American Spirit Racing president Jon Lewis has announced that sportscar veteran Tony Dowe will act as chief engineer for the team's two-car LMP2 program in 2004.

Dowe's resume includes spending the 2003 season as chief engineer with Essex Racing, running the Lola B2K/40s now owned by American Spirit. Prior to that he was the team manager for the Arrows and Ligier Formula One teams, but is better known for his sportscar exploits, which include success on both sides of the Atlantic with Jaguar.

"I cannot say how excited I am to have the expertise of Tony on board our team this year," Lewis enthused, "Tony brings a wealth of experience to the programme and his understanding of our Lolas is unsurpassed. Our drivers and the entire team will benefit tremendously from his knowledge."

Dowe's accomplishments include acting as team director of the IMSA TWR Jaguar prototype team which won the 1990 Le Mans 24 Hours, and four - 1988, 1990, 1992 and 1993 - Daytona 24 Hours. He was also the team manger for Carl Haas' Can-Am Championship-winning team and chief mechanic for Keke Rosberg's Newman Budweiser Can-Am car, which claimed twelve pole positions in 13 races.

During his time in Formula One, Dowe also worked as lead mechanic with James Hunt at the Wolf team, and with Niki Lauda, Hans Stuck and John Watson at Brabham.

"I'm delighted to be joining American Spirit Racing in this project," he said, "The ALMS is the perfect platform for the drivers and team to display their talents and expertise. I'm also looking forward to continuing the relationship with Lola, Pirelli and AER-Nissan, which are all super companies. The challenge of the coming year will be to improve on last years results against the Dyson and Intersport teams. It's going to be a lot of fun."

American Spirit Racing joined forces with Miracle Motorsports for the 2004 season, and will field John Olsen, Bobby Sak, Guy Cosmo, John Macaluso and Ian James at the ALMS season opener in Sebring.



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