GIDDINGS, MORICI, PRICE SCORE AT WET LIME ROCK SHELL HISTORICS (LAKEVILLE, CT, JULY 9) Peter Giddings and Todd Morici, past champions with two of the best winning records in the history of the Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic...
GIDDINGS, MORICI, PRICE SCORE AT WET LIME ROCK SHELL HISTORICS
(LAKEVILLE, CT, JULY 9) Peter Giddings and Todd Morici, past champions with two of the best winning records in the history of the Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge series, extended those records today at Lime Rock Park. Running a compressed schedule which saw two days' racing on Saturday after Friday's schedule was canceled due to heavy rain, the pair each took a pair of overall and class wins. Tom Price had perhaps the most impressive day, setting a series record by taking four wins in a single day. Price further extending his lead in both the Drum and Disc group standings.
In the first pair of races, originally scheduled for Friday and run on Saturday morning, Giddings had pole position, and used his ex-Sir Stirling Moss Maserati 250F to lap the entire field in the 20 minute race. Price finished second to Giddings and took the first of his four class wins, this time in a Maserati 200 SI. Peter LeSaffre was third overall behind the Maserati pair, and won his class driving a 250 GT LWB "Tour de France" berlinetta. Peter Greenfield rounded out the top four and the class winners as well in his pre-War Alfa Romeo 8C/35, a car raced by Tazio Nuvolari for the Scuderia Ferrari in 1935.
Three Ferrari 512 BB/LMs headed the grid for the second race, for the later disc-braked Ferraris, driven by Morici, Jim Fuchs, and Kurt Schultz. The three were substantially faster than the balance of the grid, but Morici led the entire race, with Fuchs never more than a few feet behind. Morici was joined on the podium by other class winners: John Goodman in the ex-Paul Newman 308 GTB; Mike Sheehan in a 365 GTB/4 Competition; and Nick Incantalupo in an unusual 206 SP fitted with a 2.4 liter Tasman engine and PB-style bodywork. Price was a class winner as well, driving his 250 GTO to his second victory of the day over Tony Wang's Birdcage Maserati.
The second set of races took place in the afternoon, as originally scheduled. In the Drum race Giddings again set out from the pole, this time lapping all but Price, who was now three class wins for three races. Greenfield in Alfa again won his class, as did LeSaffre, over Bob Bodin, Jack Boxstrom, and Lulu and Tony Wang, all in some variation of LWB berlinettas.
Morici again won in the final race of the day, over Fuchs (who led the first five laps) and Schultz. John Giordano had started from the rear of the back in his 365 GTB/4 Competition, but passed all except the BB/LMs to take a class win over Sheehan's similar car. Bob Benedict won the 308 class in his Michelotto-built GTB, and Incantalupo duplicated his win from the morning as well. Finally, Tom Price took his fourth win of the day, using his GTO to defeat Peter LeSaffre's 250 SWB Comp/60 and Wang's Birdcage Maserati. The four wins make Price an odds-on favorite to become the first driver to win both Disc and Drum Championships in the same year.
Two special presentations were made during podium ceremonies. John Pelliccio, Marketing Manager for Bose, a series sponsor, presented the Bose award to Peter Greenfield. The award is given at each event to a driver whose sportsmanship represents the spirit of the Shell Historics.
Skip Barber, President of Lime Rock Park, presented a very special trophy to honor Michael Johnson, former Track Manager. Johnson had left the track to resume to study for an MBA at Stanford University, where he tragically died while participating in a water polo match at the school. The award, created by Ferrari North America and the track, was presented to a driver who demonstrated Johnson's qualities of sportsmanship, honor, skill, competence, and friendship. Jon Shirley was selected as that driver.
The next event in the Shell Ferrari/Maserati Historic Challenge will be at Road America, at Elkhart Lake, WI. The races will be part of the Ferrari/Maserati Racing Days scheduled on August 6th and 7th.