Miracle Goes Courage At Road America
At a press conference at Silverstone this morning, John Macaluso of Miracle Motorsports announced that his team will be running a Courage C65 at Road America’s ALMS event next weekend.

Remarkably, the chassis will be the actual C65 racing here today, in the hands Gounon, Hancock and Frei. Miracle will also be entering its current Lola at the three remaining ALMS events.

The driving squad(s) for next week are yet to be finalized, but the Courage will be entered with Ian James and James Gue aboard, with John Macaluso listed as third driver in the C65.

The Lola meanwhile has Mike Borkowski confirmed, with discussions currently underway with a second driver. “If we don't tie down that deal then I’ll race the Lola instead,” said a beaming Macaluso this morning.

Further good news was that there are active plans for a two-car Courage entry from Miracle Motorsports for Sebring. “It’s very early days yet though, and we’ve got a way to go before that is confirmed.”

Macaluso described his team’s first event this year (Sebring) as being a “jump start in the championship, but since then we’ve had to use strategy rather than outright speed.”

Tha target for this ambitious team is to “win an invitation to Le Mans,” and Macaluso hopes to “lock up the LMP2 championship with the C65. This car will allow us to race with the best in LMP2.”

Yves Courage is clearly delighted to be back in the USA, and admitted that he is talking to “two existing American teams” and at least one European team as possible purchasers of other C65 chassis. Meanwhile, the Frenchman’s focus is also on his new LMP1 project for 2005.

IMSA’s Chief Operating Officer Tim Mayer described this union as “a terrific marriage of the European flavour of endurance racing and the American passion.” Mayer is here to gauge European interest in PLM and Laguna Seca: “We’re here in person to talk to entrants and we’ve had a very good response. The ACO has also been very constructive because they are very keen to see European teams participating in our races at Petit, Laguna Seca and Sebring.”

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