Maranello, 21 January –This weekend at Daytona marks the start of a long season for the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, the one-make series which has been running for 22 years on the most beautiful circuits in the world with gentlemen drivers at the wheel of cars built in Maranello.
Once again this year, it is run in three championships, Europe, Asia Pacific and North America. The 2014 Challenge gets underway on a track with particularly close links to Ferrari’s history. At Daytona, Prancing Horse cars have taken five outright wins in the Sports-Prototype races of which one, the 1967 event, has become one of the iconic moments in the company’s history, and which gave rise to the name Daytona being bestowed on the 365 GTB/4 road car.
The calendar for the North American series is made up of eight rounds, including those at Laguna Seca, Montreal and Watkins Glen and will end in December with the traditional Finali Mondiali, which for the first time is being held outside Europe, in Abu Dhabi.
Over 30 cars are entered at Daytona this weekend, for two races which, for the first time, feature the 458 Challenge Evoluzione car, which was shown to owners last November at the Mugello circuit. Two of the top three in the 2013 North American championship – John Farano (Ferrari of Beverley Hills) and Damon Ockey (Ferrari of Ontario) will line up for the first round. The first of the two races will take place on Friday morning, with the second on Saturday morning, shortly before the start of the 24 Hours, the first round of the new TUSCC (TUDOR Sports Car) Championship.