Road America Friday notes

The No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333 will have a driver change for this weekend. Eric van de Poele will replace regular driver Ralf Kelleners, who is forced to miss this week due to a schedule conflict. MIMMO SCHIATTARELLA (No. 12 Risi ...

The No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333 will have a driver change for this weekend. Eric van de Poele will replace regular driver Ralf Kelleners, who is forced to miss this week due to a schedule conflict.

MIMMO SCHIATTARELLA (No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333SP) -- I think this is the best circuit I've ever seen in America. I like it very much. (He tested here for the first time on Thursday) But the Ferrari doesn't like it too much, because there are too many long straights, and we can't do much with our lack of power. We have 70 horsepower less than the Ford or the Judd, and that makes me crazy. We can only hope that the cars in front of us have problems, but that's not the way to race.

OLIVER GAVIN (No. 37 Banana Joe's Judd-Lola) -- The car is pretty good today. They've done something to the front suspension that's gotten rid of some of the problems we've had in the braking area. We're still not using the car to the maximum, but through the turns the car seems to be performing quite well. I felt quite comfortable in the car, just working my way down to a time and getting happier and happier. The Judd and Lola certainly feels like a very good combination, based on what I've driven in the UK and Europe before, in Formula 3000. It's got that sort of feel to it -- it revs quite high, we're getting the gearing sorted out, and on the circuit it feels light and nimble, and really nice to drive. It's a joy to be out there. Our main goal is finish and bring the car in with as good a finish as we can. Jon (Field) would love to be on the podium, and so would I. It's encouraging at the moment, but we can't get carried away -- the competition will be tough.

GIORGIO VINELLA (No. 95 TRV Motorsport Chevy-Riley & Scott) -- It's a nice circuit. It looks very European. Today is the first time for me at this circuit, and it's good. It's got some good corners and some fast corners. I like it. This is the first time I've ever driven in a sports car. I've always been driving single seaters. I'm currently a Formula One test driver (for Minardi), I just tested a Formula One car two days ago, and they're completely different things. Obviously, the F-1 car is lighter, a lot more powerful, and brakes differently. I can get use to this, and hopefully, we will have a good race. Formula One obviously is the aim for everyone. Every single racing driver I've met wants to go to Formula One. I hope I can do good job testing this year, so I can get in there next year. Last year I won the championship in 3000, and that earned me the drive in F-1. Hopefully, now that I'm there, I can prove I can do a good job in F-1 as well. It's important to keep up and running, that's why I'm here. I can not afford to spend one year away from motor racing, I've got to keep the adrenaline running. Testing isn't enough, you need to qualify, run long races, make pit stops. This is the best way to do that, and I hope to do Trois-Rivieres and Watkins Glen.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Eric van de Poele
Teams Risi Competizione