Sebring: Melanie Paterson race report

Hard luck at Sebring. Melanie Paterson and the Marshall Cooke Racing team had a tough weekend at the first American Le Mans Series of 2003, the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring. An engine failure forced the team to withdraw from the race after a mere...

Hard luck at Sebring.

Melanie Paterson and the Marshall Cooke Racing team had a tough weekend at the first American Le Mans Series of 2003, the Mobil1 12 Hours of Sebring. An engine failure forced the team to withdraw from the race after a mere fifty laps around Sebring International Raceway.

"It was a huge disappointment for everyone," said Melanie. "The car ran well earlier this week, but it had never really had a long run. The Essex Racing crew (which ran the car for Marshall Cooke) have been working really hard getting this car ready for this race. They absolutely worked their hearts out to get us on the track and we were poised to take a podium finish. To have an early retirement was certainly not what we were all expecting."

Melanie was partnered with Ben Devlin and Jason Workman in the #18 Lola B2K/40 LMP 675 powered by a Millington engine. The next race for the team is the newly announced Atlanta Grand Prix, which will be held at Road Atlanta June 27-29.

When asked about the famous Sebring race track, Melanie said she really enjoyed her limited experience. "Sebring is such a great event and it was an honour to be there. It was all new to me and it was an interesting track getting to know the subtleties of the various areas. I think the biggest thing that impressed me were the fans! There were fans from all over the world camping out at the track in anything they could fabricate, just to have a party and watch the race. It is fan support like that that allows us to race in events like this!"

Melanie's corporate partners are technology leader Imation Canada Inc. and Cartech of San Antonio, Texas, a manufacturer of forced induction and high performance automotive components. Melanie's other corporate partners include Maraca Canada, Driving Unlimited, GeoGraphics Motorsports Graphics and Digital North Media.

-www.melaniepaterson.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ben Devlin , Melanie Paterson , Jason Workman