Ferrari Challenge North America at Lime Rock Park, CT
The Ferrari Challenge Series returned to Lime Rock Park Sept, 2016 after a four year hiatus from the historic CT track. The FIA approved series was established in 1993 and began with the Ferrari 348 Challenge Cars, evolved to the 355 Challenge, then the 360 Challenge, and the 430 Challenge. Now the V8 Ferrari 458 Challenge EVOs fitted with the latest aerodynamic kit rule the Series. In 2017 the 458 Challenge EVOs will split the Series with the new Ferrari 488 Challenge Cars.
There are three Ferrari Challenge Series; in Europe, North America, and Asia-Pacific. There are four categories for each race: Trofeo Pirelli, Trofeo Pirelli Am and Coppa Shell, plus optional categories as necessary (over 55 and Ladies Cup). The World Finals – Finali Mondiali – will be at Daytona in December 2016. Ferrari dealers support the drivers; at LRP it was Miller Motorcars, Ferrari of Central FL/Tampa, Ferrari of Ft. Lauderdale, Ferrari of Vancouver, Ferrari of San Francisco, Ferrari of Ontario, Ferrari of Beverly Hills, Ferrari of Washington, and Ferrari of Long Island.
Lime Rock Park is the Northeast’s historied 1.5-mile 7-turn racing circuit. Renowned for the high speeds seen along the Sam Posey and No Name Straight, there is no racing activity allowed on Sundays, thus a shortened weekend for Ferrari. Ferrari North America closed their corporate office on Friday and held a company appreciation day at LRP led by President and CEO Edwin Fenech. Ferrari NA also had a Hospitality tent (and spa), cocktail party, and track drives for their customers on Friday and Saturday.
Vintage to modern to Supercars were on display in the paddock. In the vintage corral an eclectic field included a 1950 166 Vignale Coupe AND a 166 MM Barchetta, a 1964 500 Superfast AND a Superamerica, Ferrari 250’s, 330’s, 365’s, 275’s, 308’s and a 1989 Testarossa. New cars included the 488 GTB and 488 Spider, the F12tdf unveiled last August in Monterey, and the stunning Ferrari LaFerrari supercar. The People’s Choice Award in the vintage corral went to the 1957 Ferrari 335 Sport.
The Ferrari parking corral was a sea of street Ferraris owned by regional Ferrari Club members in attendance for the exciting Challenge races. The Dream Ride Foundation that supports and fund raises for Special Olympics brought their beautiful Ferrari hauler and exhibit of Ferrari Supercars. Always generous and inclusive, the Dream Ride team invited local Athletes from Special Olympics to enjoy the event.
Ferrari Challenge at Lime Rock, CT