ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Third in GTS at Laguna Seca Monterey, California -- ACEMCO Motorsports finished third from the rear of the grid in the final round of the American Le Mans Series race today at Laguna Seca. The Saleen started from...
ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Third in GTS at Laguna Seca
Monterey, California -- ACEMCO Motorsports finished third from the rear of the grid in the final round of the American Le Mans Series race today at Laguna Seca.
The Saleen started from the last spot on the grid due to a failed post qualifying stall test. A broken temperature sensor in the airbox was the culprit. The engineers do compensations to protect the engine, so when the sensor broke the engine actually ran leaner. In addition the ignition timing was retarded as well. When faced with both these conditions it deteriorated the performance and failed post tech.
Johnny Mowlem drove the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R very smart from the drop of the green flag. "I was very careful from the start. I took no risks and quickly caught up to the Viper, which I followed for a few laps before I past him. I then got into a rhythm and ran my laps in the low to high twenty-fours. My first stint was carefree. But when I got behind the wheel for my second and final stint it started raining very heavy and I was on slicks. We pitted under a yellow flag and put the rain tires on. Then I lost all visibility, I couldn't see out of the windshield. I had to follow the Porsche tail lights in front of me and fortunately he had no troubles."
Teammate Terry Borcheller took over one-hour two-minutes into the race and drove both his stints consecutively, for a total of two-hours and three-minutes. "I had no problems, the Saleen ran perfectly today. My stints were trouble-free, the pit stops were great and it was a good race. Since I ran my stints in a row, the night time transition was not a problem. It was great to drive here at night and have a trouble free race."
"I am happy with the way the S7-R ran today. We had a good race," said owner Jeff Giangrande. "Johnny sliced through the field during the beginning of his first run, past the Viper to put us in third position. Which is where we were able to remain to take the podium. We had a nice trouble free run. The team didn't get down after being disallowed in qualifying."
The race will be televised tomorrow, Sunday, at 2:00 p.m. EDT.