Dowe To American Spirit
Gary Horrocks interviewed American Spirit’s President, Jon Lewis, just a week ago, and the seriousness of the team’s LMP2 program in the ALMS was readily apparent then. The team’s intent becomes even more apparent with the news that Tony Dowe will be the American Spirit Chief Engineer for 2004.

“Tony brings a wealth of experience to the program and his understanding of our Lola’s is unsurpassed. Our drivers and the entire team will benefit tremendously from his knowledge,” says Lewis.

“The ALMS is the perfect platform for the drivers and team to display their talents and expertise,” says Dowe. “I’m also looking forward to continuing the relationship with Lola, Pirelli and AER-Nissan, super companies! The challenge of the coming year will be to improve on last year’s results against the Dyson and Intersport teams, it’s going to be a lot of fun!”

The Lola B2K / 40s won’t really be competing against those two teams this year of course. The reference to “last year’s results” is of course a reminder that Dowe was Chief Engineer for Essex Racing in 2003, with their B2K / 40(s) – now owned by American Spirit.

His history goes way back though, including:
Team Manager for Arrows and Ligier in F1
Team Director of the IMSA TWR Jaguar Prototype Team (winning the 1990 24 hours of Le Mans, and the Daytona 24 Hours in 1988, 1990)
Team Manager for the Carl Haas Can-Am Championship winning Team
Chief Mechanic for Keke Rosberg’s Newman Budweiser Can-Am car.
Chief Mechanic with the Wolf Formula One team
Chief Mechanic with Brabham in F1.

LMP2 should see seven or eight ‘little’ prototypes dicing for ALMS honours, and we look forward to seeing these cars play a more prominent role in the 2004 events.


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