STERLING, VA February 13, 2002 . Scuderia Ferrari of Washington today announced that young American road racing stars Bill Auberlen and Cort Wagner have been signed to drive a Ferrari 360 GT in the 2002 Rolex Grand American series. " I have...
STERLING, VA February 13, 2002 . Scuderia Ferrari of Washington today announced that young American road racing stars Bill Auberlen and Cort Wagner have been signed to drive a Ferrari 360 GT in the 2002 Rolex Grand American series.
" I have driven a lot of GT cars but this Ferrari 360 GT has the best brakes and balance of any I have ever driven", said Wagner. "It is a delight to drive hard, lap after lap. It's extremely predictable, and I can't wait to get back in it. It's an honor to be again be associated with this incredible marque".
Auberlen added, "The Ferrari is an absolute blast to drive! The brakes and handling are first class, and I love the F-1 style shifting. Ferrari of Washington has prepared a great car, and I think Cort and I are going to win some races this year."
Auberlen has a history of track records, fastest laps, wins, and championships in both open and closed-wheel cars, and his 1995 IMSA record of seven consecutive pole positions still stands. Auberlen has scored over 30 major road racing victories, including two class wins in the same race in 1998. He joined the factory BMW team in 1998, scoring the first BMW prototype victory that year. He raced in the European ISRS, with podium finishes at Brno and Nurburgring, and drove a BMW V12 LM 98 to fifth in the 1999 24 Hours of LeMans.
Wagner, co-champion of the first Ferrari Challenge series in 1994, won the GT Pole at LeMans in 2001. He also had four GTS podiums in the GrandAmerican series, finishing fifth. Wagner won the Porsche Cup, presented to the best private Porsche racer, in 1999, along with championships in the American LeMans Series GT class and the GT3 class in the USRRC. Wagner has previous wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona, 12 Hours of Sebring and Petit LeMans, as well as numerous other tracks in North America.
The first Grand American race for the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington was the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona. With Auberlen and Wagner joined by 1990 Daytona 500 Winner Derrike Cope and 1999 Italian Touring Car Champion Costantino Bertuzzi, their Ferrari 360 GT was consistently one of the fastest cars in the GT class, although slowed to a 14th in class finish by a failed tire and transmission problems. Scuderia Ferrari of Washington is a former Dealer Champion in the Ferrari Challenge series.
Further information on Ferrari of Washington and their racing program is available online at www.fwash.com/wms.