July 5, 2002 Scottsdale, AZ -- KnightHawk Racing and Archangel Motorsport have decided to concentrate separately on their respective racing efforts and have moved past their combined working relationship. Archangel team owner Mike Johnson and ...
July 5, 2002 Scottsdale, AZ -- KnightHawk Racing and Archangel Motorsport have decided to concentrate separately on their respective racing efforts and have moved past their combined working relationship.
Archangel team owner Mike Johnson and several of his crew were hired in February to round out the KnightHawk team already in place. At that time, Archangel was planning on continuing its success in the Rolex Sports Car Series, while KnightHawk was going to do the same in the American Le Mans Series.
Archangel's plans changed when they lost a driver and friend Jeff Clinton at this year's Rolex race in Miami -- which put and end to their Rolex plans. In order to stay in business they needed to build a new effort. Along came England's Marshall Cook Enterprises and driver Ben Devlin -- who hired Archangel to field their ALMS effort. At the Sears Point ALMS in May, both the Archangel and KnightHawk team entered the LMP 675 class.
Although the joint effort delivered a first, two seconds and a third place finish for both teams in two ALMS events, competing in the same class -- while economically attractive -- caused both teams to receive less than a 100% effort. The separating of the two organizations will allow each team to focus 100% on their own efforts -- as they now can, starting with this weekend's ALMS event at Road America.
"After the tragedy at Homestead-Miami, we needed to find new opportunities to stay viable," said Archangel's Mike Johnson. "Ben Devlin and Marshall Cook came along and we already had a great relationship with them. They wanted to run in the ALMS so we changed the Archangel effort to run there. Trying to run two different cars, in the same class -- and in the same series with one small core group of guys was a lot of work. We needed to change to give both teams equal effort."
"We knew when we first formed the relationship that it might prove challenging," said KnightHawk's Mel Hawkins. "When we began racing together in the same class, in the same series, it just became problematic. I'd like to thank Mike and the Archangel crew for giving it their best effort."
"We enjoyed our time working with Archangel's crew," said KnightHawk's Steve Knight. "They're a first class organization and we wish them the best for the rest of the season."
Additional information on the Archangel organization is available to you at www.archangelmotorsports.com and on KnightHawk Racing at www.knighthawkracing.com