Autocon’s Second Lola For 2007
“We fell in love with the Lola this year and have learned
a ton about how to make it successful within the framework of our
team," says Autocon’s Mike Lewis. "Just as in any
major racing effort we see some terrific advantages in a multi-car
effort to increase performance and gain even better results.”
So Autocon is aiming to run a second EX257 / B01/60
Lola, in the 2007 ALMS.
second car will benefit from the experience we gained this year,
and the ability to share data and development next season will be
huge. It just makes sense all around to expand,” added Lewis.
"The Lola is an outstanding race car capable of podiums and
victories. We received our first car just prior to Sebring this
year and it took a couple of races to start to realize its potential.
Each event we attend puts us in a better position to exploit that
potential. Next year will be even better."
"We have the infrastructure in place to expand. As a leading
privateer effort our overhead is less than the factory teams and
that allows us to add the second car at a reasonable cost. We have
not selected a driver lineup for the new car and are open to discussions
with talented and funded drivers. We look for a three driver lineup
for the longer events, Sebring, Petit Le Mans, and Mazda Laguna
Seca, and two drivers at the remaining events. This allows for surprisingly
affordable major league racing."
"This has been the best year of my racing career, and a lot
of it has to do with the Lola and the team,” said Chris McMurry.
“It is a thrill to compete in a very competitive prototype
on a world-stage with top quality television coverage where you
mix it up with Audi, Dyson, Mazda and Penske, and next year with
the factory Acura effort."
So two Autocon
Lolas will ‘mix it up’ with the Audis, Dyson Lolas,
Porsches and Acura-powered prototypes – with the likelihood
of another factory-based programme too. Lewis, McMurry and Bryan
Willman aren’t afraid to take on the big-budget teams.
Interested parties can receive additional information by contacting
team owner Mike Lewis at email@example.com.
The images both
show Chris McMurry at Lime Rock, where the Autocon Lola led the
field after the full course caution.