Schumacher dominated the 2002 competition, winning 11 races, scoring podium finishes in all 17 races, seven pole positions and seven fastest race laps. It was his fifth (of seven career) World Championship, and his third in a row for Ferrari.
The car is Ferrari F2002 Chassis 220. This particular chassis was driven to victory by Schumacher in the Grand Prix of Brazil, and also driven to two victories by teammate Rubens Barichello.
Helio Castroneves won the most recent IRL IndyCar Series race at St. Petersburg, after finishing second to Dan Wheldon in the Toyota Indy 300 presented by XM Satellite Radio at Homestead-Miami Speedway, when he lost in a photo finish. He has eight IRL victories and six career CART victories, and is the current IndyCar Series points leader.
Castroneves: "This is an incredible opportunity to drive a Formula One car, awesome! I'm going to go out and have a good time. It's going to be interesting when they tell me to come in -- I might not want to stop driving it."
Ferrari Challenge Details: The weekend marks the opening round of the 14th Annual North American Ferrari Challenge Series, the longest-running race series of its type and the only manufacturer-sanctioned series for owners. The Ferrari Challenge Series provides nonprofessional privateers the opportunity to compete against other Ferrari owners at world-class racing venues throughout the U.S. and Canada.
The public can enjoy the various races (F430 and 360 Challenge Stradale vehicles), as well as demonstrations of the 800+hp FXX supercar and Formula One vehicles. Spectators can peruse the paddock areas, enjoy the overall Ferrari-festival type of atmosphere and partake in the Ferrari Kart Challenge for a chance to win a spot at Ferrari's all-new North American Driving School in Mont Tremblant, Quebec.
Tickets for the Ferrari Challenge are $15 per day and can be purchased by calling (305) 230-RACE.
To cover Helio Castroneves' drive in the Michael Schumacher Ferrari, or for weekend credentials for the Ferrari Challenge, please contact Jordan Wilson at (305) 230-5210.