Mid-Ohio: Johnny Mowlem race report

Johnny Mowlem third at Mid-Ohio MANSFIELD, Ohio (June 28, 2004) -- Johnny Mowlem overcame aerodynamic problems caused by an on-track incident to finish third in the GTS class and eighth over all in the American Le Mans Series race at the...

Johnny Mowlem third at Mid-Ohio

MANSFIELD, Ohio (June 28, 2004) -- Johnny Mowlem overcame aerodynamic problems caused by an on-track incident to finish third in the GTS class and eighth over all in the American Le Mans Series race at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course.

Mowlem, driving the ACEMCO Saleen S7R, slid off course after a collision with a Corvette and watched as his Saleen's hood flew off the car after returning to the track. The incident left the Saleen with serious aerodynamic problems.

Still, Mowlem was able catch and pass David Brabham's Lamborghini to retake the third spot in class and eighth overall with three minutes remaining in the race.

"I had 30 minutes at the end to catch up 35 seconds on the Lamborghini," said Mowlem. "I caught and passed him on the second-to-last-lap to take third."

Mowlem said the key to catching Brabham was a solid pit stop performance by the ACEMCO team.

"The pit stop was excellent," Mowlem said. "We were able to double-stint the (Pirelli) tires and saved time by not changing tires during the last stop, that was a great call by the team, and the tires lasted!" The two-hour, 45-minute race was the second of the 2004 season for the ALMS competitors. Mowlem and co-driver Terry Borcheller have finished third in the GTS class in both races.

One of Britain's most successful and personable sportscar drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. In 2003, he finished fourth in the British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star Award, a ranking of all British racers competing in international series, including Formula One. 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 David Brabham , Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem