Caroline B. Wright unveiled the ...
Caroline B. Wright unveiled the #00 T1 Ferrari of Houston 355 Challenge which she will enter in the 2000 Valvoline Runoff's at Mid-Ohio Oct 2-8, 2000. The sleek white Ferrari wears the dealership's signature dual racing stripes in deep blue. This will be Ferrari of Houston's first appearance at the Runoff's. The team will also be represented by Houston Region SCCA newcomer Harrison Williams. Williams enters his #0 silver/blue stripe 355 in his first Runoff's.
"The cars are magnificent, both visually and technically," says Wright. "We are very pleased with their performance during testing. The preparation of the car is second to none. Ferrari of Houston is a championship-winning Ferrari Challenge team. The dealership's technicians are seasoned race engineers. Their skills rival those of any factory-level professional racing team. I am honored to have their support."
According to Ferrari Club records, a Ferrari has not won an SCCA National Championship since 1964 when Tom O'Brian won in his D Mod Dino. 15 Ferrari's won National Championship titles between 1953-1961, including Carroll Shelby and Phil Hill. Wright, who finished 4th in the rain-soaked T2 1999 Runoff's and 7th in 1998, has high hopes for a strong finishing position. She concedes the field will be tough, but feels that both she and the car are up to the task.
"I'm going up against a three-time SCCA National Champion, a Trans Am Rookie-of-the-Year, and a top-10 Speedvision GT driver in the race," admits Caroline. "I have enormous respect for their achievements, but I'm not going to be intimidated by it. Preparation is the key. I have spent a lot of time at Mid-Ohio in the last two years, so I am very familiar with the subtle nuances of the track. I have worked with Ferrari of Houston at their track events for over 6 years, so I am very comfortable driving Ferrari's at the edge. This will be my 7th consecutive Runoff's, so I am acquainted with the mental toughness this event requires. This race is always unpredictable, so a driver should never take anything for granted. At the Runoff's, you can never be over-prepared."
Wright travels to Mid-Ohio immediately following the Texaco Havoline Grand Prix of Houston, Sept. 29 - Oct 1. This is Caroline's third year as the CART event co-anchor. The T1 SCCA National Championship race is Friday, Oct. 6 at 10:15 AM. Speedvision begins Runoff's coverage at Friday at noon.