Sears Point: Johnny Mowlem Saturday report

ACEMCO Racing Qualifies Fourth in GTS at Infineon Sonoma, California - ACEMCO Motorsports driver Johnny Mowlem qualified with the number 63 ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in fourth position in the GTS class for round four of the American Le...

ACEMCO Racing Qualifies Fourth in GTS at Infineon

Sonoma, California - ACEMCO Motorsports driver Johnny Mowlem qualified with the number 63 ACEMCO Motorsports/Saleen S7-R in fourth position in the GTS class for round four of the American Le Mans Series race to be run at Infineon Raceway tomorrow.

Following a difficult practice on Thursday where the team had a clutch problem costing them valuable track time. The ACEMCO crew rebounded today and was able to get through the practice program in time to set-up the car for qualifying.

The ALMS instituted a new qualifying procedure, the teams get four laps total, two timed to turn their fastest lap. This is new for the series for this race only.

Johnny Mowlem was elected to qualify the car and posted a time of 1:31.276 at a speed of 100 mph. "We can't make up for lost time on the track. We didn't have as good of a car as we did at Lime Rock. I don't think the new qualifying procedure really helped or hindered our effort today, but mechanical gremlins happen. The team is working very hard, Terry and I will race just as hard from the tenth row tomorrow."

Teammate Terry Borcheller lost a lot of time on the track due to a hydraulic fluid leak above the foot pedals, which caused his feet to slip off the pedal. He brought the car back to the pits and a steering rack change was done immediately before Johnny jumped in the car to qualify. "Losing the first day really hurt us because I am still not on the track yet, I love this track and I have a lot of time here. With the problems we have been having I am not comfortable with the set-up. I haven't had the opportunity to get the best out of the car yet. I'll be fine for the race after I take some warm-up laps. If we had the race right now I would be fine."

"We are very disappointed that we weren't closer to the Corvettes. The two GM cars that went out posted their fastest time on the first lap. They have a real advantage on their tire. We have a lot more work to do and Pirelli has a lot more work to do," said Jeff Giangrande, team owner.

The July 18th race at Infineon Raceway will be televised live on CBS starting at 3:00 p.m. Eastern.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Terry Borcheller , Johnny Mowlem