The Auto Channel
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
The Largest Independent Automotive Research Resource
Official Website of the New Car Buyer

Doran/Lista and Doran/Matthews Ferrari Notes (Saturday)

31 January 1999

Doran/Lista and Doran/Matthews Ferrari Notes

Rolex 24 at Daytona Race Notes: 

Saturday, January 30, 1999  Saturday night 

#72 Doran/Lista Ferrari 333 SP: At approximately 4:45 p.m.
this afternoon, on lap 104, the Ferrari 333 SP experienced a
problem with the gearbox. Arie Luyendyk was at the wheel,
maneuvering through the chicane, had problems changing gears
from 6th to 5th when the engine stalled. He refired the
motor twice, the third time the V-12 Ferrari motor wouldn't
refire. The car was brought to the Doran Racing garage where
the team learned that there were only two working gears
and a stripped flywheel. The Doran Racing crew repaired the
car, replacing the flywheel, starter, gearbox (replacing it
with the back-up 5-speed gearbox instead of a 6-speed
gearbox with which the #72 car had started the race 
causing a few extra adjustments), new springs, brake pads
and new driver, Mauro Baldi. The stop cost the #72
Doran/Lista team approximately one hour and 47 minutes and
46 laps. 

#36 Doran/Matthews Ferrari 333 SP: At 9:45 p.m. this
evening, on lap 245, Max Papis brought the race-leading
Ferrari 333 SP in for fuel and tires. Stefan Johansson took
over the driving duties during the stop. As Johansson exited
the infield into NASCAR Turn 2 (west banking) the right rear
wheel came off the car, causing a spin. Johansson fired the
car twice, but was unable to return to the pits. The car was
towed into the paddock where a right rear tire was mounted,
allowing the car to drive onto pit road. Once the Ferrari was 
back in its pit, the Doran Racing crew secured the wheel, 
changed the rear cowling, and replaced the front brake pads. 
The spin and pit stop cost the #36 Doran/Matthews team
approximately 32 minutes and 14 laps, leaving the car in
sixth position once it returned to the track. 

#72 Doran/Lista Ferrari 333 SP: At 11:45 p.m. the
Doran/Lista Ferrari 333 SP ironically experienced the loss
of its right rear following a pit stop and driver change
from Didier Theys to Mauro Baldi. The Ferrari has been
moving up through the field, quickly gaining back the laps
lost earlier this afternoon. The team had made up 28 laps in
seven hours when they pitted for new right rear tire. The
stop cost approximately four laps. Their sister team had
experienced the same fate from the rear wheel gods just two
hours earlier. 


Thursday/Friday Notes: 

Notes from Daytona for DORAN Racing: 

Mauro Baldi: "The engine was a little sluggish today and
that hurt us. The set-up is good and so is the engine. 

#36 Matthews/Doran Ferrari 333 SP: 

quotes: Max Papis: "We have a good car and were very fast
all day. In qualifying I drove as hard as I could to try for
the pole, but the car did not have the same speed as it had
in testing. We are working on race setup tonight to prepare
for the long runs during the race. 

Jim Matthews: "We ran a little slower in qualifying than we
had hoped, but Max did a fantastic job. We are finalizing
the car setup and looking forward to some night practice
time. Once we get the handling down, I think we will be a
strong contender for the rest of the weekend because of the
reliability of the Ferrari and the expertise of the Doran
Racing crew." 

Jimmy Vasser: "It was really cool to drive the Ferrari
because I had never driven one before. The car was fantastic
to drive and I was working on getting comfortable during
practice. We are working on the handling so that the car is
ready for the race. I think we have a very good shot for a
win with this team."