Maranello, 27 December –The Daytona 24 Hours takes place from 26 to 29 January at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway and will feature, right from the opening round of the eponymous series two 458 Grand Am cars entered by the Risi Competizione team. Run by Giuseppe Risi, the team will benefit from the support of Ferrari of Silicon Valley (California) and Ferrari of Ontario (Canada,) the North American dealers who are entrants in the Maranello marque’s one make series. As to the driver line-up for the two cars, this will be revealed shortly.
Also taking part in the famous endurance race will be the AF Corse team, which dominated the 2011 Le Mans Series, the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup and the FIA GT3 series. At Daytona, one of their cars will be crewed by Michael Waltrip, Travis Pastrana and the other features two endurance race veterans in the shape of Rui Aguas and Robert Kauffman.
The 458 Grand Am is based on the GT3 version of the 458, the latest in a long line of racing iterations of Ferrari sports cars aimed at the American series. The cars are built to the Grand Am regulations and development of its modifications focus chiefly on gearbox, suspension, tyres and brakes. The 458 proved to be very reliable and quick right from the very first test, maintaining the qualities inherited from the road-going version on which it is based, which all augurs well for its race debut.
12/6/2011The 458 Grand Am makes its USA debut
Maranello, 6 December – The Daytona 24 Hours, which takes place from 26 to 29 January at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway will...
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