Sebring: Johnny Mowlem preview

MOWLEM SEEKING SEBRING VICTORY IN FERRARI SEBRING, Fla. (March 12, 2007) -- Johnny Mowlem will continue his bid to master the world's most prestigious sports car events this weekend when practice begins for the 2007...

MOWLEM SEEKING SEBRING VICTORY IN FERRARI

SEBRING, Fla. (March 12, 2007) -- Johnny Mowlem will continue his bid to master the world's most prestigious sports car events this weekend when practice begins for the 2007 edition of the Mobile 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring.

Mowlem has finished second in his class twice before in the American endurance classic. This year, driving a Ferrari 430 GT Berlinetta with Mika Salo and Jamie Melo for the Risi Competizione team, Mowlem will be racing in the GT2 class for production-based sports cars.

Mowlem was a class winner the last time he drove for Risi Competizione, in GT2 at Mosport in 2006, and has said this year's race might be his best chance yet to win at Sebring. Mowlem has finished second in the GT class twice at Sebring (2000 and 2003), finished third in GT1 once (2004 in GT1) and was fourth two years ago (in GT1), so he has the experience, ability and race craft to manage a car from lap to lap and stint to stint and get it to the finish.

A former GT champion in the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Mowlem has set his sights on winning all of the great sports car races in the world. He has finished second in class in the 24 Hours of Le Mans and will again drive for the Risi Competizione Ferrari team there this summer.

Portions of the Sebring race will be broadcast in the United States by SPEED. Other networks will carry the event internationally. Coverage begins at 9:30 a.m., Eastern Time. The race is scheduled to start at 10 a.m.

JOHNNY MOWLEM QUOTES

Why does a win here mean so much? "The races at Sebring are among the least predictable of all the world's great sports car races. The track is very bumpy, and this combines with the usual high ambient temperatures to create a very tough environment for teams, cars and drivers. That's why a win there means so much and also requires a decent slice of luck. However, the effort level and professionalism that the Risi Competizione organization brings to every race makes its own luck and so I'm hoping this will lead to us getting a great result."

Why is it so hard to win this race? "You have to understand that the track at Sebring has its own personality and you have to know how to work with it. There is always traffic during the race because of the large field of cars. But it is also important to understand that the event itself has a personality, and there is always a big crowd. I'm looking forward to going back!"

-credit: www.johnnymowlem.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Mika Salo , Johnny Mowlem
Teams Risi Competizione