Sebring Notes 97-03-12

Official practice began today for the 45th Annual Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring International Grand Prix of Endurance. Two Ferraris will grace the front row when the green flag drops at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Team Scandia Ferrari 333SP ...

Official practice began today for the 45th Annual Superflo 12 Hours of Sebring International Grand Prix of Endurance.

Two Ferraris will grace the front row when the green flag drops at 10:30 a.m. on Saturday. The Team Scandia Ferrari 333SP broke the old track record by more than a second in taking the pole in 1:49.430

Yannick Dalmas, who is new to Sebring and the Scandia Team, said that it only took him ten laps to learn the circuit but that it would take longer to learn the car. Dalmas last drove prototype sportscars with Peugeot.

Dalmas' right hand was bandaged from a blister caused by the gearshift lever and the notorious Ferrari gearbox. With only thirty laps under his belt, Dalmas was able to put his Scandia Ferrari on the front row along side team mate Fermin Velez.

Stefan Johansson joins the Scandia Team driving the #3 Royal Purple Ferrari 333SP

ESPN and ESPN2 will provide 6.5 hours of live coverage of the famous 12 hour race.

March 15  (all tines eastern)
10:30 am - 12:30 pm  ESPN
12:30 pm -  3:30 pm  ESPN2
 5:30 pm -  6:30 pm  ESPN2
10:30 pm - 11:00 pm  ESPN

Professional SportsCar Racing, Inc. is the new name for the International Motor Sports Association. The sanctioning body's new name and logo will be formally introduced at Sebring on Friday.

New URL: http://www.professionalsportscar.com

WWTK's live radio broadcast will be available over the internet. For more information visit SportCar's web site at the URL above or visit:

http://www.realaudio.com

for information on downloading an audio player. Twenty hours of coverage will be available including the Endurance Championship race on Friday from 3:00 - 9:00 pm.

Indy car driver Scott Goodyear returns to SportsCar competition in the #45 GTS-1 Porsche 911.

Andy Evans said that the team had qualified with their race engines when asked about the differences between qualifying and race set-ups. "We're going to raise the car, so that we're not touching" Evans added. Evans had more kind words for his Ferraris when he said that it was only marque he could practice, qualify and race in the same configuration.

David Reininger a048243t@bcfreenet.seflin.lib.fl.us

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Series IMSA Others
Drivers Stefan Johansson , Yannick Dalmas , Scott Goodyear , Fermin Velez , Andy Evans