The beautiful cars of the Ferrari Challenge North America series returned to Infineon raceway for their seventh consecutive year this past weekend and their 20th year overall. The weekend was highlighted by the return of the purpose-built Ferrari 458 Challenge. The Ferrari 458 Challenge made its debut last year in Sonoma, and is the fifth and latest generation of the Ferrari Challenge car. Adding to the weekends excitement is the Corse Clienti Department’s XX and F1 Clienti programs will also provide onlookers with further excitement over the weekend.
One familiar face who competed during the weekend was Robert Herjavec, star of ABC TV’s Shark Tank, unfortunately his weekend was cut short after an accident on Saturday, with his vehicle badly damaged it was unable to take to the track on Sunday. What makes this event so great is the access to the vehicles the spectators get. Infineon and Ferrari provide visitors to the race an open paddock area which is very rarely seen in one racing these days. Being able to get up close and personal with an Ex-F1 car can be quite a sight for an F1 fan, but nothing compares to the sound you hear when one accelerates away.
The Ferrari Challenge Series is organized by Ferrari North America, Inc. and sanctioned by the Grand American Road Racing Association. Complete Ferrari Challenge information can be found on www.ferrarichallenge.com.
With this being essentially a one marque series this lent itself to some great wheel to wheel racing. You can catch the series at Laguna Seca between the 18th and the 20th of May, before they head to Montreal for the Canadian Grand Prix in June. The results for last weekends race can be found here for Saturday, and here for Sunday.