Monday, March 12, 2018 – Highlands, NJ – After completing a successful two-day test at Sebring International Raceway in late February, Scuderia Corsa driver Frankie Montecalvo is ready to compete in his fourth Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. Montecalvo will once again team up with Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler for the 12-hour enduro.
“I love Sebring so much. I’ve raced there for a number of years now and it’s always so special to be able to go back and compete there,” explained Montecalvo.
“The history of Sebring alone is so cool, but to be able to race on that extremely bumpy, old air field where so many other legends have raced is truly an honor. It takes a lot out of the car and driver to compete there. The bumps aren’t getting any smaller so you have to be physically and mentally fit to be able to handle that over a stint. You also have to have a car that is set up to be able to withstand the bumps, the traffic, the weather and any other situation that could occur over 12 hours.”
Montecalvo, Bell and Sweedler completed a productive two-day test with Scuderia Corsa on February 22nd and 23rd. With nearly fifteen hours of run time between the two days, the trio feels confident that they have a car that will be race ready when the green flag drops on Saturday.
“Coming off of a circuit like Daytona that’s so different than Sebring, it was really important to have the two test days to get the car dialed in for the 12 hour. We learned a lot, and it was great to have so much run time to be able to try different set-ups and really get the car where we want it for race week. Overall, the test went really well, and I think we have a great starting point for the race.”
In his first outing at the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2011, Montecalvo finished P2 in the PC class with CORE Autosport. Although the 2018 GT Daytona class is one of the most competitive classes in the IMSA WeatherTech field, Montecalvo is hoping to bring home a win for Scuderia Corsa.
“I’m really happy to have another shot at a class win with Townsend and Bill. Last year we didn’t finish as well as we had hoped, but I feel like we have potential for a win this year. We have a strong line-up, and the Scuderia Corsa guys have worked extremely hard to get our car set up and ready for Sebring.”
“We saw at Daytona that we definitely have the pace to be in the top of the class, so as long as we can keep the car clean and keep our time in the pits to a minimum, I think we can come away with a win at the end of the 12 Hours at Sebring.”
On track action for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring begins Thursday, March 15 and continues through Saturday, March 17. The green flag flies at 10:40 AM EST on Saturday. You can watch the start of the race LIVE on Fox Sports 1 with coverage beginning at 10:30 AM and then switching to Fox Sports 2 at 12:30. Be sure to follow Frankie on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook to stay up to date with all of his racing news!
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