Sebring Notes Day 2 97-03-13

The Screaming Eagles Team had a spectacular engine failure yesterday causing a fire at the rear of the car. There was extensive damage done to the engine compartment and rear bodywork. Screaming Eagle crew members worked through the night to ...

The Screaming Eagles Team had a spectacular engine failure yesterday causing a fire at the rear of the car. There was extensive damage done to the engine compartment and rear bodywork. Screaming Eagle crew members worked through the night to prepare the team's Riley and Scott chassis for today's qualifying session.

Robbie Buhl, recently signed to drive the Menard Quaker State IRL car, will join the TWC Motorsports team for Friday's five hour endurance race. Buhl will co-drive the team's BMW 328is with Tom Coleman and Ray Korma.

Andrea Montermini, who finished fourth in his IndyCar debut at Detroit in 1993, has joined the Moretti Racing team for Saturday's twelve hour race. Montermini's first laps in the team's Ferrari 333SP came during Thursday evening's night practice session. Montermini's first lap at Sebring was just one second off of the team's best time of that session set earlier by Didier Theys. With only six laps in the car, Montermini set fastest time overall in the session with a time of 1:56.897. Quite an accomplishment for a driver's first time at a circuit in a new car and at night!

Tom Papadopoulos, in his second year in the Ferrari Challenge, claimed his third pole position by a half second over Steve Earle.

Due to computer problems with the timing and scoring system, today's complete time sheets were not available. Fastest Qualifiers for each class:

WSC    Yannick Dalmas  Ferrari 333SP        1:49.430
GTS-1  Eric Bernard    Panoz Esperante      2:00.710
GTS-2  Rob Rizzo       Ford Saleen Mustang  2:05.351
GTS-3  Bill Auberlen   BMW M3               2:07.588

Rob Rizzo has left Sebring to race in the NASCAR Super Truck race at Homestead. Rizzo is expected to be back at Sebring three to four hours into the race to join team mates Phil Andrews and Price Cobb in the Home Improvement Mustang.

Lamborghini unveiled their new Diablo Roadster R at Sebring on Friday. The car is to be raced in a new challenge series similar to the SuperSport Trophy series run in Europe. A limited edition of 36 cars will be built to race in 14 events over two years. At the end of two years Lamborghini will convert the Diablo Roadster R to street or IMSA race configuration based on the owner's request.

David Reininger a048243t@bcfreenet.seflin.lib.fl.us

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Didier Theys , Yannick Dalmas , Robbie Buhl , Bill Auberlen , Andrea Montermini , Phil Andrews , Price Cobb , Tom Papadopoulos