Road America: ACEMCO Motorsports qualifying report

ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Fourth in GTS at Road America Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - ACEMCO Motorsports driver Terry Borcheller qualified the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in fourth position in GTS for round seven of the American Le...

ACEMCO Motorsports Qualifies Fourth in GTS at Road America

Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin - ACEMCO Motorsports driver Terry Borcheller qualified the number 63/ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in fourth position in GTS for round seven of the American Le Mans Series race to be run at Road America tomorrow.

The Saleen lost a lot of track time during the test session on Friday and the practice sessions today. Several mechanical gremlins plagued the S7-R. Each time the car returned to the pits the crew worked very hard to correct the problems. On Friday the problems began with the clutch and shifting which were resolved and then migrated to shock and brake issues. During the practice a glitch in the motor affected the drivers lap times along with the persistent brake problems.

Terry ran a lap time of 2:05.138 at a speed of 116 mph after being brought back to the pits twice during the qualifying session because of the brakes. As Terry was in turn five of his first lap he radioed to the team that "the brakes went all the way to the floor" and in the last corner the steering wheel began to vibrate. He was instructed to bring the car in where it was looked at and sent back out. The brakes remained the same so he returned to the pits. Terry was sent out for a final recon lap "we wanted to get ahead of the GT cars for a decent starting position in tomorrows race. I paid attention to where braking was a problem and I pumped them, I drove the lap very careful and cautious. We were happy to get a timed lap."

Teammate Johnny Mowlem brought the Saleen in slow during his stint in practice before qualifying. He heard a slight noise. "I didn't like the sound of it, it was a sound similar to what I heard at Mosport when the tire blew and I didn't want to put the car into the wall." Johnny is looking forward to a good race tomorrow, "I love the circuit! Unfortunately we never saw what we could do during qualifying. It should be a good race with the Viper and we should get on the podium. We need to be quick enough to push the Corvettes. The car handles very good, braking into turn five, through the kink, into Canada corner and left under the bridge."

"In qualifying we were disrupted with an undiagnosed vibration, we think it is brake related. Now we need to get the problem figured out and get ready for race day," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner. "The long straight-aways at Road America should help us out. It is a good track for the Saleen."

The August 22nd race at Road America will be televised live on Speed Channel starting at 2:00 p.m. Eastern Time.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem