Daytona 24: Bill Auberlen to drive Ferrari at Rolex 24

STERLING, VA (January 17, 2002) -- Bill Auberlen, a previous Rolex 24 at Daytona winner and one of the few Americans ever signed by a major European factory racing team, will drive the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Ferrari 360 GT in the GT...

STERLING, VA (January 17, 2002) -- Bill Auberlen, a previous Rolex 24 at Daytona winner and one of the few Americans ever signed by a major European factory racing team, will drive the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington Ferrari 360 GT in the GT class at the 2002 Rolex 24 at Daytona.

Auberlen drove BMWs to GT wins at Daytona in 1997 and 1998, and set a Daytona track record in 1996. The young Californian 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.

Auberlen's co-drivers will include Cort Wagner, GT winner at the 1999 Rolex 24 at Daytona and 1999 ALMS GT Champion, and Costantino Bertuzzi, 1999 Italian Touring Car Champion and a test driver for Ferrari. A fourth driver will be announced in the near future.

This will be the first North American race for the Ferrari 360 GT, prepared at the Off. Michelotto G. & C. facilities in Padua, Italy. The V8-powered Ferrari is based on the 360 Modena, one of Ferrari's most popular sports cars. Scuderia Ferrari of Washington is a former Dealer Champion in the North American Ferrari Challenge series.

Information on the Rolex 24 at Daytona and the Rolex Sports Car Series in available online at www.grand-am.com. Further information on Ferrari of Washington and their racing program is available online at www.fwash.com/wms.asp.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Bill Auberlen , Cort Wagner