Homestead Ferrari Challenge 98-04-26

Papadopoulos, Cox, Rangos sweep Florida Ferrari Races Homestead, Fla., April 26. Tom Papadopoulos of Forest Hills, NY, and Chris Cox each won two races here in the first event of the 1998 Ferrari Challenge, for ...

Papadopoulos, Cox, Rangos sweep Florida Ferrari Races Homestead, Fla., April 26. Tom Papadopoulos of Forest Hills, NY, and Chris Cox each won two races here in the first event of the 1998 Ferrari Challenge, for owners of Ferrari sports cars. Alex Rangos took top honors in the one hour endurance race.

Papadopoulos, driving a Ferrari prepared by Wide World of Cars, won both 13 lap 355 Challenge races on the 2.21 mile track here. He was joined on the podium in the first race by Dr. Steve Earle, Garden City, Texas and Jim McCormick. In the second race Earle again finished second, but this time Ugo Colombo, Miami, Fla., took third place honors. All 21 starters were driving identical Ferrari 355s prepared and maintained by authorized Ferrari dealers. The cars have minimum modifications for racing, such as roll bars and racing seats and harnesses for safety. The engines are standard Ferrari 355 V-8s.

In the first North American running of the new Historic Ferrari Challenge, for vintage Ferrari race cars, the same three drivers took the overall awards in both 13 lap races. Chris Cox won both races in a 1981 Ferrari 512 BB/LM, with Lawrence Stroll, Montreal, Canada, in an identical 512 BB/LM second each time. Tom Hollfelder took a pair of thirds in his 1971 Ferrari 512M. Cox and Hollfelder were also class winners, as were Terry Jones in a 1960 Ferrari 246S, Allie Ash and Ed Davies in identical 1961 Ferrari 250 SWB Berlinettas, and Peter Giddings, Walnut Creek, Calif., in a 1932 Alfa Romeo Monza once raced by the Scuderia Ferrari.

For the first time in the Ferrari Challenge series, which has been run in North America since 1994, drivers were offered the opportunity to compete in a longer, "endurance" race for Ferrari 355s. Fourteen cars started the one hour race, which was won by Alex Rangos. Chris Cox finished second and Jim McCormick third. Both series are sponsored by Asprey, Perugina, and Saima Avundaro, and are organized by Ferrari North America.

The next event in the Ferrari Challenge will be held at Texas World Speedway, College Station, Texas, on May 9-10. The historic Ferraris will next race at Lime Rock Park, Connecticut, on June 26-27.

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Drivers Peter Giddings , Jim McCormick , Lawrence Stroll , Tom Hollfelder , Chris Cox , Tom Papadopoulos , Terry Jones