MOWLEM READY TO CHARGE IN ALMS RACE AT ROAD ATLANTA BRASELTON, Ga. (April 11, 2005) -- When Johnny Mowlem arrives at Georgia's famed Road Atlanta racetrack for the April 17 Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta, the...
MOWLEM READY TO CHARGE IN ALMS RACE AT ROAD ATLANTA
BRASELTON, Ga. (April 11, 2005) -- When Johnny Mowlem arrives at Georgia's famed Road Atlanta racetrack for the April 17 Sportsbook.com Grand Prix of Atlanta, the popular driver will be a man on a mission.
Mowlem, who co-drives the ACEMCO Saleen S7R along with Terry Borcheller in the GT1 class of the American Le Mans Series, has had the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course on his mind since the final minutes of the season opener at Sebring, Fla., last month.
"I'm just looking forward to getting back out there again and making up for missing out on the podium finish in the last 20 minutes at Sebring," Mowlem said. "The best way to do that is to get on to the podium at Road Atlanta."
The GT1 class is among the most competitive classes in the ALMS. It pits production-based sports cars against each other in the race for bragging rights. The Saleen was in position to finish third in the class standings at Sebring before a mechanical failure ended the race for the ACEMCO team shortly before the end of the 12-hour race.
The Road Atlanta event will be much shorter, a timed event lasting two hours, 45 minutes. The ACEMCO team's approach will have to be much different from the one they had for the Sebring contest. For one thing, Mowlem and Borcheller will handle all the driving duties. Ralf Kelleners, who joined the team at Sebring, will not be in the driving pattern at Road Atlanta.
"It will be no easy task, but we're looking to bounce back strongly and make sure we fight long and hard for every position," Mowlem said. "It will be just me and Terry again, but we are really gelling together now and this should help us take the fight to the Corvette and Maserati teams."
The race is scheduled to start at noon, United States Eastern Time. The event joined in progress at 1 p.m. Eastern and will be carried to its conclusion live on the CBS network in the US and will be carried live by Motors TV across Europe.
One of Britain's most successful and personable sportscar drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. In 2003, he finished fourth in the British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star Award voting for international British racers. A married father of two, Mowlem was raised in Majorca, Spain. He has earned university degrees in economics and Spanish. More information on Mowlem is available at www.johnnymowlem.com.