Portland: ACEMCO Motorsports preview

ACEMCO Motorsports to Portland Closer Than Ever Spring Lake, Michigan -- ACEMCO Motorsports heads to Portland with an upbeat team and a car that is closer to the front of the GT1 field than ever before. Portland International Raceway will host...

ACEMCO Motorsports to Portland Closer Than Ever

Spring Lake, Michigan -- ACEMCO Motorsports heads to Portland with an upbeat team and a car that is closer to the front of the GT1 field than ever before. Portland International Raceway will host round six of the American Le Mans Series to be run on Saturday, July 30th at 5:00 p.m. (8:00 p.m. EST).

The team's last event at Infineon Raceway witnessed a rejuvenated squad that saw the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R driven by Johnny Mowlem and Terry Borcheller qualify within 3/10ths of the Corvettes and was in contention all race.

"Obviously after Sears we're on a little bit of a high, but we all still recognize that's it going to be hard work to keep moving forward as much as we did in Sonoma," said Mowlem. "Portland traditionally has low grip, an abrasive surface, and is the complete opposite type of track to Sears Point where there are no real high speed corners or transitions. It's a circuit where you tend to have to really work on traction in terms of achieving a good lap time."

"I am looking forward to carrying the momentum forward to Portland," said Borcheller. "The work on the car in many aspects have seemed to come together, the whole team is excited. We need to keep our focus, we are closer to the Corvettes but still have a ways to go. The Portland layout is not as inspiring as Infineon, but it demands a lot of attention. The track is notorious for not having very much grip. Turn one has changed, so hopefully there will be less contact there this year."

"We made some strides with the car at Infineon," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "The mood of the team had really transformed from Lime Rock and Mid-Ohio. Terry and Johnny thought they could really drive the car. When the effort of the crew translates into faster lap times, it seems to put a spring in every ones step. When you have the whole unit pulling in the same direction it is amazing what can happen. We are closer, but not there yet. We still need to maximize the bigger restrictor we have and we will have that done where it will really payoff -- at Road America in four weeks."

Terry Borcheller will be the subject of the American Le Mans Series web chat Monday, July 25th starting at approximately 5:00 p.m. EST at www.americanlemans.com.

The ALMS race from Portland will be televised live on the Speed Channel starting at 8:00 p.m. EST on Saturday, July 30th.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem