Calling all sportscar enthusiasts. With just a few weeks to go until the opening round of the 2002 American Le Mans Series at Sebring, Care Racing Development is working hard to finalise plans to enter two Ferrari GTS Maranellos for the whole ...
Calling all sportscar enthusiasts.
With just a few weeks to go until the opening round of the 2002 American Le Mans Series at Sebring, Care Racing Development is working hard to finalise plans to enter two Ferrari GTS Maranellos for the whole Series.
The car, which ran so successfully in the final three rounds of last year's ALMS - winning the GTS class at Laguna Seca and battling the Corvettes right to the finish line in the ten hour Petit Le Mans event - will surely be a welcome addition to the entry lists with both competitors and fans alike.
Care's founder and owner of the Maranello programme, Frederic Dor, recognises, however, that some hurdles have to be overcome before these plans are set in stone.
"So far we have entered one car for the full season but if we could find some additional funding for a second car, we would be able to really set the GTS class alight. We know we have a fantastic car, with speed and multi race-winning potential. We have been working on a programme of reliability testing over the winter months, and I'm very confident that our cars will be a real challenge to every other GTS competitor.
"The car has been so warmly welcomed everywhere it's raced, and particularly in the US where the Ferrari name is so special. The sound of the engine makes people look up, the Ferrari red excites fans at every track, and the Maranello is a really beautiful car to look at."
"Racing is an expensive business though, and we all know that sponsorship is hard to find at the moment. I want to say yes to two cars now, but realistically I can't commit until some extra sponsorship is in place - either from a driver or from a company keen to be associated with race- winning Ferraris."
Care Racing Development is the sportscar racing division of the Care Group, a privately owned international group of companies. Formed in 2000 to undertake the development, production, sale and racing of sportscars, the objective of Care Racing Development is to provide racing teams and racing drivers who are Ferrari enthusiasts with a proven car to compete in various Championships throughout the world and to be able to meet sponsors and collectors' expectations.
Care Racing's first technical partner was Prodrive who developed for racing the Ferrari 550 Maranello GTS, followed by a collaboration with BMS Scuderia Italia. Both partnerships have been highly successful on and off the track and are continuing for 2003, together with a third - Solution F in France.