Sterling, VA, January 14. The Scuderia Ferrari of Washington, 2002 Grand American GT Team Champions, today announced their entry for the 2003 Rolex 24 at Daytona. Joining returning GT Champion Cort Wagner in the team's Ferrari 360 GT will be Brent Martini, Sylvain Tremblay, and Selby Wellman, all top drivers in the GrandAm Cup Series. The Ferrari will again be sponsored by Girard-Perregaux Watches.
"This is a first-class team," according to Glenn Marquis, SFoW Team Manager. "These guys all have the backgrounds and experience necessary to win an endurance race like the Rolex, and with the proven record of our Ferrari 360 GT we expect to be around, and very competitive, at the finish"
Wagner returns to the team after a 2002 season in which he and Bill Auberlen shattered the GrandAm GT record for consecutive wins, taking five straight victories in the Ferrari's first five races. Wagner has previous wins at the 24 Hours of Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring, won the GT Pole at LeMans in 2001, won the Porsche Cup in 1999, and was co-Champion of the first Ferrari Challenge in 1994.
Martini returned to racing in 2002 after several years devoted to business, and won the GT class at the 2002 GrandAm FInale at Daytona. He also finished second (behind the SFoW Ferrari) at the Six Hour of Watkins Glen, and took podium finishes in several Ferrari Challenge races. Martini placed on the podium in both the IMSA Street Stock series and the IMSA GT Class in 1996, only two years after he began racing.
Tremblay, who finished second in GT in the 2002 Rolex 24, was the 2001 GrandAm Cup GSII Champion, scoring seven wins. He finished second in the 1998 GS Speedvision Cup standings, third in the same series in 1997, and in 1996 won the 1996 IMSA "Rising Star" award. Tremblay has 15 years' experience in SCCA and professional racing.
Wellman shared the second place Orbit Racing Porsche with Tremblay at the 2002 Rolex 24, and finished tenth in the 2002 GrandAm Cup standings. In 2001, the first year of his pro career, Wellman placed fifth in the GrandAm Cup, with several podium finishes and two wins. Wellman began racing with the SCCA in the 1980s.