Wednesday, March 17, 2021 – Highlands, NJ – Vasser Sullivan driver Frankie Montecalvo is ready to take on the 69thrunning of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring on Saturday, March 20. Montecalvo will be joined by full season co-driver Zach Veach and Endurance Cup driver Robert Megennis.
“I’m excited to get back to racing this weekend at the 12 Hours of Sebring. It feels like it’s been a long time out of the car since Daytona,” explained Montecalvo.
“We tested at Sebring once over the past month and a half since Daytona, but I’m excited to be back here to go racing this time. We focused on getting Zach and Robert seat time and comfortable with the bumps when we were here for testing since they have never driven the 12 Hours of Sebring before. We didn’t run the full circuit, so I’m looking forward to running the normal configuration this week.”
“Sebring is such a demanding track. The old, bumpy surface of the track can take a toll on the suspension and the brakes. There’s a little bit of everything with high-speed corners, and low speed corners so it really starts to wear down everything after 12 hours on the track.”
“That being said, the Lexus RC F GT3 is made for a track like Sebring and handles the bumps, varying corners, and changing conditions, like extreme heat or rain, exceptionally well. We’ve seen how great our car has been here in the past. We were leading last year’s Sebring 12 before encountering some bad luck that essentially took us out of the race, but we know we have the potential to win here.”
“Even though this race is half the distance of the Rolex 24, I think it’s harder on the car and the driver. It’s quite warm and humid in the middle of Florida during this time of the year, too. To get out there and be super-hot in the car and bouncing around, it starts to take a toll on your body.”
While Montecalvo has finished on the podium at the taxing 12-hour enduro, he has never won Sebring. He is hopeful that will change this weekend.
“The Vasser Sullivan team has done a phenomenal job to get our No. 12 Lexus ready to go for this weekend’s race. I feel confident with all of the improvements we made at the test a few weeks ago, and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead this weekend. I’ve never been on the top step of the podium at Sebring, but this is one I’d really like to win. We know what we need to do, and now it’s time to execute it this weekend!”
On track action for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring begins Thursday, March 18, and continues through the weekend. Coverage for the Sebring 12 will start at 10:00 AM ET on NBC Sports. You can watch Live on NBC Sports Network from 10 AM – 12 PM and 7 PM – 10:30 PM or on NBC TrackPass throughout the entire 12 hours. Be sure to follow Frankie on Facebook and Twitter to keep up with current broadcast times and all of Frankie’s racing news.
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