Sebring Thursday Track Notes

2000 SUPERFLO 12 HOURS AT SEBRING PRESENTED BY DODGE Thursday March 16, 2000 Pit Notes From the ...

2000 SUPERFLO 12 HOURS AT SEBRING PRESENTED BY DODGE Thursday March 16, 2000 Pit Notes

From the #43-P BMW V12 LMR team, following yesterday's accident with driver Jean-Marc Gounon, "the car is fine. The mechanics worked nearly all night, they changed nearly everything. Engine, suspension, bodywork, gearbox, differential, everything." Driver change: add Jean Paul, Jr. to the #33-GTS Konrad/Slater Porsche 911 Turbo ALMS Combined GT, GTS and Prototype Practice: #02-P Blieninger/Simon/Mark Simo Riley & Scott Mk III/Judd reported slowing on course, continued on to the pits.

#21-GT Wagner/Lewis/Mazzuoccola Porsche 911 GT3 R reported possible tire rubbing.

#78-P Biela/Kristensen/Pirro Audi R8, reports from the course of loose left rear under panel.

#06-P Maxwell/Graham/Empringham Lola B98/10/Ford pit speed violation, fine imposed.

#09-GTS Brown/Earle/Jurasz Porsche 911 Turbo slow on course, reported a drive shaft problem.

#38-P Schroeder/Kelleners/Weaver Lola B2K/10/Porsche pit speed warning, seven mph over the limit.

#87-GT Robertson/Barbosa/James Porsche 911 RSR pit speed warning, nine mph over the limit, first warning.

#21-GT Wagner/Lewis/Mazzuoccola Porsche 911 GT3 R slowing at turn 13 with a flat right front tire.

#03-GT Reiser/Haywood/Stanton Porsche 911 GT3 R, pit speed violation, 2nd warning, six mph over the limit.

#91-GTS Beretta/Wendlinger/Dupuy Dodge Viper GTS-R, black flag all for tow-in, car stopped at turn 13. Report from the team, ran out of gas.

#6-GT Said/Stuck/van Overbeek BMW E46 M3, into the run-off at turn 10, returned and continued.

During the session, car #0-P Schiattarella/Martini/de Radiguez Lola B2K/10/Rafanelli V10, driven by Martini, pitted, changed to a new tire compound, and exiting the pits, spun entering turn 1. Cold tires were to blame for the spin in which the car hit the wall with the rear of the car, bending the rear wing support. The car is repairable and will be back out for the next session.

Team Audi's #77-P and #78-P were the fastest in practice with times of 1:51.202 and 1:51.475 respectively. Tom Kristensen (#78-P) (about the car) "The car is perfect. The damage yesterday was small, more visible than anything else, carbon fiber front damage. (but now) Its 100 percent and ready to race!" Top three times by class:

#77-P Alboreto/Capello/McNish Audi R8 1:51.202

#78-P Biela/Kristensen/Pirro Audi R8 1:51.475

#42-P Lehto/Müller BMW V12 LMR 1:51.640 #91-GTS Beretta/Wendlinger/Dupuy Dodge Viper GTS-R 2:00.576

#3-GTS Fellows/Kniefel/Bell Corvette C5-R 2:00.877

#4-GTS Pilgrim/Collins/Freon Corvette C5-R 2:01.546 #5-GT Müller/Luhr Porsche 911 GT3 R 2:09.152

#51-GT Wollek/Maassen Porsche 911 GT3 R 2:09.437

#07-GT Peter/Quester/Riccitelli Porsche 911 GT3 R 2:10.154

Women's Global GT Series: Qualification Session 1

At 12:05 Black flag for car #4 Belinda Endress, spun in turn 10.

At 12:06 black flag for car #23 Alisa Kincaid

At 12:07 fastest time is #17 Amy Ruman, 2:35.015

At 12:09, #18 Dana Moore, of and back on at turn 3.

At 12:10 fastest time is #7 Sonja Bayer, 2:33.744

At 12:13 fastest time improved by #7 Bayer to 2:33.584.

At 12:17, #8 Sara Wahl spun and continued at turn 1.

At 12:19, #8 Sara Wahl spun and continued at turn 17.

At 12:20, #4 Belinda Endress black flag for "rough ride" between turns 4 and 5.

At 12:25, #19 Nikki LaRue spun and continued at turn 3, returned to the pits.

At 12:25, #6 Audrey Zavodsky sets fastest time with 2:33

At 12:26, #9 Nicole Ruman reported stalling in the corners.

At 12:30, Checkered flag. Car #9 (Nicole Ruman) is being retired with electrical problems, the #13 car will be used in its place.

The Sebring racetrack has undergone several upgrades and improvements since the ALMS raced here a year ago. BMW Team PTG had the following comments:

Brian Cunningham, BMW Team PTG: "It's a wonderful addition to the track. It updates the track and brings it up to modern standards. The series brings a certain amount of professionalism, and I think it's a very good thing for the track and for the series."

Peter Cunningham, BMW Team PTG: "I've been coming to Sebring since 1985, and it's always been one of my favorite tracks in any of the configurations that we've had here. But the facilities were not the best. So what they've begun to do here is just absolutely amazing. Sebring will never be the same, but that's a good thing."

Darren Law, BMW Team PTG: "The new facilities are excellent. I'm amazed at the difference between what they were and what they are now. They've done an excellent job, and I'm excited to see what else Don Panoz does to the place."

Boris Said, BMW Team PTG: "It's unbelievable. I compare it to Nurburgring in Germany now, which has a beautiful hotel right there. Theirs overlooks the front straightaway, this overlooks the most exciting turn in America. Don Panoz keeps amazing everybody. We were here testing a month ago, and you could see through the hotel. I can't believe it's done. I wish he could work on my house. I couldn't get a kitchen done as fast as he could build a whole hotel."

Hans Stuck, BMW Team PTG: "Sebring is one of the last existing driver tracks in the world. Most of it has not been destroyed by silly chicanes. It's a big event for the drivers here. It's very difficult to set the cars here for the bumps and everything. I hope it stays like this for a long, long time. My first time here was in '75 and now it's the year 2000. Thanks to Don Panoz, who is putting such a great effort to keep this facility."

Johannes van Overbeek, BMW Team PTG: "The facility with the new pit boxes and suites is wonderful and the hotel is perfect for convenience and location. It's definitely a step in the right direction to making this a world-class facility." -PSR-

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Series ALMS
Drivers Tom Kristensen , Boris Said , Darren Law , Peter Cunningham , Johannes van Overbeek , Brian Cunningham , Don Panoz , Jean-Marc Gounon , Belinda Endress , Audrey Zavodsky , Amy Ruman