Austin, 31 October – This weekend marks the season’s eighth and final race for the North American Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli. Thirty-six examples of the 458 Challenge EVO will race alongside the open wheels of Formula One United States Grand Prix at the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas, from October 31 to November 2. Drivers from the U.S., Canada, Mexico and Puerto Rico will showcase the true racing passion behind the Cavallino Rampante.
Between history and reputation, the 2014 season encompassed the truest motorsports experience. The new EVO kit on the Challenge car was first debuted with a support race at the famed Daytona 24 Hours. From there teams and Ferraristi traveled to the wine valley of Sonoma and coastline of Laguna Seca in northern California. Subsequent races were held in Montreal and Mont Tremblant, Canada, before returning stateside to the notable tracks at Road America and Watkins Glen International.
Mexican Ricardo Perez (Ferrari of Houston) drove ardently this season, standing on the podium at least once at each race. He leads the Trofeo Pirelli class with 193 points. Behind him, the Ockey brothers from Ferrari of Ontario, Damon and Ryan, stand in second and third place with 151 and 145 points respectively. But Emmanuel Anassis, who joined midway through the season, isn’t too far behind with just a 2-point difference with Ryan Ockey. In the Coppa Shell division, Chris Ruud (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) has had the most success, leading his class with 235 points. Jon Becker (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) stands in second place with 153 points and Robert Herjavec (Ferrari of Ontario) is third with 132 points.
The first of the two races this weekend will take place Saturday afternoon at 3:00 PM CDT, with the second adrenaline-packed race scheduled for Sunday at 11:00 AM CDT, preceding the Formula One United States Grand Prix at 2:00 PM CDT.