Max Papis and Ferrari 360 Team finish Rolex 24 at Daytona, The No. 20 JMB Racing USA Team Ferrari 360 Modena GT team was successful in finishing the 41st annual running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in seventh position in the GT class and 14th ...
Max Papis and Ferrari 360 Team finish Rolex 24 at Daytona,
The No. 20 JMB Racing USA Team Ferrari 360 Modena GT team was successful in finishing the 41st annual running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona in seventh position in the GT class and 14th overall after overcoming electrical problems Sunday morning. "Mad Max" Papis and co-drivers Emmanuel Collard, Andrea Garbagnati and Augusto Farfus started from the 31st position and climbed as high as third overall before falling back when Farfus lost power while on the circuit. The team completed 621 laps, 74 laps down from the winners.
"We had an electrical problem around 9:00 a.m. this morning," said Papis. "Finally the crew was able to diagnose the problem and make the repairs, but it cost us two hours. We had worked up to third position and really made no mistakes. It's just that 24 hour races are sometimes like this. A five dollar part can lose the race for you. The mechanics did an excellent job. They worked flat out for two hours changing everything and that shows their passion. This is a good beginning for the JMB U.S. team. To finish the 24 hours is a good achievement."
"I was glad to be back in the Ferrari and finish the 24 Hours of Daytona," added Papis. "I want to congratulate the Risi Ferrari team. We had some great battles. I think next year will be another chance for a GT car to possibly win again, but maybe with a little more difficulty. It would be fun to return in a Ferrari. I want to thank everyone on the team for the good job they did. I also want to thank Ferrari for giving us a good car to race and for their help in supporting my name."
The No. 66 Racers Group Porsche GT3 RS was the overall and GT class winner of today's 41 annual Rolex 24 at Daytona, with drivers Kevin Buckler, Michael Schrom, Timo Bernhard and Jorg Bergmeister. The No. 35 Risi Competizione Ferrari 360GT of Ralf Kelleners, Anthony Lazzaro and Johnny Mowlen was second, with the No. 83 Rennwerks Porsche GT3 RS of Johannes Van Overbeck, Richard Steranka, Dave Standridge and David Murry finished third.