Mowlem To Start 2005 Season With Rolex Race at Daytona DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2005) -- British sports car racing star Johnny Mowlem has joined forces with EbiMotors to defend his 2004 GT class victory in the Rolex 24...
Mowlem To Start 2005 Season With Rolex Race at Daytona
DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (Jan. 8, 2005) -- British sports car racing star Johnny Mowlem has joined forces with EbiMotors to defend his 2004 GT class victory in the Rolex 24 endurance race at Daytona International Speedway later this month.
Mowlem lives in Charvil, England and is a regular in IMSA's American Le Mans Series. He will run the full ALMS schedule with the same ACEMCO Motorsports ride he shared with Terry Borcheller in 2004. One of England's brightest racing stars; Mowlem has a busy schedule planned in 2005 and hopes to start things off with another victory at the Daytona Speedway.
The Rolex 24 is part of the Grand American Road Racing Association's Rolex Sports Car Series and is one of the world's most famous sports car races. Driving in the GT class, Mowlem has finished second overall in the last two editions of the famed race.
"I think it will be very competitive at the front of the GT class, as it always is at Daytona," Mowlem said. "Still, we have a very strong team and I like our chances, so I think we have a solid chance to finish in the top ten overall, maybe top six with a bit of luck. In all honesty I just can't see a GT car finishing on the overall podium again. Having said that, I've been second overall 2 years running now with a GT, so you never know! However, my real aim is to just win myself another Rolex Daytona watch!"
Mowlem's Daytona ride is the Red Bull-sponsored EbiMotors 911 GT3 Cup Porsche. His co-drivers will include European sportscar stars Luca Riccitelli and Dieter Quester, as well as ex Formula One driver Karl Wendlinger.
"It's a high profile team in every respect," says Mowlem. "EbiMotors is one of the best Porsche teams, so we're hoping that a repeat of last years GT win is a definite possibility."
Mowlem and the ACEMCO team have had a busy off-season in preparation for the 2005 ALMS season. That series begins its schedule with the 12 Hours of Sebring in March and, in addition to the 10-races in the United States and Canada, the team will compete in the 24 Hours of Le Mans this summer.
The team campaigns a Saleen S7-R in one of the ALMS' production-based classes. Mowlem co-drives the Saleen with Terry Borcheller.
"My primary racing commitment in 2005 is to the ACEMCO team," Mowlem said. "We were very competitive in 2004 and we really feel all the pieces are in place this season to run at the front of our class."
Mowlem's hopes to compete in selected racing events in Europe are complicated by the growth in popularity of the Johnny Mowlem Driving Academy, a racing school he operates in his home country.
"The growth has been dynamic," Mowlem said. "That's very gratifying, but it also means that, between the ALMS, our preparations for Le Mans and, now, Daytona, my hands are pretty full. It is an exciting time."
One of Britain's most successful and personable sports car drivers, Mowlem started his career behind the wheel at age 19. In 2003, he finished fourth in the British Racing Drivers Club Gold Star Award, a ranking of all British racers competing in international series, including Formula One. 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.