Penske's Ferrari, Moss' Maserati Win at Mont-Tremblant
MONT-TREMBLANT, QUEBEC (June 27) -- A famous Ferrari once raced by the Roger Penske team and a Maserati 250 F in which Sir Stirling Moss won a Grand Prix proved double winners for their current owners at the Ferrari Festival.
Lawrence Stroll drove the ex-Penske/Mark Donohue Ferrari 512 M to a pair of overall wins in the Disc Brake Group of the Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge at the picturesque Le Circuit track. Stroll's win in the Ferrari, now fully restored to it's famed blue and yellow Sunoco racing colors, also gave him the class wins over John Giordano's 512 S.
Other Disc Brake winners included Chuck Wegner in a Competition Daytona, Stephen Dudley in a 308 GT/Michelotto, Todd Morici in a 512 BB/LM, and Tom Price in his 250 GTO. Price had expected a strong challenge from Tony Wang's Birdcage Maserati, making its first appearance in the series, but various mechanical problems kept Wang from contending.
Peter Giddings had once owned 250 F chassis 2501, the ex-Moss/Jean Behra car, but had sold it years ago. He repurchased the car just in time for the Ferrari Festival, and the combination was dominant. Giddings took double victories overall in the Drum Brake Group, and class wins over Jon Shirley's 250 TR prototype and Lawrence Stroll's 250 TR. Tom Price and Chuck Wegner duplicated their Disk Group wins with Drum Brake cars, Price in an Alfa Romeo 8C 2300 Touring Spyder, and Wegner in his 625 LM.
The second round of the 2004 Consistency Challenge was won by Jon Shirley and Butch Dennison in Shirley's 250 TR prototype, barely edging Giddings, who was driving his Alfa Romeo 8C/35.
Special "Spirit of the Challenge" awards were presented by sponsors Bose and Piaggio Aero to drivers Tony and Lulu Wang, Peter Greenfield, and Peter LeSaffre.
The Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge next competes at Lime Rock Park, on July 9th and 10th.