A new team, Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas, will contest the Pirelli World Challenge in 2018 with a Ferrari 488 GT3 driven by Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella.
The team is the result of the collaboration between Lapo Elkann and Ronnie Vogel, underneath the umbrella of Garage Italia, the creative hub founded and directed by the Italian entrepreneur.
The car will participate in the SprintX division of the series with both drivers, while Fuentes will also take part in the remaining races of the championship competing in GTA class.
Fuentes said: “I’m very excited to be part of this team in one of the world's best GT Championship in the world hand in hand with Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas and Hublot racing with a car as special as only a Ferrari can be. Looking forward to a great season.”
Swiss watchmaker Hublot, Alpha Prime and Italian Independent will be the team's sponsors. The car’s livery was presented today in Fiorano, created by Garage Italia's designers, and is inspired by the Italian and the Mexican flags.
“Getting on the track with Garage Italia's team in the Pirelli World Challenge championship makes me extremely proud,” said Elkann, Garage Italia's Founder and Creative Director. “Ronnie Vogel is - first of all - a good friend of mine and I am glad to start this adventure in the motorsport industry together with Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas.
“I do love challenges: my passion for competitions and speed has always been a part of my life and I am excited to the idea that a Ferrari with a livery branded by Garage Italia Style Center's designers will run in such a prestigious championship.
“I am sure that drivers Martin Fuentes and Caesar Bacarella will hold the colors of Italy, Mexico and USA up high all over the world.”