Portland: ACEMCO Motorsports preview

ACEMCO in Route to Portland Oregon Spring Lake, Mich. - ACEMCO Motorsports is headed to Oregon for round five of the American Le Mans Series race at Portland Raceway to be run on July 25th. Terry Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem, drivers of the...

ACEMCO in Route to Portland Oregon

Spring Lake, Mich. - ACEMCO Motorsports is headed to Oregon for round five of the American Le Mans Series race at Portland Raceway to be run on July 25th.

Terry Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem, drivers of the number 63 ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R, are currently third in the ALMS GTS standings with 45 points.

The number 63 ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R was in second place at Sonoma, California's Infineon Raceway after one-hour-thirty-eight minutes of racing until the two rear axles snapped in half, prematurely ending the day for the team.

The team faced a lot of disappointment last weekend and they are looking forward to the next race in only five days. "I am hoping for better luck in Portland than we had in Sonoma, the team worked really hard when we missed the practice with the gearbox and then the fuel cell change, both very difficult and time consuming fixes," said Johnny Mowlem. "I have raced at Portland one time in past and finished fourth in a GT car; it is flat and pretty fast. Weather could also be an issue for us at Portland, they receive a lot of rain in that part of the country and this could be very tough going for us."

Terry Borcheller also has concerns about the upcoming race. "I am not real confident going to Portland with the level of grip that our car has at the moment. The last turn that leads onto the long front straight is very fast and you have to have a complete car with a good set-up and the tire to hold the road to get you through the turn and maximize your speed down the straight. I would feel better with new tires from Pirelli."

"We are ready for a fresh race weekend," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "The team worked too hard at Infineon for no reward. It seemed that at every turn we had a big problem; it really tested the resolve of our crew. We are all glad that the next race weekend starts only five days after Infineon."

The July 25th race at Portland Raceway will be televised live on Speed Channel starting at 4:00 p.m. Eastern.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem