Washington DC: Archangel Motorsport preview

Archangel to compete in nation's capitol with Brit Ben Devlin and DC's own Will Langhorne. July 17, 2002 Washington, DC -- Archangel Motorsport has brought their winning American Le Mans Series LMP 675 team to the nation's capitol for ...

Archangel to compete in nation's capitol with Brit Ben Devlin and DC's own Will Langhorne.

July 17, 2002 Washington, DC -- Archangel Motorsport has brought their winning American Le Mans Series LMP 675 team to the nation's capitol for the inaugural Cadillac Grand Prix of Washington, DC July 19 -- 21, 2002. This is the first time in over 80 years that an auto racing event has taken place in the District of Columbia.

DC resident William Langhorne will join British ace Ben Devlin in the team's #13 Marshall Cook / Grill2Go Millington-powered Lola B2K/40 on the grounds of the Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium. RFK Stadium is the former home of the NFL's Washington Redskins and Major League Baseball's Washington Senators. The 5th round of the 10 event ALMS Championship will be a 2 hour and 45 minute race that will air for the first time on NBC beginning at 3:00pm EST on Sunday July, 21.

DC's own racer Will Langhorne had this to say about the National Grand Prix: "I am extremely excited to finally have the opportunity to race in my hometown of Washington, DC. It will be a unique and exciting thrill to drive at top speed in DC and keep my license when I'm finished. It is only fitting that such an international city should host an international series like the ALMS. I am fortunate to be racing here with a remarkable team and an accomplished teammate. Many of my friends and family will be here which will make that much more fun for me. Chris Lencheski has done a fantastic job to get this Grand Prix here and I can't thank him enough. So, to everyone in DC - I'll see you at the National Grand Prix!"

Langhorne joins the team on a three-race podium streak that teammate Devlin has helped to deliver. Devlin and the Archangel squad have made three podium appearances in their first three ALMS races of the season --with first place honors at Sears Point and Road America and a second place victory at the Mid-Ohio Sportscar Course.

"I'm really looking forward to this race," said Devlin. "To be taking part in this race in America's center of government is very special. The Archangel crew is working flat-out at the moment on some developments that we hope to have ready for the weekend. It would be nice to follow Road America with another win -- but from a championship point of view our efforts will be focused on a top three finish. The MG Lola's of the KnightHawk and Intersport teams will be setting the pace and we'll be chasing them as hard as we can -- all while battling to overcome the challenge from the Pilbeams."

Mike Johnson, team owner and MTV "Real World" alumni - and the youngest team owner in sportscar racing, will add his very successful style of racing management to the considerable skills of Devlin and Langhorne. "Since our last race just two weeks ago, we have completely re-designed the cooling, oil, water and exhaust systems in an effort to gain maximum horsepower from the engine," said Johnson. "Unfortunately, we've had no time to test these changes before the race this weekend -- so we've been working very hard in the shop to make sure everything is perfect."

Langhorne will also be racing for Grill2Go in the Indy Racing League events in Kentucky, Chicago and Texas. For more information on Langhorne, please visit www.hire-speed.com.

Additional information on the Archangel organization is available to you at www.archangelmotorsports.com and on Ben Devlin at www.bendevlin.com.

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Series ALMS
Drivers Ben Devlin , Will Langhorne , Mike Johnson