ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Third in GTS at Laguna Seca Monterey, California - ACEMCO Motorsports driver Johnny Mowlem qualified the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in third position in GTS for round nine of the American Le Mans...
ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Third in GTS at Laguna Seca
Monterey, California - ACEMCO Motorsports driver Johnny Mowlem qualified the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in third position in GTS for round nine of the American Le Mans Series race to be run at Laguna Seca tomorrow.
Johnny ran a lap time of 1:23.244 and an average speed of 97 mph during the qualifying session. "I had a good clean lap until going into the last corner, it should have been in the high twenty-two's, but I lost some time in that corner. It would have been nice to have been a little quicker. The car is handling great today; yesterday I could not have raced this car. The team has worked hard to get the S7-R to where it is now. We still anticipate some minor adjustments to help add more traction to the back of the car, so that we do not have a problem with over-steer during the race."
Co-driver Terry Borcheller is prepared for tomorrow's race. "I am really looking forward to racing on this track under dark skies. During practice last night dust and dirt on the track became a problem. We just have to stay on the track and try to drive through it. Everyone is going to have the same problem. The Saleen should perform well power wise at night due to the cooler temperatures. We are all in the same situation since we have never raced here at night, we just have to get used to it."
"The reliability of the car is good. We had been struggling with our set-up heading into the qualifying session. Johnny did a great job qualifying today. His best qualifying time was on his seventh lap because it took longer for the front tires to come up to temperature," said Jeff Giangrande team owner. "Looking back on this season our highlight was at Lime Rock where we really earned our podium position. Borcheller passed the number three Corvette to finish the race on the same lap. Our low was at Sonoma when we were running in second place and both rear axles on the Saleen broke and ended the race for the team. It was an extremely disappointing weekend."
Unfortunately the Saleen failed the post qualifying stall test. IMSA officials plug the air intakes and the car must stop running. As a result the car will start from the back of the grid tomorrow.
During the qualifying session today Bill Adams from NBC Sports spoke with Johnny Mowlem live on the radio while on pit lane. This will also be a feature on the race telecast on Sunday.
Tomorrow's race at Laguna Seca will be televised on a taped delayed basis on NBC, Sunday October 17th starting at 2:00 p.m. EDT.