Washington Ferrari sweeps Grand American championships. DAYTONA BEACH, FL, NOV 11. The Girard-Perregaux sponsored Scuderia Ferrari of Washington team concluded its first season in professional racing by winning the GrandAmerican GT Team ...
Washington Ferrari sweeps Grand American championships.
DAYTONA BEACH, FL, NOV 11. The Girard-Perregaux sponsored Scuderia Ferrari of Washington team concluded its first season in professional racing by winning the GrandAmerican GT Team Championship with their Ferrari 360 GT. Bill Auberlen and Cort Wagner, the team's drivers, were co-champions in the GrandAmerican GT Drivers' competition. The team also set a new GrandAm record with five consecutive GT wins.
Wagner's championship was clinched as soon as he completed the first lap. 'It's a dream come true," said Wagner. "In a Ferrari, winning a championship, it's your boyhood dream. This whole team - every one of them - has been absolutely fabulous. And to have Girard-Perregaux, our sponsor, join us in the championship in their first year in racing just makes this perfect."
As soon as Auberlen completed one lap he joined Wagner as co-champion, the team's goal. Auberlen set the fastest GT race lap by over half a second, and was exuberant when he finished his stint. "What a championship. Unbelievable. Who would have thought Allie Ash (team owner) would have brought a brand new car, a new team, a new group of drivers and win the championship. The team, along with the drivers, have learned so much this year. By mid season we were so lethal we could hardly lose a race. These guys are just so great."
The team celebrated its success at a dinner following the race. Ash, Team Manager Glenn Marquis, Auberlen, Wagner, and Ron Jackson, President of Girard-Perregaux NA, joined to present each crew member with a special version, engraved with his name, of the new Girard-Perregaux 360 GT watch.