New team, driver to debut at Mid-Ohio

New Race Team and Young Driver To Make First American Le Mans Series Start at Mid-Ohio BRASELTON, Ga. (June 17, 2004) -- A new race team and a young aspiring racing driver from Georgia will make their first appearances in the American Le Mans...

New Race Team and Young Driver To Make First American Le Mans Series Start at Mid-Ohio

BRASELTON, Ga. (June 17, 2004) -- A new race team and a young aspiring racing driver from Georgia will make their first appearances in the American Le Mans Series when the professional sports car racing series competes at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course in Lexington, Ohio, June 25-27.

The event will mark the debut of a new Georgia-based racing team known as Race Car Company, formed by James Cooke of England and Jason Dunken of Nicholson, Ga. The team will field a Lola B2K/40-Millington Prototype in the LMP2 class of the ALMS. Driving will be 20-year-old Ryan Eversley of Winder, Ga.

The drive at Mid-Ohio is a payback of sorts from Cooke to Eversley, who as a mechanic helped prepare the cars that Cooke and partner Dennis Marshall fielded in the full ALMS season in 2002 with Archangel Motorsports.

Eversley has raced open-wheel cars in the past and spent the 2003 driving a Nissan Sentra in the Grand-Am Cup Series with Archangel Motorsports owner Mike Johnson. In addition, Eversley worked as a mechanic for the former JML Team Panoz in the ALMS last season. He tested the Lola recently at a South Carolina road racing track.

"Ryan comes highly recommended to me by Mike Johnson," said Cooke. "He has been around the game long enough now to know we are looking for a mature, level-headed driver who will not only be on the pace but will also look after the car."

Eversley's co-driver for the event at Mid-Ohio has not been announced. Cooke said that Race Car Company has two Lola chassis and hopes to enter two cars in selected ALMS races later this season.

The Mid-Ohio event on Sunday, June 27, will be televised live by CBS beginning at 2 p.m. (Eastern).

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Series ALMS
Drivers Mike Johnson , Ryan Eversley