MOWLEM AND TEAM ORBIT LOOK TO REPEAT ROLEX HISTORY. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2008) -- British sports car star; Johnny Mowlem is back again for his tenth Rolex 24 at Daytona start, re-uniting with Team Orbit, the same organization he helped...
MOWLEM AND TEAM ORBIT LOOK TO REPEAT ROLEX HISTORY.
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 20, 2008) -- British sports car star; Johnny Mowlem is back again for his tenth Rolex 24 at Daytona start, re-uniting with Team Orbit, the same organization he helped win the GT class victory in the famous race four years earlier. On that occasion Mowlem went up against then Porsche factory driver Mike Rockenfeller in a final two-hour epic to win by 6.2 seconds, the closest GT finish in Rolex 24 series history.
Mowlem and his co-drivers Mike Fitzgerald, Tom Papadopoulos and Lance Willsey, completed a successful test two weeks ago, ranking themselves among one of the Porsches to lap below the existing pole position track lap record. Mowlem flies into Florida on Wednesday 23rd January, to attempt to do as ever other driver in the prestigious Rolex 24 hour race, win himself that watch.
"The Rolex Daytona 24 hours, is a race victory that every driver wants on his resume, even if he hails from outside the sports car ranks," Mowlem said. "You only have to look at the number of drivers who come here every year from NASCAR, the IRL, Champcar and beyond. Obviously the prestige of this race has a lot to do with that, but don't underestimate the attraction to them all of winning that watch! I've been fortunate enough to win one already, but that still doesn't stop me wanting to win another!"
Mowlem realises however that to win again with Orbit in 2008 will be an even taller order than their epic win in 2004, when they led for over 22 hours of the 24-hour race.
"This year is without doubt the strongest GT field that the Grand Am series has ever had," said Mowlem. "That's why, at the official test days, there were at least 15 cars all within one second, which for a road course is almost unheard of. That's because the top 20 cars in GT all have at least one or more high quality driver in their line up, so if this kind of pace continues for the race, we could be set for one of the greatest 24 GT races of all time. It might make the DP race look positively boring!"
Mowlem indeed joins a star-studded list of international drivers who have won a famous Rolex Daytona, this being his tenth participation in the famous event. Mowlem has one class victory, two consecutive second overalls in 2003 and 2004 and four podiums to his name.