Press Release 8/20/96
MOMO Corse Ferrari Team Chasing Championship Points at Mosport.
MOSPORT, ONTARIO The MOMO Corse Ferrari Team comes to the Chrysler Mosport 500 race this weekend seeking valuable points for both the Manufacturer's Championship and the Drivers Championship in the IMSA Exxon World SportsCar Championship series.
||Didier Theys of Nivelles, Belgium and Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the most experienced pilots of the Ferrari 333 SP, having competed with three different Ferrari Teams last season, including MOMO Corse, Scandia and Horag-Lista. Theys is renown in Europe in European Formula Three, the Formula Two series and World Touring Cars, and in the U.S. in indyCars, in addition to sports car racing.|
Ferrari trails Oldsmobile by a mere two points in the Manufacturer's race.
MOMO Corse driver Massimillario "Max" Papis is a mere five points behind
Driver's Championship leader Wayne Taylor. Teammate Didier Theys is third
in the driver's points battle.
With only three races left on the 1996 IMSA calendar, the stakes are high in this extremely competitive series. Taylor and Papis have battled all season long, remaining within a few points of each other all year. Theys has clearly held the third spot all season.
Going into July's Sears Point race, Papis and Taylor were tied, but Taylor's Sonoma victory brought him back into the points lead. Papis and team owner/driver Gianpiero Moretti had to settle for second, with a minute .198 second margin.
Moretti will field both the #30 MOMO / Yokohama Ferrari 333 SP and the #66 MOMO / Yokohama / Lista / Landshark Racing Ferrari 333 SP for the three-hour Mosport event. Moretti, Papis and Theys are the only three listed drivers between the two cars for the challenging 2,459 mile Mosport Park circuit.
Didier Theys' teammates in the #66 MOMO Corse Ferrari, Gerry Jackson and Fredy
Lienhard, will sit out this weekend's race. Jackson is expected to return for
the Daytona finale.
"Mad Max" Papis, in his inaugural IMSA season, has been turning heads all year. He's claimed three poles and four fastest laps, in addition to three victories in seven IMSA WSC starts. He recently signed a deal to drive and indyCar for the Arciero-Wells team for the remainder of the 1996 season and for 1997. The former Formula One driver is seeking his first IMSA championship season.
"I have tested at Mosport with the MOMO Ferrari team recently, so that should help me this weekend," said the 26 year old Papis. "This is only the third time I have tested at a circuit before racing there this year." The team tested earlier this season at Texas World Speedway and Watkins Glen.
Moretti's commitments to IMSA racing spans three decades, debuting in a Ferrari in the early 1970's, and returning to compete regularly in 1978. Moretti was instrumental in serving as liaison between IMSA and Ferrari to bring the Ferrari 333 SP to IMSA World SportsCar racing. His record includes eight IMSA victories, "Most Wins" in the Exxon World SportsCar Championship Series with six a piece.
Team Manager Kevin Doran continues to contribute greatly to the MOMO Corse team. His
Doran Enterprises operates and manages the MOMO Corse Ferrari 333 SP's for their third
year, his fourth with Moretti.
Doran has secured a total of 28 wins, Including three this year, two last year and three in 1994 with the Ferrari 333 SP, and 20 under Holbert Racing in the 1980s. His successes with IMSA over the past decades have included three wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona and three IMSA GTP championships under Holbert. Last season he helped Ferrari clinch the Manufacturer's Championship with excellent preparation of the fine Italian automobile. Doran received the prestigious "Technician of the Year" award in both 1993 and 1994.
Papis' racing background includes competing with Team Arrows last year in the F1 World Championship series, with the highest finish a seventh at the Italian Grand Prix Monza. He also has several years of experience in F3000 and Formula Three with his racing start beginning in go karting in 1981.
Yokohama Tire Corporation has combined efforts with the prestigious MOMO team this season
in their challenge of the 1996 IMSA Exxon World SportsCar Championship series. This is
Yokohama's first effort in the World SportsCar series, as they steeped up after having
recently developed the new Yokohama AVS race tire. A well-known and respected commodity
on the IMSA circuit since 1984, Yokohama seeks to improve their ultra high performance
image, and continues to use racing as a proving ground for their products. The advanced
technology learned on the track is redeveloped into their street tires, keeping Yokohama
on the cutting edge of the tire industry. The results so far this season have proved
the Yokohama / MOMO Ferrari relationship is a perfect match.
Joining MOMO Corse and Yokohama this season is Lista International. A Holliston, Mass. - based company, Lista is a world leader in the manufacture of industrial storage and office furniture. Lista International is well known in the performance racing industry for precision engineered storage systems. Lista's chairman is Fredy Lienhard. Additional sponsorship for the MOMO Corse team for 1996 comes from Breed Technology, Automobile Magazine and Brembo Brakes. - ø