ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Fifth at Laguna Monterey, Calif. -- ACEMCO Motorsports drivers Terry Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem were forced to rely on brute strength to finish fifth today in the final round of the American Le Mans Series that was...
ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Fifth at Laguna
Monterey, Calif. -- ACEMCO Motorsports drivers Terry Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem were forced to rely on brute strength to finish fifth today in the final round of the American Le Mans Series that was run at Laguna Seca.
Terry Borcheller started the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R from the GT1 pole position. He was able to lead the first six laps until power steering failure sent him off the track in turn nine. He was able to return to the track and then come in for repairs under caution. The repair did not last very long, again the Georgia resident had to drive without the aid of power steering.
Despite the steering issue, the duo of Borcheller and Mowlem remarkably kept the silver car in the fight all race long. The car was consistently battling for a podium position throughout the four-hour event. On lap 158, just 20-minutes shy of the finish, Mowlem was hit by a GT2 car and the result was a broken shock, ending the teams day on lap 154.
"I had the power steering go off early," said Borcheller. "To feel what it is like to drive, just coast into your driveway and turnoff the key and try to steer your car. It was hard on the arms, but the adrenilen from the battle kept us going. If we didn't have that issue, we had a podium car and a possible winning car."
"The car was difficult to drive once I got in. The front splitter was broken and that created more push and made the car even more difficult to drive. Regardless we were determined to fight right up to the end. The 78 car just came across and hit me in the left front and broke the damper. We were all set for a podium before we were hit."
"I am proud of Johnny and Terry," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "The car had no power steering for 95% of the race and they just kept going. The guys did their stints and made the best of the situation. Their times were competitive and we were a factor in the race right up until we got knocked out with a broken shock."
The team will walk across the stage at tomorrow evening awards banquet to collect honors for third place in the GT1 championship.