VIR: Scuderia Ferrari of Washington preview

DULLES, VA, September 30. In 2002 the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington scored a record-setting five consecutive GT wins en route to the GrandAm team and drivers championships. When drivers Brent Martini and Cort Wagner took their Ferrari 360 GT to...

DULLES, VA, September 30. In 2002 the Scuderia Ferrari of Washington scored a record-setting five consecutive GT wins en route to the GrandAm team and drivers championships. When drivers Brent Martini and Cort Wagner took their Ferrari 360 GT to a victory at Mont-Tremblant on September 21, they put the Scuderia in a position to tie that record. This weekend's VIR 400 could be an important step, but the team is not focusing on that goal.

"We're looking toward the 2003 Championship," said Martini, "and a win at VIR is important for that reason. VIR is one of the most challenging tracks we face, and we expect some real competition. I think we're cautiously confident, but we have to do everything just right."

The Scuderia retired its record-setting 2002 Ferrari 360 GT to backup status, and is using a newer version of the car. "The Ferraris are almost identical," explained Wagner, "but the new car has all the little development bits and tricks. Most of these things are minor, but in a long race like the VIR 400 every little thing helps. I think we're as ready as we can be."

Martini and Wagner have taken six wins so far in the 2003 GrandAm season, and are leading the GT Drivers' Championship with two races remaining. The Scuderia Ferrari of Washington leads the team standings.

Girard-Perregaux watches remains the Scuderia's primary sponsor; their limited edition "360 GT" chronograph was created to recognize the team and its Ferrari racer.

Market Scan Information Systems has joined the Scuderia as a major sponsor. The company, founded in 1988, is an innovation leader in developing financing software solutions for automotive retailers.

Associate sponsors for the Scuderia's 2003 season are the Peris Companies, Putnam Leasing, and Tubi Style. The Peris Companies was founded in 1991 as a tenant interiors contractor, but has evolved into one of Washington, D.C.'s top regional construction service companies. Putnam Leasing, with offices in Greenwich, Connecticut and Scottsdale, Arizona, is one of the oldest specialty vehicle leasing companies in the United States, with extensive experience in the Ferrari market. Tubi Style is the leading after-market supplier of sporting exhaust systems for Ferraris and other exotic cars.

The VIR 400 will be broadcast on a delayed basis on the SPEED channel, beginning at 4PM on Sunday, October 5th. Live timing and scoring data will be available at www.grandamerican.com on the Internet.

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Series Grand-Am
Drivers Brent Martini