Yearly Archives: 2014

SONOMA GRAND PRIX – SONOMA, CA.

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SONOMA, Calif. – Anthony Lazzaro, in the No. 61 R.Ferri Motorsport Racing with Ferrari 458 GT3 added to his Pirelli World Challenge GT win total with a triumph in this past Sunday’s Cadillac Grand Prix of Sonoma.

Lazzaro took his second win of 2014, in Sunday’s 50-minute race. Round 14 of the 2014 season was part of the GoPro Grand Prix of Sonoma weekend at the 2.385-mile Sonoma Raceway.

The GT class action featured several high and low points, with the standing start of the 50-minute race proving one of the race’s deciding moments.

By the end of the first lap, Lazzaro was ahead of Ryan Dalziel in the No. 31 EFFORT Racing Porsche GT3 R and Robert Thorne in the No. 6 K-PAX Racing McLaren 12C GT3. The three of them ran unchallenged for most of the rest of the race.

Lazzaro won overall and in GT at an average speed of 71.786 mph, with a winning margin of victory under caution of 2.519 seconds.

“Starting with yesterday, we had a puncture. Bad luck. I’ve raced 30-odd years and it can’t be more than five flats, and this year alone I’ve had two,” Lazzaro said. “The car’s been perfect all weekend. Any day you’re driving a red Ferrari it’s a great day. From here on out, it’s all about race wins, and we got another one today.”

The win puts Lazzaro along in 3rd place in the overall championship and in striking distance to move up on the leaders.

The Pirelli World Challenge concludes its 2014 season at Miller Motorsports Park, Sept. 12-13, in Tooele, Utah outside Salt Lake City. The GT class will run Rounds 15 and 16.

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Next Stop: Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio, Lexington, OH

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R.Ferri Motorsport heads to Mid-Ohio this weekend for the GT Rounds 11 and 12 of the Pirelli World Challenge on August 1-3. Coming off of a 5th and 2nd place finish on the streets of Toronto, Anthony Lazzaro, in the #61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 is looking to make up some ground in the overall points Driver GT Championship as he currently sits in 5th place.Toronto_Ferri_TGP_5238

 

Anthony will be fighting hard this weekend as he looks to secure two podium finishes while his teammate Nick Mancuso is out this weekend following a pair of unlucky accidents in Toronto.

“Overall our team had some tough luck in Toronto but we were able to finish the 2nd race strong with a 2nd place podium finish. I’m looking to carry that momentum into Mid-Ohio,” said Lazzaro.

The Pirelli World Challenge Series Honda Indy 200 at Mid-Ohio kicks off with Qualifying at 8am and race #1 at 11:55am both on Saturday, August 2nd. The weekend concludes on Sunday, August 3rd with race #2 at 1:40pm. All times Eastern.

 

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Ferrari Challenge – Montreal, QC

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Ricardo Perez and Carlos Gomez take top two spots in each race Chris Ruud and Robert Herjavec exchange victories in Coppa Shell category 28 examples of the Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione race just before Canadian Grand Prix June 9, 2014 (Englewood Cliffs, N.J.) – On the circuit named for former Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 driver Gilles Villeneuve, the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli set the stage for an exciting Canadian Grand Prix with two exciting races of its own. The round at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, set on the Ile Notre-Dame in Montreal, Quebec, saw a strong field of 28 examples of the Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluzione take part in the weekend’s races.

The first race, held on Saturday afternoon, saw polesitter Damon Ockey (Ferrari of Ontario) lead the field to the green flag ahead of John Farano and Ricardo Perez. However, An incident on the sixth lap of the race dropped Ockey down the order, allowing Perez to take command of the race ahead of Carlos Gomez and Emmanuel Anassis.

Perez would take the victory ahead of Gomez, who set the fastest lap of the race, while Anassis held of a hard-charging Farano for the final spot on the podium.

In the Coppa Shell category, Chris Ruud scored victory ahead of James Weiland. Robert Herjavec (Ferrari of Ontario) executed a late-race pass on Jon Becker for the final spot on the Coppa Shell podium.

In the second race of the weekend, held just before the start of Sunday’s Canadian Grand Prix, Perez led from the start and withstood heavy pressure from Gomez to sweep the weekend,and claim his fourth win of the season. Ockey finished in third, just beating Marc Muzzo (Ferrari of Ontario) to the line. Gomez would again set the fastest lap of the race. In the Coppa Shell division, Herjavec scored his first victory of the year . Early leader Ruud lost his lead after contact, but recovered to finish in third position. Finishing in second position was Becker.

The next round of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli will be on June 27-29, at Circuit Mont Tremblant in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.

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About the Ferrari Challenge Series

Regarded as the longest-running racing series of its type, in 2013 the Ferrari Challenge Series celebrated its 20th season in North America. The series enables owners of Ferrari F458 Challenge cars to compete against each other at world-class race tracks throughout the Americas. Drivers compete for trophies in two categories – the Trofeo Pirelli and the Coppa Shell. The Ferrari Challenge Series is organized by Ferrari North America, and is sanctioned by IMSA.

About Ferrari North America
Ferrari North America, Inc. is headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, NJ, and is the exclusive North, Central, and South American importer of Ferrari vehicles including the 458 Italia, 458 Spider, the California and FF Grand Tourers, the F12 berlinetta and LaFerrari. The current product line-up comes with the Ferrari complimentary seven-year maintenance program, which covers all factory-scheduled maintenance procedures including labor, related genuine parts and approved lubricants.

 

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Barber Motorsports Park, Birmingham, AL

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Birmingham, Ala. (April 28, 2014) – There was a win and two other podium placing’s for R.Ferri Motorsport Racing with Ferrari in the third round of the Pirelli World Challenge held at the Barber circuit in Alabama over the weekend.

On Saturday, Anthony Lazzaro and Nick Mancuso made it a pair of wins for R. Ferri Motorsports in GT and GT-A, at the Pirelli World Challenge Barber Motorsports Park Presented by RECARO, Round 3 of the 2014 season.

“I felt it was only a matter of time before we would put together a complete race with a 1st place finish for our #61 car,” said Remo Ferri, Team Principle. “Both cars were fantastic all weekend long. Anthony and Nick along with the whole team bonded well together which lead to an excellent trouble free performance for both cars. We’re already focusing on the next race in Detroit as we continue to strive for our overall goal of winning the championship.”

Lazzaro, of Atlanta, Ga., took his first series win in the No. 61 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3, which improves on his results of fourth and third in the first two races of the year. After starting second, Lazzaro ran behind teammate Mancuso all day but made a sterling pass through traffic on Lap 17 to take the lead. While the pair was going through slower cars, Lazzaro made it to Mancuso’s outside, but the inside of a slower car, to gain the lead through the left-handed Turn 5 hairpin to secure the top spot, a spot he held until the end of the 32-lap race.

“It came down to traffic, it was very hard to pass and super, super tight racing,” Lazzaro said. “It was a great race. Once I got out in front I thought I could pull away, and fortunately that happened. “It’s a huge deal for Remo (Ferri) to come to the third race and podium with both cars, after having both cars on the front row,” he added. “We knew we’d be good here. We had a great setup for the race; it’s the best yet we’ve performed.” Mancuso, of Chicago, ultimately fell back to third overall, but still top GT-A classified driver in the No. 16 R. Ferri Motorsports Ferrari 458 Italia GT3. He started on the Motul Pole Position for the first time this season. He nearly got second back from Long Beach winner Johnny O’Connell, of Flowery Branch, Ga., in the No. 3 Cadillac Racing Cadillac CTS.V-R on the final lap. Mancuso dove to the inside at Turn 5 of O’Connell, but his line ran wide and O’Connell held onto the position. “At the end there, I had to try it. I would have stayed up all night thinking about it if I didn’t,” Mancuso said. “But it’s definitely a great day when you can get two podiums in the same day for the first time.” Lazzaro came close to doing the double in race 2 on Sunday, but had to give best to the Audi of Andrew Palmer from Chicago, just 531 thousandths of a second separating them at the line. Behind them, yet again it was a fight between O’Connell and Mancuso, with the Cadillac driver just beating Mancuso by a whisker to stand on the bottom rung of the podium. After Barber, Lazzaro leads the points in GT with 439, O’Connell is second on 393, while Mancuso sits in 6th with 309 points. GT, GT-A and GTS teams and drivers now head to Detroit and the Cadillac V-Series Challenge at Belle Isle, part of the Chevrolet Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, May 30-June 1 for Rounds 5 and 6 of the Championships.

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About R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI: Led by Remo Ferri, R.Ferri Motorsport Racing with Ferrari is in its first full season of competition in the Pirelli World Challenge. Founded in 1991, R.Ferri Motorsport is a professional Canadian racing team headquartered in Toronto, Ontario and races in partnership with the Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles including Ferrari of Ontario, Toronto and Alberta. R.Ferri Motorsport also provides technical, racing, and logistical support for six Ferrari 458s that take part in the North American Ferrari Challenge along with other exclusive customer track events. Learn more at www.rferrimotorsport.com.

Team Sponsors: Ferrari of Ontario/Ferrari of Alberta: Canada’s premier authorized Ferrari dealership group specializing in new and pre-owned sales, Classiche designation work, collision repair, factory-trained service and original parts. Ferrari of Ontario and Ferrari of Alberta are part of the Remo Ferri Group. One of Canada’s leading sports and luxury automotive groups. For more information please visit www.ferrariofontario.com Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles: The Remo Ferri Group of Automobiles owns and operates nine dealerships representing 14 automotive brands in Ontario and Alberta. Owned and operated by Remo Ferri since 1976, the group continually delivers excellence in automotive sales and customer service and strives to be the best quality, sports, performance, and luxury automotive group in Canada. For more information please visit www.remoferrigroup.com

Ferrari Lake Forest:
Ferrari Lake Forest is a world-class, luxury automotive dealership within the Lake Forest Sportscars dealer group located in the Chicagoland area. The success of Ferrari Lake Forest lies not only in the DNA of its cars, but also the people who stand behind it- the Mancuso family. Having been in the automotive business since 1923, it is now the fourth generation of Mancusos who are carrying on the family tradition of selling quality automotive products with exceptional customer service. For more information, please visit www.FerrariLakeForest.com

About Pirelli World Challenge Series: The Pirelli World Challenge series is one of North America’s top production car-based racing championships. Divided into four separate categories (Pirelli World Challenge GT, Pirelli World Challenge GTS, Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car and Pirelli World Challenge Touring Car B-Spec), each race features thrilling standing starts, adrenaline filled door-to-door action and world-class drivers.

For Media Inquiries, please contact: Robert Vacca (905) 265 7155
Email: rvacca@remoferrigroup.com

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Firestone Grand Prix of St.Petersburg, St.Petersburg, FL

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Despite limited testing and an all-new series for the team, R. Ferri Motorsports took an impressive second in the GT-A category and fourth and fifth overall in their Pirelli World Challenge debut.

“We would have liked a better finish from the weekend, but overall I am very pleased with the performance of our team,” said Remo Ferri, team principle. “Nick had a very strong race and I’m happy for his podium finish. Our cars performed well. We will tweak them for Long Beach and I’m confident that we will have an even better result for our next race”.

While not new to professional motorsports, 2014 presents a landmark year for the Toronto-based team. Having entered the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex SportsCar Series (now IMSA) in a partnership with another organization, 2014 will signify the team’s first year as a completely independent team at a top professional level. The team also supports a number of entries in the Ferrari Challenge North America.

Having only three days of testing prior to heading to the tricky streets of St. Petersburg, the team brought their No. 61 Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia of Anthony Lazzaro and their No. 16 Ferrari 458 GT3 Italia of Nick Mancuso ready for battle. Unsure of just how the car would fair against a very deep contingent of cars, the team was off to a great start in Friday practice when both drivers would set times within the top five.

With the very experienced Lazzaro qualifying on the front row, and Mancuso only one second behind to take sixth, a rained-out Saturday race would mean both drivers would have Sunday morning’s event to discover what their cars had for the field.

With the series-signature standing start looming on everyone’s mind, the team had some trepidation heading into the event as their cars were not equipped with any sort of launch-control device. Many of the other marques feature such systems which enable a car to maximize its ability to accelerate from a standstill, meaning both R. Ferri drivers took the green light focused on getting the most out of their machines.

For Lazzaro, who had driven a number of standing starts en route to his Toyota Atlantic championship in 1999, a perfect start would enable him to take the lead heading into the first turn.

Running a strong series of laps, the Ferrari’s ultimate pace showed comfortably, however, a mild understeer combined with contact in GTS traffic would damage the car slightly allowing the Charleston native to bring the car home, but ultimately in fourth overall.

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“As a team we learned a lot,” said Lazzaro. “We were decent throughout the weekend and getting such a great start was the highlight of my race. With Nick finishing right behind me I think the team made a great showing. I know what Remo Ferri is building, and the future is very bright indeed.”

For Nick Mancuso competing in the GT-A category, a classification designated for drivers who do not make a full-time living in motorsports, great driving was highlighted by a second place in his class.

After ending Friday practice in fourth overall and first in class, the Chicago native would start from the third row on Sunday with the knowledge of a strong possibility for victory in GT-A.

Despite lacking a launch-control system, Mancuso also made a great start when the green light flashed jumping to third in the first turn and engaging in a number of great battles as the race soldiered on. As things began to settle in, the fight for third overall between Mancuso and the No. 21 Audi R8 LMS ultra of Andrew Palmer would end up becoming the fight for the GT-A category victory with the Ferrari’s straight-line speed being matched by the braking and cornering of the Audi.

After several back and forth battles, tire wear for the No. 16 would push Mancuso into a conservative final few laps eventually settling for second in class and fifth overall.

“If this is our starting point I think we’re in pretty good shape, we’re only going to get faster!” said Mancuso. “I have to say a huge thanks to the R.Ferri Motorsports guys, it’s truly incredible what Remo has put together in such a short time. Friday night these guys were at the track until 2am and back working on the cars at 6am for qualifying. Clearly they want to win as bad as I do so I’m sure good things will come this season.”

With little time off, the entire Pirelli World Challenge championship will be back in action next weekend on the other side of the continent at the famed Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. Practice will begin on Friday, April 11, with the race taking place on Sunday, April 13.

Television coverage for this weekend’s race can be found on NBC Sports Network on Sunday, April 6, at 5:30PM ET.

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R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI Announce 2-car entry into 2014 Pirelli World Challenge

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R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI Announce 2-car entry into 2014 Pirelli World Challenge; Anthony Lazzaro and Nick Mancuso Team Drivers.

Toronto, ON – Remo Ferri, Team principal of R.Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI officially announced today that he will run a two-car team in the 2014 Pirelli World Challenge Series with a pair of Ferrari 458 GT3 cars. Accomplished sports car drivers Anthony Lazzaro and Nick Mancuso will pilot the teams’ entries in the series beginning with the St. Petersburg Grand Prix on March 28 – 30.

“After previously running in the American Le Mans and Grand-Am series, we are excited to run this year in the Pirelli World Challenge Series. This is an ideal series for us to showcase our Canadian motorsports program in North America. Together with Rick Mancuso from Ferrari Lake Forest and with the support from Ferrari North America and the factory, I feel confident that we can be a very strong team and compete for the championship as I know we have a great car,” said Ferri. “After running the Ferrari 458 GT in the Grand-Am series last year, I feel very good about our cars and running the program under the Canadian Flag.”

“I am very excited about our team and the results from our recent testing program. Our expectation is to continue with the success of Ferrari Sports Car racing worldwide as it is part of our DNA. I’ve been involved with Ferrari and racing since the early 70’s and it is a great part of my life.”

Anthony Lazzaro will be behind the wheel of the Ferrari 458 Italia #61 car. He was a regular with Ferrari in the GRAND-AM & American Le Mans series and brings a wealth of experience to the team. “Having raced for Remo in the past, I’m looking forward to racing in the Pirelli World Challenge. It’s exciting that Remo is building a new team that will support both the World Challenge and the Ferrari Challenge. I think this is the future of Ferrari of Ontario and R Ferri Motorsports and I’m happy to be part of it,” said Lazzaro.

#16 car driver Nick Mancuso is the son of long time Ferrari Lake Forest Owner and President Rick Mancuso. Nick is a young aggressive driver who will be making his mark in the competitive GT-A class. “I couldn’t be more excited to be joining R. Ferri Motorsport for the 2014 season! My driving career has taken me in many different directions, but finally getting behind the wheel of a Ferrari race car is not only a huge honor, but a bit of a homecoming as well since I grew up around the Ferrari brand. I’d love to take home the Rookie of the Year title while contributing points towards a championship; so that’s what I’ve set my sights on for my first full year in the series,” said Mancuso.

The 2014 Pirelli World Challenge GT season consists of 9 rounds at nine prestigious venues across North America, starting March 28-30 on the streets at St. Petersburg, Fla. Included in the schedule is the home race for R.Ferri Motorsport at the Honda Indy in downtown Toronto on July 18-20.

Every Pirelli World Challenge race is broadcast on TV by the NBC Sports Network.

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