2002 12 Hours of Sebring Sebring International Raceway final practice, March 15 Ready to race An improved No. 33 Ferrari 360 Modena GT is ready for Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring race. Marino Franchitti of Scotland drove the MSB Motorsport ...
2002 12 Hours of Sebring
Sebring International Raceway
final practice, March 15
Ready to race
An improved No. 33 Ferrari 360 Modena GT is ready for Saturday's 12 Hours of Sebring race. Marino Franchitti of Scotland drove the MSB Motorsport car during final practice Friday morning, but his co-driver Ralf Kelleners of Germany was thwarted by a black flag that stopped the session.
"I'm a bit disappointed because we made a big improvement in the car during the session, but we didn't get a proper chance to try it out because of the black flags," Franchitti said. "Thenanother GT car turned in on me and getting out of the way involved me spinning at the next corner. There's no damage to the car, so we just have to go prep the car for the race."
Kelleners was in the car ready to practice when the final black was displayed during the session. Although he didn't get to drive, he was happy with Franchitti's report. "Marino said we improved the car in regards to the suspension, so I'll see tomorrow morning in the warmup how I like it," he said. "He told me he's much happier than yesterday."
While the team works on car setup, the drivers will work on their race preparation.
"I eat pasta for about five days before the race," Kelleners said. "I try to get eight hours of sleep, even though it will be difficult here because the warmup is so early and we have to drive 30 minutes to get to the race track. But that's all - sleep and carbohydrates."
Franchitti will spend Friday evening with his parents, George and Marina, and brother Dario. His sister Carla is the only family member who will not be able to attend the race.
"I'll drink at least two liters of water tonight before I go to bed," Franchitti explained. "It means an interrupted sleep but you've got to hydrate because the temperature in the car is about 60C. I'm just going to chill out, go out for dinner with my family, eat the right food and maybe catch a movie after."
Prior to his impressive racing career, James Weaver worked in the British Formula Ford manufacturing plant, where he helped build the cars raced by George Franchitti.