MOWLEM, CORSA HYBRID TAKE FOURTH IN UTAH RACE TOOELE, Utah (May 18, 2009) -- Johnny Mowlem and his Corsa Motorsports teammates made their first competitive effort for the team's Ginetta-Zytek 09HS hybrid racer a...
MOWLEM, CORSA HYBRID TAKE FOURTH IN UTAH RACE
TOOELE, Utah (May 18, 2009) -- Johnny Mowlem and his Corsa Motorsports teammates made their first competitive effort for the team's Ginetta-Zytek 09HS hybrid racer a successful one, finishing fourth in the LMP1 class at the Larry H. Miller Dealerships Utah Grand Prix at Miller Motorsports Park.
The highly anticipated debut of the car with electric and internal combustion power capabilities was a major step forward in racing technology. Mowlem qualified the car third in class for the American Le Mans Series race. The LMP 1 class is reserved for the most powerful sports cars.
"We finished, which is what we were hoping to do," Mowlem said. "We had a few dramas, which is a shame because we were looking at a podium finish. It was a good learning experience. We said before the weekend started we would treat this as a learning session. We learned a lot about what happened to the car this weekend. We have a better understanding of what the car will do in a race situation.''
The car had all the hybrid components onboard, but ran only under power from its 4.0 liter internal combustion engine during the race. Mowlem took advantage of the electric power during time trials.
Team owner Steve Pruitt said, "We had to learn what happens to the individual components under race conditions -- the G forces, the vibrations, the heat. This was really more of a test session for us. We wanted to get some real-time data we can use for future races."
To that end, the team was happy with the results from the weekend.
"The level of engineering work on this project is stunning, really," said Mowlem. "But you don't know for certain how a system will respond in a race until you race it. Now we've done that and the next step in the evolution of this project begins."