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.
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.
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