McKenzie, Ferrari of Houston sweep Ferrari Challenge at COTA

Thirty-three Ferrari 458s do battle.

With the eyes of the world on the Circuit of The Americas for the weekend’s Formula One World Championship, thirty-three Ferrari 458 Challenge Evoluziones did battle in a pair of races on the 3.4-mile circuit.

In the first race, held on Saturday afternoon, Mark McKenzie (Ferrari of Houston) and teammate Ricardo Perez (Ferrari of Houston) contested the lead throughout the 25-minute race. McKenzie completed a pass on Perez in turn one at the halfway point of the race to take the lead and ultimately prevailed to take the victory. Gregory Romanelli (The Collection) closed the gap to Perez in the closing stages and finished in third position.

In the Coppa Shell class, James Weiland (Ferrari of San Francisco) held the lead from start-to-finish with Robert Herjavec (Ferrari of Ontario) finishing in second and Austin local Ross Garber (Ferrari of San Francisco) rounding out the podium.

Race two

In the second race, held on Sunday morning before the Formula One race, saw Perez beat McKenzie into the first turn at the start to take the lead which he would not relinquish. Scott Tucker (Boardwalk Ferrari) took advantage of the first lap traffic to jump from fourth to second position, with McKenzie falling to third.

Weiland would take the Coppa Shell victory again finishing in second position and Carlos Conde (Miller Motorcars) taking third position. Green flag running during the race would be shortened due to an incident that brought out a full course caution.

Perez’s two podiums helped him to secure the Trofeo Pirelli championship, while Chris Ruud (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) clinched the Coppa Shell championship.

The final challenge for Ferrari Challenge will be the Finali Mondiali, where drivers from the Ferrari Challenge series in North America, Europe, and Asia will compete at the Yas Marina Circuit in Abu Dhabi, UAE on December 3-6.

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Series Ferrari
Drivers Scott Tucker , Carlos Conde , Mark McKenzie , Robert Herjavec , Chris Ruud , Ricardo Perez de Lara , James Weiland , Ross Garber , Gregory Romanelli
Teams Ferrari
Article type Race report
Tags ferrari north america