Portland: Johnny Mowlem race report

CRASH ENDS ACEMCO'S FINE EFFORT AT PORTLAND PORTLAND, Ore. (July 30, 2005) -- Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammate; Terry Borcheller, crashed out of the Portland Grand Prix American Le Mans Series at Portland International Raceway...

CRASH ENDS ACEMCO'S FINE EFFORT AT PORTLAND

PORTLAND, Ore. (July 30, 2005) -- Johnny Mowlem and his ACEMCO Motorsports teammate; Terry Borcheller, crashed out of the Portland Grand Prix American Le Mans Series at Portland International Raceway in an accident that was not of their own making.

At Portland the ACEMCO team had continued the progress that was evident at Sears Point, with their Saleen S7R being mere 100ths behind the two factory C6 Corvettes in both of Saturday's official practice sessions.

Borcheller took the race start and moved into an immediate lead, holding off the GM Corvettes for the first 27 laps. Both factory Corvettes eventually got past, but team principal Jeff Giangrande still believed that they were in real contention for the win and was looking forward to an even closer fight at the end of the race.

Mowlem agreed and said, "It's a shame how it all ended.Terry drove superbly at the start and despite dropping back slightly, we were still in the hunt and I believe our tyre strategy later in the race could have given the GM boys a scare!"

"Unfortunately we'll never know, as JJ Lehto's Audi R8 suddenly lost it's rear bodywork right in Terry's path at 160mph, retiring us on the spot. Fortunately both of them were ok."

The next round of the ALMS continues at Road America on 21st August and if the ACEMCO team continue the significant progress they have made in the last two races in particular, they should certainly be in a strong position to again challenge for the GT1 victory.

-jm/le-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem , JJ Lehto