MSB Motorsport Petit Le Mans race report

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 6, 2001)The MSB Motorsport Ferrari Modena 360 GT made an early exit at today's fourth running of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The ...

BRASELTON, Ga. (Oct. 6, 2001)The MSB Motorsport Ferrari Modena 360 GT made an early exit at today's fourth running of the Petit Le Mans at Road Atlanta. The #33 Ferrari completed 27 laps before being sidelined with electrical problems.

"We got off to a good start as I was able to overtake a couple of the Porsches in the beginning," commented starting driver Marino Franchitti who also qualified the car. "Unfortunately, we began to lose battery voltage and we just couldn't recover."

The MSB Motorsport team could not repair the problem and return racing, after being disqualified when a team member other than the driver touched the car while still on course. "The Le Mans rules require that only the driver can repair the car while on course," commented Eva Salleck. "An electrical problem isn't something that could have been fixed without our mechanics' intervention. We had no choice and sometimes these things happen. That's racing," she continued.

Although the outcome wasn't quite as good as the team had desired the weekend was overall a success. "Our main objective for this race was to gather data from the car and we did that," commented team engineer and partner John McLouhglin. "This is the first time we've ever run the Ferrari 360 and as with any new project its simply going to take time to reach its full potential. We have no regrets and overall it was a very valuable exercise."

The MSB Motorsport team will now focus the remainder of the year on evaluating the data and performing further test to improve the car's performance while planning for 2002.

-MSB Motorsport LLC-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Marino Franchitti