TEAM NEWS: Pecorari doing double duty at Mid-Ohio

Photo by John Thawley American Le Mans Series LMP2 endurance effort on Saturday, Speed World Challenge sprint on Sunday

Adam Pecorari will do double duty this weekend at the Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course, competing in both the American Le Mans Series Acura Sports Car Challenge event on Saturday as well as the Speed World Challenge race on Sunday.

Even if Mid-Ohio isn't actually that close to home for the Anton, Pennsylvania native, he's shown that he feels right at home on the undulating 2.258-mile natural terrain circuit, having won three of the four races he ran in F2000 Zetec competition, and backing that up with a two-for-two strike rate at Mid-Ohio in IMSA Lites on his way to the 2006 championship.

While he will be racing two completely different cars in two radically different race formats this weekend, the Pennsylvania native is excited about the opportunity and is ready to go racing on what he feels is his home track.

"This kind of weekend is what every driver dreams of doing, racing on both Saturday and then again on Sunday," said Pecorari. "I love Mid-Ohio and I've had some success here, so that is an even bigger boost to my confidence heading into this weekend. It's going to be busy going back and forth between the two cars, but I'm going to be doing a few more of these double weekends this season, and I'm glad my first one is at a track like Mid-Ohio."

Even though both the cars he will race this weekend carry the number 19, there is little else that is similar between the two. The #19 EFC Systems, INC AER-powered Radical SR9 ALMS LMP2 entry boasts a rear engine, a highly developed downforce-generating shape, and an open-top cockpit, while the production car-based #19 STaSIS/Clear Capital/Sewickley/Audi A4 World Challenge entry sports four wheel drive and an interior that originally could have held five adults.

The races themselves will also be vastly different, as the ALMS event is slated for a two-hour and forty-five minute race distance, while the World Challenge event is set for a frantic forty-five minutes of racing from the moment the lights go out at the standing start.

While the Speed Touring Car sprint event will be a solo affair, Pecorari will share the driving duties with Gunnar van der Steur in the ALMS race. The duo made their 2007 ALMS debut at Lime Rock Park earlier this month, and came home seventh in the highly competitive LMP2 category despite a distinct lack of testing in advance of the race.

"Lime Rock was a lot of fun because it was one of the longest stints I've ever done in my career, and even though you spend a lot of time in the corners there, I had no problem after two hours," said Pecorari. "It was pretty rewarding to feel like all the physical training I've been doing was paying off, and this weekend is going to be a whole new challenge, but I'm really excited about it."

Pecorari, who ran to the IMSA Lites Championship in 2006, also impressed in a one-off Speed World Challenge outing with STaSIS last season at Denver, setting a track record and leading the race before finishing sixth. That performance helped put Pecorari at the top of STaSIS owner Paul Lambert's speed dial list, and when a new opportunity developed during the 2007 season, Pecorari was happy to get the call once again. He has two-top-ten finishes so far this season and this weekend will look to improve on his best finish to date of fourth.

The American Le Mans race will take place Saturday the 21st at 3:15 pm, and the World Challenge race will take place Sunday the 22nd at 8:45 am. The World Challenge race will be televised on the SPEED Channel Saturday, July 28th at 3:00 pm and the American Le Mans race will be televised on CBS Sunday, July 22nd at 2:00 pm.

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