Austin, 2 November – The 2014 season came to an end today with the final round of the North American Ferrari Challenge at the Circuit of The Americas. Although a majority of the race was under caution due to two incidents, the Prancing Horses competed amidst the crowds and enthusiasm of the United States Grand Prix.
Ricardo Perez from Ferrari of Houston not only finished first in today’s race, but also claimed the overall championship for Trofeo Pirelli. Starting second on the grid after yesterday’s finish, Perez quickly overtook his teammate and local Austenite, Mark McKenzie, at the infamous first hairpin turn. Unfortunately, an incident between Henrik Hedman (Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale) and Ross Garber (Ferrari of San Francisco) in the first lap on Turn 3, initiated the first full-course caution of the day. Scott Tucker from Boardwalk Ferrari would ultimately finish second behind Perez and McKenzie in third.
James Weiland (Ferrari of San Francisco) and Robert Herjavec (Ferrari of Ontario) found themselves again on the steps of the podium with a respective first and second place finish for Coppa Shell. Carlos Conde, driving for Miller Motorcars, finished in third . As for Chris Ruud from Ferrari of Beverly Hills, he took away the overall victory with a championship win for his class.
The 458 Challenge EVO cars will be back on the track next month at the Finali Mondiali. This is the first time Corse Clienti will be hosting its World Finals outside of European soil, racing at Abu Dhabi’s Yas Marina Circuit from December 3 to 6.