IN HIS OWN WORDS: JOHNNY MOWLEM Ahead of Series return with PR1/Mathiasen LMPC program at Long Beach Sports car ace Johnny Mowlem has established himself as quite the prototype pilot in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila PatrÃ³n.
IN HIS OWN WORDS: JOHNNY MOWLEM
Ahead of Series return with PR1/Mathiasen LMPC program at Long Beach
Sports car ace Johnny Mowlem has established himself as quite the prototype pilot in the American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. After race-winning stints in GT competition, the charismatic Brit is back behind the wheel of an LMP car for the Series' next round at Long Beach - specifically an ORECA FLM09 for newcomer PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports in the LMP Challenge class. Mowlem, who will drive with Tom Papadopolous, spoke on his involvement with the new program.
Question: What are your thoughts on this new LMPC class and the ORECA prototype?
Answer: Having watched the first race of the new class at Sebring and the quality of competitors that it attracted - both professional and gentleman drivers - I saw that LMPC had almost immediately established itself as a very competitive and worthwhile prototype class, providing close and competitive racing. I am very much looking forward to racing in a new class for me in the American Le Mans Series. As I have already raced in GT2, GT1 and LMP1, this will be a great addition to my Series experiences.
Q: What about working with PR1/Mathiasen Motorsports?
A: I have never worked with PR1 and Bobby Oergel before, but from having spoken with him on the phone I get a very positive vibe from him and a sense of professionalism and fun that makes me believe that I will thoroughly enjoy driving for his team and hopefully have some great results at the same time!
Q: Let's talk about Long Beach. Are you looking forward to it?
A: I love Long Beach although I've only raced there once before in 2008 as last year we missed the race with our hybrid LMP1 not being quite race- ready. It certainly rewards an accurate and measured driving style.
Q: Do you favor the shortened race format of 100 minutes?
A: I wish the race was longer but fully understand that there is a lot to fit into the weekend given that the American Le Mans Series is sharing billing with the IRL. On that score, I love the fact that we are the Saturday evening race and know we'll attract a great crowd...just as the Series has done in the past.
Q: What have you done to prepare yourself for the event?
A: Nothing specifically as I constantly train anyway, especially at the moment as I'm additionally training for the London Marathon on April 25. I have also been doing a few more neck exercises and I'm looking forward to driving the prototype, as nothing gets you prototype sharp better than actually driving. Believe it or not, I haven't driven an LMP car since Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca last October.
The Tequila Patrón American Le Mans Series at Long Beach is the second round of the 2010 American Le Mans Series presented by Tequila Patrón. The race, set at the historic Long Beach street circuit, is scheduled for 4:40 p.m. PT on Saturday, April 17 with coverage on SPEED set for 8 to 10 p.m. ET. Live radio coverage will be available on American Le Mans Radio presented by Porsche - a production of Radio Show Limited - as well as Sirius and XM. Visit the Series' schedule page for ticket and accommodation information. Live Timing and Scoring, track schedule, entry list and much, much more will be available on Racehub at americanlemans.com.