Autocon Gears Up For The Next Two – And 2007
Autocon’s Lola B01/60 will be driven by the three 2006 regulars
at Petit Le Mans – Mike Lewis, Chris McMurry and Bryan Willman.
For the final round of the ALMS, two weeks later
at Laguna Seca, John Graham, who made his debut for the team at
Mosport, joins the gang.
"His introduction at Mosport was a bit snake
bit with rain during one practice day,” explains Mike Lewis,
“and then when one of the GT2s took out our car on lap nine
before John even got race laps. We felt he deserved another shot
this year and Chris (McMurry) agreed to let John take his seat at
Laguna. Everyone involved with us is all about ‘team’.”
"This race just whets my appetite for next
year as Autocon expands to a two car team,” says the popular
Canadian. “My abbreviated experience at Mosport built onto
my respect for Mike and the entire group he has assembled. They
make privateers proud by launching a competitive effort against
the world's best sports car teams and drivers. We will mix it up
with the Audis, the Porsches, the Dyson team, and the rest.”
Chris McMurry explains the plan ahead of Petit Le
“Next Friday (September 22) we will be testing
four drivers (three of them are younger chaps) as potential partners
for John in our second car next season. We also have four other
funded drivers who are interested in the ride, but will not be available
for the one-day test (there’s only time for four guys to drive
on the single day).”
The test takes place at Firebird Raceway in Phoenix,
where the Fernandez Lola Acura tested recently.
do an additional test after Laguna Seca (site undetermined) unless
the seats are already filled by then. Once the seats are filled,
we’re planning at least two multi-day tests during the off-season,
including the Wheels Down Under test at Sebring.”
McMurry at Lime Rock Park - where he led the whole field.