Laguna Seca: Archangel race notes

Archangel'S 27 race podium streak ends at Laguna. September 27, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport's 27 race podium streak came to an end at last weekend's Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The highly ...

Archangel'S 27 race podium streak ends at Laguna.

September 27, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport's 27 race podium streak came to an end at last weekend's Monterey Sports Car Championships at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The highly successful sportscar team headed into the race with a remarkable 27 straight podium finishes.

Starting with the 2000 season Archangel has competed in 27 sportscar races, including events in the prestigious American Le Mans Series -- where the team decided to mount a full campaign for the 2002 season. The championship-winning sportscar team earned a podium finish in all 27 -- with 12 first place victories! Unfortunately, this streak came to an end with a 4th in class finish at the Monterey classic.

"It might not seem like it, but this is one of the best races we've had all year -unfortunately though, it was our worst finish position-wise in three years," said team owner Mike Johnson. "The team did a perfect job and the car ran perfectly -- not a single mistake, not a single pit stop mistake, not a single driver mistake, not a single crew mistake. When you try to fight against million-dollar cars -- you do the best you can. We're happier with this 4th place -- having accomplished it perfectly -- than we were with some of our 2nd's and 3rd's where we had a good finish position but made some mistakes or had some failures along the way. We've gone three straight years with nothing less than a podium finish -- 2000, 2001 and 2002. Our podium streak has come to an end -- but we'll get started right away on another one!"

Team regular Ben Devlin shared driving duties in the team's #13 Lola B2K/40 Millington with the ever-popular Andy Lally.

"It was a great race actually," said Ben Devlin. "I'm really very happy with it and with the result because the team worked really well all week. The attitude was great and it just felt really good. We were just a little disappointed that the MG Lola's held together -- but we knew one day they would. Now we know what we've got to work on to get back into it."

"The Archangel car was super today. We had pretty consistent stints just trying to stay clean and let the race come to us," said Andy Lally. "For once all the MG Lola's stayed together and did a good job -- and there's nothing we could do about it. We became the best of the rest -- it was a pleasure."

Additional information on the Archangel organization is available to you at www.archangelmotorsports.com and on Ben Devlin at www.bendevlin.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ben Devlin , Andy Lally , Mike Johnson