Johnny Mowlem's 2006 plans

MOWLEM'S SEASON RAMPING UP WITH COMPETITION IN TWO SERIES LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2006) -- Johnny Mowlem, the British sports car racing star, expects to spend much of 2006 racing in the United States. Mowlem, a ...

MOWLEM'S SEASON RAMPING UP WITH COMPETITION IN TWO SERIES

LONG BEACH, Calif. (Feb. 28, 2006) -- Johnny Mowlem, the British sports car racing star, expects to spend much of 2006 racing in the United States. Mowlem, a veteran with worldwide recognition, will race in two North American series this year.

Mowlem will drive in the Grand American Road Racing Series this year, with a factory supported announcement to be made imminently and he will also campaign an Aston Martin DBR9S in the World Challenge GT Series. In addition, he'll be part of the Saleen effort in the world famous 24 Hours of Le Mans race in France.

"It will be a busy year," Mowlem said. "But I'll have what every racing driver wants and that is to be busy."

The Rolex Series held its first race of the new season, the Rolex 24 at Daytona, last month. The World Challenge Series begins its season March 15 as part of the 12 Hours of Sebring weekend. With the testing programs for the two teams, Mowlem could cross the Atlantic as many as 50 times this year.

"I worked out a lot of my travel schedule just recently and I calculated that I will be away from home over 140 days between March and October, that's virtually fifty percent! I should sign up to be one of those mystery shoppers for hotel and airline consumer services!" Mowlem joked.

The World Challenge program includes an event Mowlem said he is especially pleased to be a part of, as one of the races is a part of the Long Beach Grand Prix weekend in California.

"I have wanted to race at Long Beach for many years," said Mowlem. "I've raced in California many times, but never at Long Beach."

The World Challenge portion of the Long Beach weekend is scheduled for April 7.

Mowlem, a veteran of the American Le Mans Series, has driven a variety of cars at Sebring and said the Aston Martin should be well matched with the famed venue. Tom Papadopoulos owns the two-car team. Papadopoulos will drive the second DBR9S.

"This will be the first season in the States for the DBR9S, in fact Sebring will be the cars' worldwide debut." Mowlem said. "But the car's solid handling characteristics will hopefully make us front runners pretty quickly. I can't thank Tom and the whole Autosport Design Racing team enough for this opportunity. To be an Englishman racing for Aston Martin, is very special. Now I just need a license to kill!"

One of Britain's most successful and personable sports car drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. He was named the 2005 Reading Sports Personality of the Year, an honor reserved for the top sports performers in his region. A married father of two, Mowlem was raised in Majorca, Spain. He has earned university degrees in economics and Spanish. More information on Mowlem is available at www.johnnymowlem.com.

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Series Grand-Am , Le Mans , PWC
Drivers Johnny Mowlem , Tom Papadopoulos