Sebring: Petersen Motorsports qualifying report

SEBRING, Fla., March 13, 2003 -- Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing set the fourth quickest time in today's final-round qualifying for Saturday's 51st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Johnny Mowlem, who had regularly placed the car in...

SEBRING, Fla., March 13, 2003 -- Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing set the fourth quickest time in today's final-round qualifying for Saturday's 51st Annual Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Johnny Mowlem, who had regularly placed the car in the top-three of every practice session, set the time of 2 minutes 7.613 seconds on his ninth lap in the #31 Westward Ho Casino/ MMPIE/ PAWS/ Justice Brothers Porsche 911 GT3 RS. Mowlem was not able to duplicate the car's quick-time of the week, a 2m 06.203s lap, set earlier in the day due to heavy traffic that prevented him from getting a clear, flying lap.

Mowlem reflected on his qualifying run: "I couldn't get a clear lap until my last lap. Then it was too late really. It was just not a case of traffic; no one would get out of my way even if they were on a slow lap."

The Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Porsche crew now turns its complete attention to competing in the 12 Hour endurance classic\ that is scheduled for a 10:30 am (EST) start on Saturday, March 15. Four practice sessions remain in preparation for the event including a one-hour night practice this evening from 8pm -- 9pm and a Saturday morning race warm-up. The team expects no major changes to the #31 Westward Ho entry prior to the race when Nic Jonsson and Craig Stanton will join Mowlem behind the wheel of the Mike Petersen-owned and Dale White-prepared Porsche.

Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning Racing began operation in the late 1980s competing in off-road endurance events. The duo of White and Petersen joined to win over 50 off-road truck victories including three-consecutive overall wins at the Baja 1000 and Baja 500 and four SCORE, SNORE and SODA championships. Since introducing the team to sports car racing, the team has scored victories in the Trans-Am Series, Speed Challenge Series and endurance sports car wins at Watkins Glen and at the Rolex 24 of Daytona.

For more about Petersen Motorsports/ White Lightning, please visit www.PetersenMotorsports.com.

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