Elkhart Lake, WI, August 5. Lucio Nicolodi extended his points lead in the North America Ferrari Challenge by scoring two race wins this weekend. Nicolodi, racing for the Ferrari of Beverly Hills team, started from pole position as well, setting...
Elkhart Lake, WI, August 5. Lucio Nicolodi extended his points lead in the North America Ferrari Challenge by scoring two race wins this weekend.
Nicolodi, racing for the Ferrari of Beverly Hills team, started from pole position as well, setting a new track record for the 360s in practice. The second and third places in Group A, for the faster cars, were also the same on both Saturday and Sunday. Darius Grala (Sheldon Sports Cars) was 18 seconds behind Nicolodi on Saturday, but Nicolodi's margin of victory over Grala was less than two seconds on Sunday. Stephen Richards (Ferrari of Long Island) was third both days.
On Saturday Pierre Schroeder (Ferrari of Long Island), Bob Segal (Algar Ferrari), and Bill Jennings (Ferrari of New England) fought for the lead in the Group B class. Schroeder led the first five laps; Segal was the next leader, but Jennings led the final four laps for the win. Segal was second among the 360s, with William Wright (Ferrari of Orange County) third. Michael Louli (Ferrari of Ontario) beat defending 355 champion Philip Shearer (Ferrari of Long Island) in the 355 class, with Forest Barber (Ferrari of Dallas) third in the class.
Doug Peterson (Shelton Sports Cars) and Michael Ciasulli (Ferrari of Central Florida) had both encountered problems on Saturday, putting both in Group B for Sunday. They finished one-two in the race, ahead of Buddy Stubbs (Scottsdale Ferrari) in third. Shearer, Louli, and Barber were the top three 355s.
In a special ceremony during the weekend, Ron Jackson, President of Girard-Perregaux North America, announced the new 333 SP Challenge watch, limited to 50 numbered pieces. Jackson was joined at the announcement by Jay Cochran, who drove the 333 SP to its first win at Road Atlanta in 1994. Eight 333 SPs, including Cochran's 1994 winner, were at the event, displayed in the paddock and demonstrated on the four mile track during special 333-only sessions.
The next event for the North American Ferrari Challenge will be at Watkins Glen, New York, on August 23-26.