ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Third in GT1 at Infineon Sonoma, California -- ACEMCO Motorsports finished round five of the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma in third place in GT1 today. Johnny Mowlem started the two-hour-forty-five ...
ACEMCO Motorsports Finishes Third in GT1 at Infineon
Sonoma, California -- ACEMCO Motorsports finished round five of the American Le Mans Series Grand Prix of Sonoma in third place in GT1 today.
Johnny Mowlem started the two-hour-forty-five minute race from his third place qualifying position. Mowlem was able to run competitive lap times to keep the car in contention. Handing over to teammate Terry Borcheller on lap 45 the crew was able to help maintain the cars track position with quality pit work.
As the race played out, Borcheller pitted for the last time on lap 63 for 23-seconds of fuel and tires. As the pit stops shuffled the GT1 field the number 63 Saleen S7-R ran as high as second place. "The car was a little loose in the rear when I took over," said Borcheller. "Maybe it was because of the track heating up. Jim Bell made an air pressure change and the car came right back to me. I believe I was lapping faster than the Corvette I was pursuing in my last stint. I had some contact with the Dyson car that seemed unnecessary. All in all this has been a positive weekend, we are close, so I am hoping for more good things at Portland."
"I had a good start and was able to run in the foot steps of the Corvettes," said Mowlem. "I was struggling with rear grip pretty early on and just had to get it to the pit stop competitively when we could get new rubber. I had a clean run and the team has made a lot of progress. The handling of the car this weekend is the best it has been all season. I hope we can keep making positive strides."
"The team has come together this weekend," said team owner Jeff Giangrande. "We have a car that the drivers can wheel aggressively; we need that confidence when chasing the tough Corvette team. I am disappointed as our car seems to have a bulls-eye on every side and corner. We had unnecessary contact with the Audi in the practice session prior to qualifying and with the Dyson car today. This is not the first time this has happened. I hope we can remedy this situation because it is unprofessional and is getting out of hand."
The team travel directly to Portland International Raceway for round six of the American Le Mans Series to be run on July 30th.