Tuesday, March 12, 2019 – Highlands, NJ –After a month-long break since the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech season opener at Daytona, AIM/Vasser Sullivan driver Frankie Montecalvo is ready to return to action at the 67th running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring.
Montecalvo, who finished second in class at the Rolex 24 in January alongside teammates, Townsend Bell, Aaron Telitz and Jeff Segal, is ready to get back behind the wheel of the No. 12 Lexus RC F GT3 and bring home another podium finish.
“Coming away from Daytona with a second place finish gives us great momentum moving forward to the Sebring 12 Hour. However, Sebring is one of the absolute toughest races on the calendar for the car and the drivers, so even though we’re happy to have had a great finish at Daytona, we are all fully focused on the task we have ahead of us this weekend,” explained Montecalvo.
“We completed a one-day test at Sebring in February which was very beneficial. Since Daytona is a tri-oval, we needed to reconfigure the set-up for a proper road course as well as the bumps that Sebring is known for.”
“After Daytona, we also learned that we needed to manage our tires differently in order to optimize tire life and wear. Taking part of the test really helped us with this and allowed us to get ahead of the curve for race week. I think we should be able to roll off the truck with a great race car and continue to build off of the setup we worked on at the test throughout this next week.”
Montecalvo will team up with full season co-driver Townsend Bell as well as Endurance Cup driver Aaron Telitz for the 67th running of the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring. This will mark Telitz’s first appearance at Sebring. Bell has competed at Sebring a number of times and has a GTC class win. This will be Montecalvo’s fifth appearance at the 12 Hour. His best finish was P2 in the PC Class in 2011.
“I’ve had mixed results at Sebring since I began competing in the 12 Hour. We finished P2 at my first race at Sebring. I’ve had top five finishes in class, but I’ve also had times where we didn’t finish at all. It is definitely one of the hardest races for the team, car and drivers, but that’s also what makes it so rewarding if you can come away with a strong finish. I’m grateful to my co-drivers and AIM/Vasser Sullivan teammates for a great start to the 2019 season, and I’m hopeful that we can come away from Sebring one step higher than we finished at Daytona, with a win!”
On track action for the Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring begins Thursday, March 14 and continues through Saturday, March 16. The race starts at 10:40 AM ET on Saturday. Broadcast coverage begins on Saturday at 10:30 AM ET on CNBC. Be sure to follow Frankie on Facebook and Twitter to stay up to date with current broadcast times as well as all of Frankie’s racing news.
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