MOWLEM, ACEMCO TEAM HEAD FOR LE MANS TEST DATE Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammates are ready for the challenge of the grueling summer time world famous sports car race, the 24 Hours of Le...
MOWLEM, ACEMCO TEAM HEAD FOR LE MANS TEST DATE
Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammates are ready for the challenge of the grueling summer time world famous sports car race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
And Mowlem, one of sports car racing's finest drivers, says their car, the ACEMCO S7R owned by Jeff Giangrande, is ready as well. Mowlem has driven the car a number of times this year prior to it's final shake down session at Florida's Homestead-Miami Speedway. Now the car has been shipped to France for the June 4 test date at Le Mans.
"Jeff has entrusted Jim Bell with the development of the S7R, and he, along with the rest of the ACEMCO crew, have been working all hours to improve a few key areas of the car," Mowlem said. "Although towards the end of last season we had the Prodrive Aston Martin's pretty much covered and were able to take the fight to the factory Corvettes, Le Mans is another kettle of fish entirely."
Mowlem will team with veteran drivers Terry Borcheller and ex-Formula One and Champcar driver Christian Fittipaldi at Le Mans. Borcheller and Mowlem have co-driven the ACEMCO car in the past.
Mowlem said, "From the testing we've done, my instinct tells me that we have made some good steps forward, but only time will tell."
The demanding Le Mans race will be the first outing for the ACEMCO car in 2006, but Mowlem himself has been busy. One of his ACEMCO tests at Homestead was immediately followed by a flight to Paris for an International GT race at the Magny Cours Grand Prix track in France. This was then closely followed last week by racing the ASR Aston Martin DBR9S in the SCCA World GT Challenge Series at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and then a private test session last Thursday in his Grand American road racing machine.
Mowlem said the competition in the GT1 class at Le Mans is the closest the class will see all season. The ACEMCO team will compete against the factory two-car Corvette team that has won the class several years in a row, the factory Aston Martin team, Ferrari and Lamborghini, just to name a few.
"We were under no illusions that we needed to find significant improvements in a number of areas to ensure that we can continue that fight for victory in France," Mowlem said. "From the testing we've done, my instinct tells me that we have made some good steps forward, but only time will tell."
Mowlem's schedule is one of the busiest in all of racing. His 2006 schedule calls for 50 flights across the Atlantic Ocean. Indeed, Mowlem was down to race in the Rolex Sports Car Series race at Watkins Glen, New York on the same weekend he will participate in the Le Mans test date, but fortunately has reached an arrangement with his various employers that allows him to focus one hundred percent on the Le Mans 24 hours. "The Le Mans 24 hours is the pinnacle of sports car racing and arguably one of the most famous motor races in the world. It will be a privilege to be a part of it, and I only hope I can help ACEMCO achieve that all important GT1 victory and add to my podium tally."
One of Britain's most successful and personable sports car drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. He was named the 2005 Reading Sports Personality of the Year, an honor reserved for the top sports performers in his region. A married father of two, Mowlem was raised in Majorca, Spain. He has earned university degrees in economics and Spanish.