Peterson again sweeps Ferrari Challenge. WATKINS GLEN, NY, June 22. Doug Peterson swept both races this weekend when the North American Ferrari Challenge visited the historic Watkins Glen road course, one-time site of the United States Grand...
Peterson again sweeps Ferrari Challenge.
WATKINS GLEN, NY, June 22. Doug Peterson swept both races this weekend when the North American Ferrari Challenge visited the historic Watkins Glen road course, one-time site of the United States Grand Prix. Peterson's pair of wins give him a substantial lead in the Trofeo Pirelli championship standings.
On Friday Peterson had just passed pole qualified Darius Grala when Grala suffered electrical problems and failed to finish. Grid positions for Saturday were set by Friday's results, so Peterson started on pole and Grala on the last row. Grala's bad luck continued, as a repeat of the electrical gremlins left him stranded on the grid. Peterson and Grala were teammates during the 2001 season, racing for the Shelton Sports Cars team. Grala switched to Ferrari of Orange County for 2002, and the pair have battled for the championship for most of the season. Grala had taken the lead from Peterson at the previous race in Montreal, when Peterson suffered problems. Grala's Watkins Glen problems combined with a superb flag-to-flag win for Peterson on Saturday restored him to the points lead.
While Peterson was never challenged on Saturday, there was substantial action behind him. Peter Greenfield, Grala's teammate, had moved from fourth to second in Turn One of the first lap, but a mid-pack collision took out three cars and blocked the track, stopping the race. Greenfield missed that incident, but spun later on the lap, and dropped well back in the field. Quentin Wahl (Ferrari of Houston) took second place at the restart, but Jim Kenton (Ferrari of Washington) was able to get past Wahl; while Kenton could never catch Peterson he held on to second place at the end of the 45 minute race. Wahl finished third, but was stripped of the championship points by officials for involvement in the first lap incident. Michael Louli (Ferrari of Ontario) finished fourth, ahead of his former teammate Chris Wood, now driving for Ferrari of Quebec.
Participants in the Ferrari Challenge compete in specially-built racing versions of the Ferrari 360 Modena, with preparation and race support handled by teams formed by authorized Ferrari dealers in North America. The next races for the North American Ferrari Challenge will be at Mont Tremblant, Quebec, Canada on July 27-28.