AutoCon Motorsports To Return To American Le Mans Series With LMP1 Entry Braselton, GA - AutoCon Motorsports will return to the American Le Mans Series with an entry in the sports car racing series' top Prototype class for the final two races of...
AutoCon Motorsports To Return To American Le Mans Series With LMP1 Entry
Braselton, GA - AutoCon Motorsports will return to the American Le Mans Series with an entry in the sports car racing series' top Prototype class for the final two races of the 2004 season, the team has announced.
Californians Michael Lewis and Tomy Drissi will drive the team's Riley & Scott MkIIIC, with a new engine package from Elan Motorsport Technologies, in the Sep. 22-25 Chevy presents Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta and the season-ending Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca in Monterey, Calif., Oct. 14-16.
"We are definitely thrilled to be back in the ALMS," said Lewis, part of the team's ownership group. "We are very excited to finally be able to get our new package on track. The addition of the Elan engine in combination with the outstanding Riley & Scott MkIIIC chassis will definitely be a big improvement. And while we won't be able to do any pre-event testing, our sights are definitely set on a podium finish."
Lewis and Drissi ran the full American Le Mans Series season in 2003 for American Spirit Racing. For the 2004 season, the nucleus of the team remained intact at its San Diego-area base as American Spirit Racing went in a different direction and AutoCon took over the operation of the team.
The team competed in the season-opening Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, finishing sixth in the LMP1 class, but has not competed since. Lewis and Drissi, however, have remained active as drivers, competing in the Motorock Trans-Am Series. Drissi is fifth in the series standings with two events remaining. AutoCon Motorsports has been a Trans-Am team for the past six years.
Lewis said that the team will add a third driver for the Road Atlanta event and hoped to announce the driver soon.
"I know there will be a host of strong cars in LMP, particularly with two Audis, but our dependability and increased performance potential will definitely put us in the mix," said Lewis. "We may not be up front in the first couple hours but look for us later in the race.
"Having finished all three of the endurance races we've ever participated in is a real testimony to the teams preparation and execution," he said. "I'm actually a bit worried that the law of averages is due to catch up with us."
Chevy presents Petit Le Mans is one of two long-distance endurance races on the American Le Mans Series schedule, covering 1,000 miles or 10 hours, whichever comes first on the 2.54-mile Road Atlanta circuit. The race starts at 12 noon (Eastern) on Saturday, Sept. 25.
Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca has hosted races for the ALMS every year since the formation of the series in 1999 but will for the first time in its long history conduct a race that goes into darkness with a four-hour ALMS event on Saturday, Oct. 16. The Fry's Electronics Sports Car Championships event starts at 4 p.m. (Pacific) on the 2.238-mile circuit.
Ticket information for both events is available online at www.americanlemans.com.