Mid-Ohio: Johnny Mowlem race report

MOWLEM FEELS MOMENTUM GROWING FOR ACEMCO TEAM LIME ROCK, Conn. (May 25, 2005) -- The next race for the American Le Mans Series will be at Lime Rock Park July 1, but ACEMCO Motorsports driver Johnny Mowlem is already excited about...

MOWLEM FEELS MOMENTUM GROWING FOR ACEMCO TEAM

LIME ROCK, Conn. (May 25, 2005) -- The next race for the American Le Mans Series will be at Lime Rock Park July 1, but ACEMCO Motorsports driver Johnny Mowlem is already excited about the team's chances.

Mowlem and co-driver Terry Borcheller pilot the ACEMCO Saleen S7R in the GT1 class of the ALMS.

"The course at Lime Rock is shorter than what we're used to, but it's a track that I think plays to our strengths as a team," Mowlem said. "At Mid-Ohio we had one of our strongest runs since I joined the team in 2004 and I really feel we have some momentum building."

The Mid-Ohio race was the third event of the season for the ALMS racers. The ACEMCO car, with Mowlem driving, led for nearly 40 minutes during the first half of the race. The car eventually finished third in class and on the same lap as the GT1 class winners, giving ACEMCO Motorsports their first podium of 2005.

"One of the more pleasing things for me, was that as a team we went from finishing behind the factory Maserati at the previous race, to beating them fair and square at Mid-Ohio." Said Mowlem. "We mustn't forget that since Sebring they have had virtual all their handicapping restrictions removed and so for us to move forward at a greater pace than them is a big achievement".

The ALMS schedule includes a pause every season to allow teams with invitations to compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans in June. The ACEMCO team does not plan to compete in the famous French race this season, but will take advantage of the break in the schedule with a rigorous testing agenda.

Mowlem and Borcheller as a driving team are third in the GT1 championship standings and Saleen is second among manufacturers in the GT1 class.

"A lot of things came together for us (at Mid-Ohio) and I am very optimistic about our chances at Lime Rock," said Mowlem. "We have gotten stronger in every race this season and the plan to test while some of our GT1 competitors are in France at the Le Mans 24 hours should really help us."

One of Britain's most successful and personable sports car drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. In 2004, he finished fourth in the British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star Award voting for international British racers. A married father of two, Mowlem was raised in Majorca, Spain. He has earned university degrees in economics and Spanish. More information on Mowlem is available at www.johnnymowlem.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem