Devlin now 2nd in driver's points with Archangel's DC result. July 26, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport scored their fourth podium in as many races as the Ben Devlin / Will Langhorne driven LMP 675 effort crossed the finish line 3rd...
Devlin now 2nd in driver's points with Archangel's DC result.
July 26, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport scored their fourth podium in as many races as the Ben Devlin / Will Langhorne driven LMP 675 effort crossed the finish line 3rd in class at the Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, DC.
The podium finish moved Devlin to the 2nd spot in the American Le Mans Series LMP 675 Driver's Championship, which is quite remarkable considering that the team missed Sebring -- the first race of the ALMS season. Ben Devlin and DC's own Will Langhorne skillfully drove the team's #13 Millington-powered Lola B2K/40 for a total of 112 laps in the 2-hour and 45-minute race.
This is the team's 4th podium appearance in their 4th ALMS event of the 2002 season. Archangel fans will remember that the team made the jump to the ALMS after earning back-to-back SRPII championships, 2000 & 2001, in the Rolex Sportscar Series.
After competing at Road America, the team had four options to increase the power and reliability of their Millington powerplant -- add an air-to-air intercooler, rebuild the exhaust and turbo layout, add a heat exchanger or try and remove some weight. With only seven days between races at their home base at Road Atlanta, the crew decided to accomplish all four in a flat-out effort to start qualifying toward the front of the grid. It turned out to be a successful decision as the 20 degree Celsius drop in charge temperatures added close to 60hp and the team was also able to eliminate another 20 kilos in weight. The heat exchanger and new turbo layout was giving the team maximum boost for the first time through the entire power run.
"The team worked very hard this week to get the new inter-cooler system put in," said team owner Mike Johnson. "The car we showed up with has so much power -- it's just fantastic. But, it was building up so much heat that it started melting stuff inside and it took us a couple of days to fine tune it. The first time we've ever run it with this much power was at this race. We had a little fire on Saturday and the crew stayed up the entire night -- they were up for 40-something hours to get it all ready -- and it all paid off. We had a little problem at the beginning of the race that took us a couple of tries to get it right -- but we fixed it and the car ran flawlessly after that. We're all very happy that this race put Ben into 2nd place in the Driver's Points and we're not giving up. We've had the reliability -- and now we've got the speed - so now we've got a car that we can start to really work with and play with come Trois-Rivieres and Mosport."
"I had a fantastic start -- I really couldn't have asked for a better one," said Ben Devlin. "I was fortunate to get a real good move right at the start that put us in the top ten before the first turn. The times were going really well. We had a few minor problems during the beginning of the race -- but as always the crew solved them quickly. Everything was great from then on. We just kept the pace up and kept picking up time and picking up places. Will was great to drive with -- he's very confident and gives really good feedback on the car as well."
"Archangel Motorsport did a fantastic job this past weekend," said Grill2Go sponsored DC resident Will Langhorne. "Thanks to everyone on the team for their 110% commitment. My teammate Ben drove a great race. The race threw us some challenges but the team adapted really well. The Grand Prix seemed to be a very big success for the city - I think we can expect big things from this Grand Prix in the coming years."
Langhorne will also be racing for Grill2Go in the Indy Racing League events in Kentucky, Chicago and Texas. For more information on Langhorne, please visit www.hire-speed.com.
Additional information on the Archangel organization is available to you at www.archangelmotorsports.com and on Ben Devlin at www.bendevlin.com.