Symphony over Daytona
Belgian Didier Theys (picture above), twice a winner of the 24 Hours of Daytona, remembers exclusively for The Human Side of Racing, his first participation at the legendary race in 1995, in a Sports-Prototype, the fabulous Ferrari 333 SP.
Didier Theys: “The Ferrari 333 SP is a sports prototype race car that was built by Dallara and later Michelotto to compete in the IMSA championship for Ferrari. Giampiero Moretti (owner of the MOMO auto parts business) had succeeded to convince Ferrari to build this car. It was a carbon and aluminium honeycomb monocoque and the engine was a 4.0 L V12 naturally aspired engine, mounted longitudinally in the middle of the car for a perfect balance.”
DT : “We were not lucky in this 1995 edition, we had to retire the car around 7am, but I remember fondly the engine at 12000 rpm on the banking, what a symphony. In 1998, I finally won the race in this wonderful 333 SP, with my team mates Giampiero Moretti, Ari Luyendyk and Mauro Baldi.”