season.
"The support from Michelin and all the hard work that the ACEMCO team have 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!" Mowlem said.
One of Britain's most successful and personable sports car drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. In 2003, he finished fourth in the British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star Award, a ranking of all British racers competing in international series, including Formula One. A married father of two, Mowlem was raised in Majorca, Spain. He has earned university degrees in economics and Spanish. More information on Mowlem is available at www.johnnymowlem.com.