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Lotus Alex Job Racing Adds Mowlem To Line-Up For Petit
Posted by: newsla on Oct 04, 2012 - 04:51 PM
American Le Mans Series News
Lotus Alex Job Racing Adds Mowlem To Line-Up For Petit


Lotus Alex Job Racing (AJR) has added Lotus Factory Driver Johnny Mowlem to the driver line-up along with regulars Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell for the American Le Mans Series Petit Le Mans powered by Mazda to run Oct. 17-10 at Road Atlanta.

 

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Mowlem is an accomplished sports car driver with time in every category in the ALMS Series. He also has more time behind the wheel of the Lotus Evora GT than any other driver. This year the Brit has competed in the ALMS Series with Dyson Racing in LMP1, recording two second-place finishes, but this will be his first time behind the wheel of the Lotus Alex Job Racing Evora.

"I have always had enormous respect and affection for Alex and Holly Job and their racing team. Ever since I first started racing in the ALMS series back in 1999, and they were always the GT benchmark," Mowlem said. "Alex and I have spoken often about the possibility of driving for him, but for one reason or another, I've always ended up competing against him rather than for him, so I am absolutely delighted to be finally getting a chance to join his team. I have been very interested in watching the AJR Lotus Evora, from afar, when racing this year in the LMP1 class of the ALMS. The car has gotten better and better as the season has progressed.

As a factory Lotus driver it was always a given that at some point I would join AJR and their Lotus Evora GT program, especially as I have done the bulk of the early development on the Evora in Europe last year. But, I know how much extra work AJR has done to develop the Evora further this season, and I am excited to get a chance to see and feel that for myself. I know that team partners Yokohama and Cosworth, in particular, have been working extremely hard to get the Evora closer and closer to the front, and for me personally this is a real labor of love as I know how much potential this car has still left untapped.

I raced the Evora at Petit Le Mans last year in the World Endurance Championship. The Road Atlanta circuit really suits the chassis. I am realistic enough to know that victory is highly unlikely, but I am optimistic that with the great preparation of AJR behind it, and the advantage of a 10-hour race where reliability and strategy can really play a part, that we have a chance at a strong performance in the final results.

I am also very much looking forward to joining regular AJR drivers Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler. I first met them when they came over to pick up the Evora from the Lotus factory earlier this year, and they both are great people as well as fine drivers. I really hope I can help them deliver a strong finish to the season."

Alex Job, team principal, welcomes Mowlem to the team.

"We have known Johnny for a number of years, usually as a competitor within our class," Job said. "He brings a familiarity with the Evora GT that we welcome. I know he will be impressed with what we've done with the car in a short period of time. I am most interested in what he will carry back to the Lotus Factory regarding how the car performed and become an in-house lobbyist for us in taking the next steps in the development of the car for 2013 with his first-hand experience from Petit."

Petit Le Mans Powered by Mazda live qualifying can be viewed Oct. 19 at 2:25 p.m. EDT on ESPN3.com, the live streaming of the race can be seen Oct. 20 beginning at 11:15 a.m. EDT on ESPN3.com with the race broadcast on ABC running on Oct. 21 starting at 1:00 p.m. EDT.

Alex Job Racing is one of the most successful teams in sports car racing. The team's resume includes: ALMS GT series championships in 2004, 2003, 2002; a record 22 consecutive ALMS GT pole positions; two-time 24-Hour of Le Mans GT class winners; Eight 12-hour of Sebring wins in 2012, 2010, 2004, 2003, 2002, 2001, 1999 and 1995.

The ALMS GT Class is production-based, moderately-modified two-wheel drive race cars comprise the GT class - BMW M3, Corvette C6.R, Ferrari F458 GT, Ford GT-R, Jaguar XKR GT, Lotus Evora and Porsche 911 GT3 RSR. The GT cars share many similarities to their showroom brands. With top speeds of up to 180 mph, these elite GTs produce between 450-500 horsepower and have a minimum weight of 1,145 kilograms (2,480 pounds). All GT race cars have green Leader Light System race position lights and green car numbers.


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