Sebring: Johnny Mowlem preview

MOWLEM, CORSA MOTORSPORT READY FOR SEBRING SEBRING, Fla. (March 7, 2008) -- The world's toughest races to win are the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Indianapolis 500. Both circuits are unique within their racing ...

MOWLEM, CORSA MOTORSPORT READY FOR SEBRING

SEBRING, Fla. (March 7, 2008) -- The world's toughest races to win are the 12 Hours of Sebring and the Indianapolis 500. Both circuits are unique within their racing disciplines and both attract a worldwide following.

Johnny Mowlem, one of the winning drivers in the GT2 class at Sebring in 2007, is back at Sebring to try again. This time, Mowlem's mount is again the prancing horse of Ferrari, albeit this time run by Steve Pruitt's Corsa Motorsports team.

Mowlem and his Corsa Motorsport teammates will race a Ferrari 430 in the GT2 class of the famed endurance struggle on March 15. The experienced and quick Gunnar Jeanette will be Mowlem's co-driver for the entire 2008 American Le Mans Series schedule, with the veteran Ralf Kelleners joining them for Sebring.

"There's simply nothing like it," Mowlem said of Sebring's 3.7-mile racing venue. "I've been fortunate enough to race successfully at famous endurance races such as Le Mans 24, Nurburgring and Daytona 24, and I can tell you that simply finishing at Sebring is a great test."

Drivers from the world over converge on the Sebring facility every year. Sebring's challenges include enduring the G-forces that come from racing through 17 corners on a surface that is made up of sheets of concrete from an old WWII US Air Force base. Consequently the track surface is incredibly bumpy. Then there is the traffic: The field will include 35 other cars all battling for the same piece of track whilst racing in their respective classes, and the main thing that personifies the American Le Mans Series and makes this battle so fascinating is that virtually every driver, car and team is world class. You only have to have witnessed the final lap at Sebring last year when Mowlem and Salo's co-driver, Jaime Melo, battled to re-take the GT2 lead on the last corner of the last lap to win for Ferrari by two tenths of a second from Porsche after 12 hours of racing.

"We at Corsa Motorsports are all very aware that this is our first race together as a team and alongside Hankook with it being their first foray into the highly challenging atmosphere of the ALMS," Mowlem said. "Therefore we are under no illusions of grandeur in terms of our result. All we can do is go out there as a unit, and work in a professional and efficient way to achieve the best result possible. It will be a very different challenge to the race that I faced last year, but a challenge none the less. In fact in some ways this will be an even bigger challenge!"

The 2008 American Le Mans Series season opens with the 56th Mobil One 12 Hours of Sebring presented by Fresh from Florida on Saturday, March 15.

-credit: www.johnnymowlem.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ralf Kelleners , Jaime Melo , Johnny Mowlem , Steve Pruitt