Press Notes: 43-70 Monday 26 May, 1997 43. 2:15 pm, EXXON WORLD SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP cars leave starting line for warmup laps...James Weaver in pole-sitting Ford R&S MK III, Elliott Forbes-Robinson in car ...
Press Notes: 43-70 Monday
26 May, 1997
43. 2:15 pm, EXXON WORLD SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP cars leave starting line for warmup laps...James Weaver in pole-sitting Ford R&S MK III, Elliott Forbes-Robinson in car #20, the other Dyson entry, to start race...two pace laps, don't count as race laps...GREEN FLAG DROPS to start 1hour, 45-minute race at 2:18 pm....clean start, everyone through first turn with no problems...Top five cars at 10-minute mark are #16, #1, #20, #4, #3...no change in top five positions after 15 minutes...Order remains the same at 20-minute mark...Weaver has fastest lap to this point at 50.661 109.433 mph...Same five cars leading at 25-minute mark...29 laps completed by top two cars...#95 car in pits at 28-minute mark for work on gearbox, Barry Waddell takes over from Thomas Volk...Top five remains same at 30-minute mark...No change in leaders at 35 minutes...Car #4 in at 38-minute mark, Jim Pace replaces Neto Jochamowitz, routine stop...39-minute mark caution comes out because #1 car coasts off track inside chicane, car catches fire, driver out safely, fire put out quickly.
44. At 40-minute mark, top five are #16,#20, #3, #30, #43...whole field except three cars into pits for driver changes at 43-minute mark, under caution...#16, Leitzinger in, Weaver out, routine stop...#20 car Forbes-Robinson out, Andy Wallace in, routine stop...#63, routine stop, Downing out, McAdam in, routine stop at 45-minute mark...#3, Auberlen replaces Dibos, routine stop...#43 Rob Morgan routine stop, he stays in..#17, #28 routine stops for fuel...#33 Lewis out, Trinkler in, routine stop at 46-minute mark...#95 fixed shift linkage, Waddell driving, back out...#30 Montermini takes over from Hermann at 50-minute mark, routine....#1 fire started by fuel line linkage, crew mopping up excess fuel, trying to get back out on course...#20 Wallace takes over, routine stop
45. Top five cars at 50-minute mark are #16,#20, #30, 33, #43...#16 losing power, coasts into pits at 53-minute mark with voltage regulator problem..#20 for small fire, corrected, back out...#1 back out on course with Taylor driving,...#30 takes over the lead at 54-minute mark...#19 pits Davin replaces Montgomery at 55-minute mark...#03, pits, routine McCarthy stays in...#17, fuel only, Schubot stays in...#28, routine pit for fuel...Field stays in..
46. AT THE ONE HOUR MARK, top five leaders are #30, #20, #3, #43, #4...#63...crew working under hood, broken throttle linkage problem...#17 pits at 1:10 mark, Schubot out, Mucha in, fuel & tires...#28 in , Trinkler in ...#63 off course, into trees at chicane, bent back wing... #20, pits at 1:10 mark, Wallace stays in, fuel only, no tires...#17 called in for penalty for having visor up...#17 spins off course at chicane at 1:15 mark, no damage, back on...#3, routine pit stop, McCarthy out, Duez in.
47. THIRTY MINUTES TO GO...#28 retires with clutch problems...Top five are #30, #3, #4, #20, #43...#95 makes routine pit stop, Waddell stays in..No change in top five with 25 minutes to go...No change in top five with 20 minutes to go...#43 Charles Morgan in, Rob Morgan out, routine pit stop with 20 minutes left...#30 -- leader -- makes pit stop with 19 minutes left, takes on full load of fuel, tire change & Montermini stays in...#8 pits, Manderville out, Camferdam in, routine stop...#16 in pits with 17 minutes left, fuel, tires, Leitzinger remains in...#4 pits, Pace stays in, fuel only...Top five with 15 minutes left: #3, #30, #20, #4, #43...#1 pits for fuel only with 15 minutes left.
48. AT FIFTEEN MINUTES REMAINING, #30 takes lead from #3 at Turn left on lap #98...#17 in pits with 11 minutes left for check on gearbox...Ferraris running one and two with 10 minutes left...three lead changes to this point in race...#3 in pits on lap 102, with 10 minutes left, splash and go, problem connecting gas hose and then Auberlen moved forward before refuelling complete...Top five with 10 minutes to go: #30, #20, #3, 34, #16...Top five with five minutes left: #30, #20, #3, #4, #16...#16 dies on front straight, battery gives out with less than one minute remaining.
49. CHECKERED FLAG drops at 4:05 pm to end race...114 laps completed for leader...as the race ends, #3 and #4 collide in last turn, both extensive damage, no injuries. Auberlen runs out of gas, slowing car, hit from behind...fourth year in a row for MOMO Ferrari victory at Lime Rock...Top five finishers unofficially are: #30, #20, #4, #3, #16...Total time of race is 1:45:24.041, average speed 99 mph.
50. JAMES WEAVER (#16 Dyson Ford R&S Mk III)-- It goes with the territory. This is a mechanical sport, and mechanical things have a habit of going wrong. You just take it on the chin and carry on. The voltage regulator broke just after Butch took over. It overcharged and spiked the engine management system, which has a safety feature. We disconnected the regulator and fiddled with it on the pit stop, and that seemed to fix it. Then the battery died on Butch during the last lap. It was overcharging so much it just boiled it dry.
51. BILL AUBERLEN (#3 Ferrari 333SP) -- I ran out of gas in the last turn and (Jim)Pace hit me from behind. Everything went fine up until then.
52. ANTONIO HERMANN(#30 MOMO Ferrari 333SP) -- Today is my (43rd)birthday, and it's nice to get my first win on my birthday. It's the best gift that I can have. I had many problems at the start of the race. The track was slippery, and I had a big oversteer, but the pit stop strategy was the winner. Andrea drove very well after the pit stop. We stayed out the maximum we could, and the strategy was the winner.
53. ANDREA MONTERMINI (#30 Momo Ferrari 333SP) -- I was a little discouraged when we went a lap down, but when we received the yellow flag, our strategy worked out. We were very, very low on fuel, but we stayed out. The team called the pit stop at the right moment, and we gained one lap. Basically, I had the same lap as the top guys, and then they said You are in (position one, you are in P-One, so I pushed at maximum pace, as normally I do. The other Ferraris were very competitive, it's a very nice car, also the Dyson cars also are obviously very nice. The competition gives us a nice choice to increase our speed and our potential every time. So we work very hard every day, and this is the result. I am very, very happy. Winning with the Momo team, which is well known in the United States, in only my fourth time in the United States and my first time at Lime Rock, is very fantastic. Finally, winning in a Ferrari is always fantastic. But my week isn't finished. I'll try to win this weekend at Watkins Glen -- Friday is my birthday.!
54. ANDY WALLACE (#20 Dyson Ford R&S Mk III)-- I had a small fire in the cockpit (early during his driving shift). All the wires were smoldering away, and I came in they ripped a whole lot of wires out and sent me back. Luckily, it wasn't the wires that made the car go, so we were OK. We left the tires on for an awful long time and it got very slippery. I was going as hard as I could, and that was about all I had. I was happy to be able to bring it home for a second place.
55. NETO JOCHAMOWITZ(#4 Oldsmobile R&S Mk III)-- The beginning was OK, except the track was a little slippery. I hung in there, and then Jim took the pace. We were running fifth, then fourth. Then at the end, we took third on the last lap.
56. JIM PACE (#4 Oldsmobile R&S Mk III)-- I was closing on the #3 Ferrari the preceding laps. They were telling me, You're catching him, you're catching him, but we were running out of time. On the last lap, I was catching him a little more, and he got caught up in traffic. Coming out of the chicane, I was close, and I got a very good run coming down the hill. About the middle of the downhill, the car just shut off on him. If I had tried to avoid him, I would have wound up hitting him sideways. So I held on to the wheels and tapped him from the back. Fortunately, he was OK. It wasn't anybody's fault. I think he ran out of fuel, and my fuel light was on as it was happening. I was able to keep the car straight and bring it across the line in third place.
57. EXXON SUPREME GT Series presented by Virgin Interactive cars on starting line at 4:15, begin rolling, two pace laps, don't count...#28, #00, #05 not on grid...#01 car Jochen Rohr starts in Porsche 911...GREEN FLAG drops...#27 Ford Mustang with Priestley driving, takes the lead into Turn 1, lap 1, caution out because #01 off course, being towed...25 cars take green flag...first three laps run under caution...green comes out on lap #4...car #18 comes into pits on fire, caution out again on lap 6...Top five at 10-minute mark: #27, #91, #66, #93, #77...green flag back out at 13-minute mark on lap 10.
58. #66 takes lead on lap #11, Newman in car...full course yellow on lap #14... car #97 upside down on driver's right at last turn, driver being treated...#12 into pits for inspection of damage, none found...#56, routine stop at 23 minutes, Snow out, Collin in...AT 30 MINUTE MARK...#39, Murry in, Matthews out...#77, Cohen out, Halsmer in, routine stop...#76, Wagner out, Moswer in, routine stop...#10, Said out, Auberlen in, routine stop...#93, routine stop, Taleb out, Wilson in...#6, routine Quiros out, Hill in...#99 routine, Schumacher out, O’Steen in...#15, routine, turner out, Gigliotti in...#27, routine, Maxwell replaces Priestley...#73, routine, Jones out, Lewis in...#7, routine, Quester out, Duez in...#55, routine Trejos out, Aase in...#66, routine, Bundy replaces Bundy...at 1-hour mark, #77 has right rear tire rubbing on bodywork...TOP FIVE AT ONE-HOUR MARK: #91, #27, #66, #39, #10.
59. TOP FIVE CARS with 50 minutes left are: #91, #27, #39, #10, #99
60. WITH 45 MINUTES REMAINING, #12 into pits, Baker out, Epps in, car has body damage to left front fender...#15, Turner in, Gigliotti out, no fuel, no tires...#53 Pace in, Melanie Snow out, fuel only...with 35 MINUTES LEFT, #27 in for routine pit stop, Maxwell stays in, gets 10-second penalty for refuelling without a fire bottle...#41, routine stop, Cervelli out, Fairchild in...#19, Rael in, left side tires only...Hornkohl out..., long pit stop because of getting seatbelts tightened...#12 back in after long stop with 32 minutes left...#80 mechanical problems...WITH 30 MINUTES LEFT, #91 and #66 cars fighting for the lead...#27, out with broken half-shaft with 28 minutes left,...distance between first and second-place cars is a matter of feet most of the way around the circuit...Bundy right on the tail of Stu Hayner in #91 car.
61. WITH 25 MINUTES LEFT, #66 passes #91 at Turn 1, cars touch, #66 off track to driver's right, no damage, rejoins race but down field, #91 continues in the lead...#76 puts for fuel only, no driver change, retires a lap later...Bundy's 72nd lap was 56.763 97.826 mph, more than a second faster than Hayner's fastest lap...#15 pulls off course at runoff at Turn 1, smoking with 20 minutes left.
62. With 20 MINUTES LEFT, top five cars are: #91, #66, #99, #6, #7...only top two cars on lead lap, everyone else down at least two laps...debris on front straightaway...#56, left front and right rear tire changes, Snow stays in..pits closed with 15 minutes left for caution...#66, taping lower front left portion of bodywork, back in for fuel and new left front tire...pits reopen with 13 minutes left...#91 in the pits with 12 minutes for routine tires and fuel, Hayner stays in car, retains one-lap lead on the field, back out with 11 minutes left...#93 in pits, Taleb in, Wilson out, routine stop
63. #56 back out with 10 minutes left, back rear fender damage...#01, Rohr into car, Pilgrim out...restart with six minutes left, #91 pulls ahead quickly...#77, stop and go penalty...#99 is top GTS-2 car in second place overall...race ends under full course caution after #55 and #41 touch wheels in Turn 1 and #55 flips, landing upright, driver OK ...overall winner is #91 car of Roger Schramm and Stu Hayner (GTS-1), top GTS-2 was car #99 of Larry Schumacher/John O’Steen, second overall and GTS-3 winner was Javier Quiros and Derek Hill, third overall...BMWs finished one-two-three. CHECKERED FLAG DROPPED under caution at 6 pm...total race time was 1:43.41....Bundy set fastest lap 54.290 on lap 44 ...Winner's avg speed: 79.754 mph...Winner ran 89 laps...25 laps run under caution.
64. STU HAYNER (#91 Rock Valley Oil & Chemical Chevrolet Camaro)-- They defininitely have got that car (the Panoz) working very well, and they definitely have a little bit of legs on us on the straightaway. Doc did a great job. He tried to go on the outside a few times -- because that was the only place I was going to let him go. Then we got tied up in lapped traffic and he got a run on me, he went to the inside. Then he got a little wide, and I stayed to the inside. When he came back across we rubbed a little bit, and I got him loose. I feel bad about that. I'm glad we ended up with the win today. We had a few other close calls. Going down through No Name Straight, I don't know if people saw me or not, but they ran me into the grass a few times. Other than that, it wasn't bad. It was close with me and Doc, and I think we put on a good show for the fans.
65. DOC BUNDY(#66 Panoz GTR1)-- That was a mean trick. When I finally got him, he (Stu Hayner)spun me out. He just nailed me in the rear tire. I was clean ahead of him, he just nailed me in the tire and spun me around. I didn't know he wanted to play like that, there were a dozen times I could have nailed him. I hit the #56, something happened to his car just as he exited the downhill. His car was running fast, but all of a sudden he slowed down. I tried to miss him, but I caught him with my left-front corner. Paul (Newman) did brilliant, absolutely brilliant. He had a perfect drive. I hope he joins us again.
66. ROGER SCHRAMM (#91 Rock Valley Oil & Chemical Chevrolet Camaro)-- There was lot of carnage early. Unfortunately, my job was kind of easy. I spent most of my time following the pace car. We didn't get a great start, but Stuart took over and once again did the heavy lifting. He did a terrific job for a guy who's had the flu all weekend.
67. JOHN OSTEEN (#99 Quebecor Printing Porsche 911 Turbo) -- My earphone (wire) got tangled in my belts and every time I turned (my head) to the right, I pulled it out a little more. I guess it finally came out altogether -- I though the crew got a little quiet! Today the main thing was to stay out of trouble. The car worked perfectly all weekend. To win two in a row (the team also won the GT2 category at Road Atlanta) is quite an accomplishment for the team -- today shows that Atlanta was no fluke.
68. LARRY SCHUMACHER (#99 Quebecor Printing Porsche 911 Turbo) -- Today was quite a day. At the start, it seemed like I was near all the incidents. But between experience and looking down the track and talking to the crew we were able to avoid the carnage. This was just the opposite of the Atlanta race where I wound up driving the last two-thirds or so of the race; we're trading off. Our plan is to win 'em all.
69. JASON PRIESTLEY (#27 Ford Mustang Cobra R) Everything was going fine. I was actually even leading the race at one point. Then something broke and that was it.
70. This concludes this weekend's SportsCar Press Notes. Good night