Press Release - 8/28/96
Momo Corse Ferraris Challenge the Streets of Dallas
DALLAS, TEXAS -- The exciting season-long battle between MOMO / Yokohama Ferrari 333 SP driver Massimiliano "Mad Max" Papis and Oldsmobile's Wayne Taylor comes to the streets of Dallas, Texas this weekend for the thrilling Grand Prix of Dallas Presented by Exxon SUPERFLO©
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 1994 and ‘94.
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.
The IMSA Exxon World SportsCar Championship series has had some of the
closest races in IMSA history this year as Ferrari, Oldsmobile, Ford
and other manufacturers have dueled one another across the U.S.
Taylor has a single point lead over the young Italian Papis in the
1996 IMSA Exxon World SportsCar Championship. MOMO Corse Ferrari teammate
Didier Theys has a solid third coming into this weekend's race.
Last weekend at Mosport, Canada, Papis and Theys teamed for second place, as Dyson Ford teammates Butch Leitzinger and John Paul Jr. collected their first victory of the season. MOMO team owner / driver Gianpiero Moretti took third in his Ferrari.
This weekend the MOMO Corse team ins on the hunt for championship points for Papis, Theys and Ferrari. The #30 MOMO/Yokohama Ferrari 333 SP is entered for Maxs in his championship quest and the #66 Ferrari will be piloted by Theys on the 1.5 temporary Dallas street circuit.
Papis, in his Inaugural IMSA season, has been turning heads all year. He's claimed four poles and four fastest laps, in addition to three victories, three seconds, a third and a fifth in eight IMSA Exxon WSC starts.
He recently signed a deal to drive an IndyCar for the Arciero-Wells
team for the remainder of the 1996 season.
"I like street circuits and am looking forward to Dallas," said the 26 - year - old Papis. "I raced on the streets of Monte Carlo when I was in Formula 3000, but have not raced in any street races in the U.S."
Papis' racing background includes competing with Team Arrows last year in the F1 World Championship series, with his 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.
Didier Theys of Nivelles, Belgium and Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the most experienced pilots of the 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. His 1996 IMSA record includes two second place finishes, one third, two fourths and three fifths in eight starts. He also claims one pole and two fastest laps, all IMSA Exxon WSC records.
Team owner/driver Moretti will sit out the Dallas race. His
commitment to IMSA racing spans three decades, debuting in a
Ferrari in the early 1970s, 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. Moretti's record includes eight IMSA victories, 64 Top Five
and 114 Top Ten finishes in 172 career starts. Moretti and James
Weaver are currently tied for "Most Wins" in the Exxon World SportsCar
Championship Series with six apiece.
Team Manager Kevin Doran continues to contribute greatly to the MOMO Corse team. His Doran Enterprises operates and manages the MOMO Corse Ferrari 333 SPs for their third year, his fourth with Moretti.
Doran has secured a total of 26 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 decade have included three wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona and three IMSA GTP championships under Holbert.
This is Yokohama's first effort in the World SportsCar series, as they
stepped 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