Daytona 24: Risi Competizione provisional qualifying recap

2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona Daytona International Speedway Provisional qualifying, Jan. 31 Third-row start The No. 13 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333 SP will start the Rolex 24 at Daytona from the third row. Eric van de Poele of Belgium lapped ...

2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona
Daytona International Speedway
Provisional qualifying, Jan. 31 Third-row start

The No. 13 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333 SP will start the Rolex 24 at Daytona from the third row. Eric van de Poele of Belgium lapped the 3.65-mile Daytona International Speedway road course in one minute, 43.159 seconds for sixth on the 79-car grid. He will share driving honors with David Brabham of Australia and Stefan Johansson of Sweden.

"I think we solved all the problems we had this morning," van de Poele said. "The setup was good, and I had quite a good lap. I didn't take any crazy risks. I think third row is perfect - I can see all the pieces on the ground after the start from the other cars! The car is quite good now. We need to work on the setup for the race a little bit and everything will be fine."

wish I knew then ...

Formula One veterans Brabham and Johansson said they wish they had competed in sports-car racing before moving up to the world championship level.

"Sports-car racing is something I really enjoy because you get every element of motorsport, and some more extreme, like traffic," said Brabham. "You've got to be able to work very well with the team because you've got other drivers, so you compromise a little here and there. For any young driver going through the ranks, before they get to Indy cars or Formula One, I think sports cars is definitely a must. The cars are fast, they're heavy, you've got to be thinking all the time about tires, fuel, pitstops, all the elements of racing. With the experience I've had now, I wish I'd had some sports-car experience before I went into Formula One."

Johansson agreed: "You learn a lot of race craft because you have to improvise a lot. You always have to look after the car, you have to think about the brakes and gearbox and you get to practice pitstops, which you don't get to do in formula racing. Mostly, it's the actual racing situation which is good training, and you get a lot of seat time."

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers David Brabham , Stefan Johansson , Eric van de Poele
Teams Risi Competizione