Press Notes 37-41, Monday 26 May, 1997 37. Good morning, and welcome to raceday at the Connecticut Lottery Presents the Dodge Dealers Grand Prix at Lime Rock. Today's activities include the Exxon World SportsCar Championship race. It is one...
Press Notes 37-41, Monday
26 May, 1997
37. Good morning, and welcome to raceday at the Connecticut Lottery Presents the Dodge Dealers Grand Prix at Lime Rock. Today's activities include the Exxon World SportsCar Championship race. It is one hour and 45 minutes in length. Cars will be called to the false grid at 1:15 pm, track gridding begins at 1:45 with the start of engines at 2 pm. There will be a post-race interview session in the media centre trailer immediately following the race.
The Exxon Supreme GT Series, Presented by Virgin Interactive, race is also one hour and 45 minutes. Cars will be gridded on track at 3:55 pm with the start of the race to begin at 4:10 pm.
Just a reminder that you can get the latest results, standings and other valuable information by visiting our website at www.professionalsportscar.com
38. ENTRY LIST CHANGES
EXXON WORLD SPORTSCAR CHAMPIONSHIP CAR CHANGE #3 ADD Bill Auberlen/Redondo Beach, CA; DELETE Fermin Velez #43 ADD Charles Morgan/Conway, AK; DELETE Eliseo Salazar #03 ADD Marc Duez/Belgium
EXXON SUPREME GT SERIES CAR CHANGE #53(GTS-2) ADD Will Pace/Monticello, MS #73(GTS-3) ADD Kermit Upton/Ludlow, VT
39. Five Questions with Paul Newman
Q1. What caused you to come back to driving? A. I don't know really, and I don't really think too much about those things. I just got the urge to do it, and I did.
Q2. What are your feelings about the new Panoz you'll be driving? A. It's a really, really, REALLY great car. There's something very satisfying about driving a great machine. This is a great car.
Q3. What about returning to racing at Lime Rock? A. I guess I know (the fast line around) Lime Rock better than any other track, so that should help me keep it on the road. I like the track a lot -- it's my home track.
Q4. What are your expectations for the Memorial Day race? A. I'm just trying to have fun and stay out of trouble.
Q5. Will you be racing any other races this year? A. We'll just have to wait and see. I'm just trying to have some fun. I haven't really decided anything yet.
40. BILL AUBERLEN (#3 Ferrari 333SP) I've tested in the Momo car last year, and this car feels exactly the same. It feels like home again in a Ferrari. It sounds terrific. It feels a little heavier -- I don't know if they added any weight, or maybe because I haven't driven the Ferrari on a track this tight. But the power's great, the shifting is great, and it's neat to be back in a Ferrari. I never raced the Momo car, but we did a 24-hour test at Texas World, and we tested at Daytona -- where I set the track record -- but that was the end of my existence with that team (his anticipated sponsorship fell through). It's a good thing my BMW M3 (which he will race in the Exxon Supreme GT race) comes with power steering, because this car will wear you out. The steering effort in the Ferrari is a lot higher than the BMW. When you get in the BMW, they've got that thing handling so nice, with power steering it's a cakewalk.
41. CHARLES MORGAN (#43 Ferrari 333SP)I raced this car in both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and 12 Hours of Sebring. I was in the car when we crashed at Sebring and I broke my hand. I haven't been in a car since then. I'm officially retired -- sort of. I've raced here for the first time in '79, and I think I've raced here every year since, so I've been around Lime Rock about four million times, kind of like an old shoe for me. Rob (his son)has this car set up fine. It's got a little push in it with full fuel, which is fine. It ought to come around fine. It's got a lot more downforce than when we raced it at Daytona, which makes it a lot easier to drive. The car was really skittish at Daytona, and you had to be really careful with it. I had a lot of fun driving the Ferrari in warmup. Probably the most fun cars to drive here were the Camel Lights cars, they had such tremendous handling and downforce, you could get around the track almost as quick as this car, but it doesn't have the tremendous straightaway speed of the Ferrari. This car is really, really fun. It's a pleasure to start a well set up, well balanced car, and this one is. Rob will start the race. My biggest problem will be getting in the car with my broken hand.