Archangel repeats win at Road America. July 11, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport has won their second Road America event in as many visits with an LMP 675 class win at the Road America 500 in Elkhart Lake. Throttle-jockeys Ben ...
Archangel repeats win at Road America.
July 11, 2002 Road Atlanta, GA -- Archangel Motorsport has won their second Road America event in as many visits with an LMP 675 class win at the Road America 500 in Elkhart Lake.
Throttle-jockeys Ben Devlin, Larry Oberto and Peter MacLeod, saddled in the team's #13 Marshall Cook Millington-powered Lola B2K/40, skillfully ran a trouble-free race that saw most, if not all, of their competitors plagued with all sorts of problems.
With the ambient temperature hovering at 92F Devlin started the 125 lapper 16th on the grid -- the position that he secured during Saturday's Qualifying Session. Forty-three minutes later he held the class lead -- which he kept until he brought the car onto pit lane. When coming in, the car stalled on the way in after running out of fuel coming up the hill to the pits.
MacLeod took over the reigns after picking up tires and fuel and ran a smooth stint until the car reached the 50-lap mark. Oberto took over at that point with a full tank and a new set of rubber. Oberto delivered the longest driver stint so far -- eventually handing the car over to race-starter Devlin after a near-perfect 77 minute ride. When Devlin took the car back onto the track the Archangel team was holding steady at second in class.
At 400 miles into the 500-miler Devlin had once again grabbed first in class and kept it -- crossing the finish line after completing 103 laps and delivering the Road Atlanta based team their second straight Road America class win and a hard earned 10th overall.
"It was great -- such a great feeling to be back on top of the podium again," said Ben Devlin. "Three podiums in three straight races is a wonderful feeling - you can't ask for much more than that. Archangel has once again done a great job. They were up until past midnight last night working on the car and on some trouble with a manifold that had a small crack. They put so much into the effort this week that it's gone great and paid off. We know we're not as quick as the MG Lola's yet -- but we're still developing this motor. We're going to go back from here and do some more testing; hopefully we can get a little closer to them time-wise at D.C. We hear a lot about reliability -- and that's what it's all about in these long endurance races and the reliability of the Millington motor has paid off. This is a repeat win for us -- exactly one year ago this Monday we won here at Road America with Larry Oberto. So it's nice at two and two! Larry and Peter were great teammates -- I'd drive with them again any day!"
"Last year I flew back from Europe specifically to race here at Road America with Ben," said Larry Oberto. "We were victorious then and here we are again in the winner's circle. It's beginning to become a habit -- a good habit too. I might have to stick around. The Archangel Team and Ben and Peter are proving to be a great combination for me. I like being here with them. Peter did a fantastic job for it being his first time in a prototype. He adapted very quickly and had a really good feel for exactly what the car was doing and he helped a lot with the set-up."
"This win was incredible," said Peter MacLeod. "I came into this weekend knowing it would be an uphill battle to pull off a win in the ALMS 675 class. The Archangel team provided a trouble-free race platform with the Millington Lola and Ben and Larry's performance was flawless. I could not have asked for a better weekend in my first prototype outing!"
"We don't have the fastest car," said a very happy team owner Mike Johnson. "But the drivers work really hard, the team works really hard and they keep going. This was our second win in a row here, and our second win in the ALMS. We're the first two-time winner of the class this season. The race was a lot hotter this time around! The biggest problem we had today was that we had changed pretty much everything from the manifold to the end of the exhaust pipe last night -- or had to re-weld it, fix it, make a new one or find a new one. We had no idea if the engine was even going to run this morning. We didn't have a map on it -- I mean it was just--just--going. The guys worked very hard and the thing lasted the race. It was hard and it was hot. Our car still has a way to go -- and we're just going to keep on chugging on it each and every weekend."
Additional information on the Archangel organization is available to you at www.archangelmotorsports.com and on Ben Devlin at www.bendevlin.com.