Through The Esses - Jim Lowe Is On A Racers Journey To Make Dreams Come True
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02/05/09 © Andrew S. Hartwell

If you are a fan of contemporary music and movies, no one probably has to tell you who J-Lo is. Fans of contemporary sportscar racing however, are probably just starting to learn about this sports very own JLowe, as in Jim Lowe Racing.

But we suspect awareness levels amongst the car crowd will soon be rising.

Jim Lowe is a Neurosurgeon specializing in spine surgery and he is the Chief of Neurosurgery at the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center in Atlantic City, New Jersey. He is also a racer who began his journey towards building his own competitive GT race team just a few years ago. It is a journey that he is not taking alone.

Lowe ran a Porsche GT3 Cup car (No. 64) in the 2009 Rolex 24 Hours at Daytona. He partnered with his good friend and racing mentor, Jim Pace - a former winner of the Rolex 24 (With Wayne Taylor and Scott Sharp in the Danka Oldsmobile- Riley MKIII in 1996)- and with Johannes van Overbeek and Tim Sugden. They went through some early torment in the days leading up to race day, only to find that the often cruel Daytona Fate Fairy had not yet finished with them. Due to mechanical issues, the team was forced to make the unpopular but probably most sensible decision to withdraw from the race after just eight hours.

We talked with Lowe about his Rolex 24 experiences, dating back to his first race there in 2006. We came to learn that this skilled surgeon and professional racer in waiting has found two venues in which to ply his passions. And for the 2009 season going forward, he has even found a way to blend one of the tenets of his Hippocratic Oath - caring for the benefit of others - with his love for going fast.

JLowe Racing began as a dream of Lowe's, brought on by his exploits in the Jim Russell and Skip Barber racing schools. It was at Barber that he met Jim Pace, a veteran sportscar driver and instructor with a well-earned reputation as a gentleman and talented driver and coach. Lowe picked Pace's brain for a route to take to begin his racing career and together they decided to start with what is arguably road racing's toughest challenge, the Rolex 24.

Lowe has an enormous amount of respect for Pace.

Jim Pace started out as coach and mentor to me and since we have been together he has become an even better friend. You won't find a guy more respected and well thought of everywhere we go. He is a tremendous individual and a hell of a driver. And I bet you didn't know he went all the way to his fourth year of medical school before he came to his senses and decided to go racing. We have a little bit of similar history in that but he was smart enough to get out and go to the racetrack!
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