Laguna Seca: Corsa Motorsports preview

SEASON FINALE AT LAGUNA SECA SIGNALS REBIRTH FOR CORSA MOTORSPORTS; LMP1 Program Taking Shape for 2009 SALINAS, CA (October 16, 2008) -- While some American Le Mans Series teams are fighting for championship points to finish out the 2008 season,...

SEASON FINALE AT LAGUNA SECA SIGNALS REBIRTH FOR CORSA MOTORSPORTS; LMP1 Program Taking Shape for 2009

SALINAS, CA (October 16, 2008) -- While some American Le Mans Series teams are fighting for championship points to finish out the 2008 season, Corsa Motorsports is already looking ahead to 2009 and the possibilities it may hold for the Salt Lake City-based sports car racing team. The team will take its Zytek 07S to the grid this weekend and make its second start in Le Mans Prototype 1 after fielding a Ferrari 430GT in three races the first half of the season.

"This weekend is all about preparing for next year," explains Steve Pruitt, team owner and principal. "We are encouraged by what we saw early in the race at Petit Le Mans and feel like we are making the right steps in order to put a competitive team together for next season."

Two weeks ago at Road Atlanta, Johnny Mowlem wheeled the No. 48 to second in class in the first hour of the race. Stefan Johansson held the position until experiencing a suspension failure that resulted in the car wrecking at Turn 12, leaving the Zytek upright in a tire barrier.

Johansson will be on hand this weekend at Laguna Seca to share the cockpit with Mowlem and Gunnar Jeannette.

"Our LMP1 program is in the active development stage and we feel like Stefan's experience as an F1 driver as well as his previous experience with Zytek is crucial as we move forward," says Pruitt. He has been able to provide the engineers with instant feedback that has been really helpful thus far and we are excited he has agreed to drive for us here at Laguna Seca."

Corsa Motorsports will have the first opportunity to use Zytek's newly developed 4.5-liter engine this weekend which is the engine around which the hybrid powered system was designed, which takes it a step closer to integrating the full hybrid technology expected to debut at Sebring in 2009.

Plans call for the car to be powered through the combination of an ethanol-fueled internal combustion engine and a three-phase electric motor. The electric motor is a direct drive Zytek proprietary design powered by an on-board lithium-ion energy storage system with a KERS (kinetic energy recovery) supplemental regeneration system.

-credit: cr

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Series ALMS
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Gunnar Jeannette , Johnny Mowlem