Mexico City: Marino Franchitti race report

The 200 mile race in Mexico City played itself out yesterday under difficult conditions for the No. 11 CITGO/Samax race car. In a completely different chassis from that raced in Daytona last month, the Samax race team had only a matter of days...

The 200 mile race in Mexico City played itself out yesterday under difficult conditions for the No. 11 CITGO/Samax race car.

In a completely different chassis from that raced in Daytona last month, the Samax race team had only a matter of days to fit everything together before it was shipped to Mexico for the 2nd round of the Rolex Sports Car Series . "The team did an incredible job in such a short space of time" said Marino Franchitti "they worked their socks off to give us a race car for Mexico".

"The first practice for us was almost like a shakedown, but Milka and I worked at it through-out the practice sessions and it got better and better" continued Marino, "but we had some gremlins in the electrics which plagued us throughout the weekend. It didn't matter how hard you pushed the car, it just wasn't there when you needed it to pull out of the corners or accelerate past other cars, so I'm really happy we finished, and just disappointed it wasn't higher up result sheet. But the team now have a chance the get back home and work on the problems, and with the next race in Homestead right on the team's doorstep, we will be looking for a good result".

-kwa-

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Marino Franchitti