Mid-Ohio: Archangel race summary

Archangel's second ALMS event nets team their second podium. July 2, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport is two-for-two with their second podium finish at their second American Le Mans Series event -- last weekend's Grand Prix of ...

Archangel's second ALMS event nets team their second podium.

July 2, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport is two-for-two with their second podium finish at their second American Le Mans Series event -- last weekend's Grand Prix of Mid-Ohio at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course in Lexington, Ohio.

With their 2nd in class victory at Mid-Ohio, and their class win at Sears Point, it seems that Archangel's move to the ALMS has been very wise and fruitful. Back-to-back wins are no stranger to Archangel -- the two-time back-to-back Rolex SRPII Champions.

The team's #13 Marshall Cooke/TAC LMP 675, with Ben Devlin and Brett Arsenault sharing stints, took the black and white flag 2nd in class and 14th overall in a hotly contested competition in the 675 class with both Bucknum Racing and KnightHawk Racing.

Devlin started the race in the Lola B2K/40, with the new Marshall Cook powerplant, and ran for 53 minutes before turning over the reigns to teammate Arsenault. Together, Devlin was able to secure a 1st in class position and Arsenault was maintaining it. At 53 minutes into Arsenault's stint an off-course excursion into the gravel at turn 11 dashed the team's hopes of a 1st in class result and relinquished the lead to the Bucknum team. At 3:58pm EST Devlin once again got behind the wheel and fought valiantly for the remainder of the race to regain the lead -- almost doing it -- but finishing second.

"We had a one-lap lead, everything was perfect, the motor was running great", said team owner Mike Johnson. "Then a little driver error and unfortunately we got stuck in the gravel. By the time we got out of that we were down too much to regain the lead before the race ended. We're obviously happy with the result though -- we'll take a second place any day."

"It was a great race. It's nice to have a race where you're neck to neck, says Ben Devlin. "I like it when the pressures on, like the pressure from KnightHawk right behind us. But I just tried to keep my head and drive through it -- I just kept consistent -- that's what we needed to do. They managed to get stuck in some traffic -- and we made it good through the traffic -- and that's what this racing's about. It was great!"

"The crew did a great job on the car," said Devlin teammate Brett Arsenault. "It was really hot today and we were a little worried about the heat. Unfortunately, I made a driving mistake that ended up costing us the lead. My hat's off to my teammate Ben for fighting so hard for position at the end of the race and for delivering our second place finish."

"We're very pleased with the way the car ran. The engine went great. The cooling was good, said James Cook, co-owner of Marshall Cook and developer of the team's engine. "We've still got room for improvement in the cooler -- so we have more power yet to come from the engine. It was very impressive. A second place the second time out -- you can't be unhappy with that."

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 , Mike Johnson