Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 15. Dr. Steve Earle, a former Ferrari Challenge champion, returned to the series today and took a convincing win at the Challenge race held just before the Air Canada Grand Prix. Earle, who had twice previously won...
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, June 15. Dr. Steve Earle, a former Ferrari Challenge champion, returned to the series today and took a convincing win at the Challenge race held just before the Air Canada Grand Prix. Earle, who had twice previously won the Challenge race held on the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, started in third position and moved up to second shortly after the start. Earle stalked Doug Peterson (Shelton Sports Cars), who had started second, and was able to take the lead well before the halfway point of the 15 lap race. Earle, who races for the Ferrari of Houston team, was then able to pull away to the win.
Peterson maintained second place to the checkered flag, but the battle was behind him for third. Pole-sitter and current points leader Jim Kenton lost the lead to Peterson in the first turn of the first lap, and was passed by Earle shortly after. Kenton, a former champion who races for the Ferrari of Washington team, then battled with Emmanuel Annassis, a crowd favorite as the only Montreal driver competing in the Challenge. Annassis (Ferrari of Quebec) passed Kenton at least three times, but each time Kenton was able to regain the position, and took the final podium spot at the checkered flag. The trophies were presented by Jean Todt, Sporting Director for Ferrari.
Participants in the Ferrari Challenge compete in specially-built racing versions of the Ferrari 360 Modena, with preparation and race support handled by teams formed by authorized Ferrari dealers in North America. The next event in the series will be at Lime Rock Park on July 10-12, celebrating the tenth anniversary of the Ferrari Challenge in North America.