The Ferrari 458 Grand Am readies for Daytona 24 Hours
The Ferrari 458 Grand Am
has landed! This new racing stock from the stables of Maranello has made it to the USA to prepare for one of the biggest races in the American race calendar.
The 458 Grand Am is stateside to race in the Daytona 24 Hours
, which takes place from 26th to 29th January at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway.
Ferrari’s latest racer is derived from the GT3 version of the 458 and has been developed in collaboration with Michelotto. This Ferrari race car is directly aimed to take on the American series and to replicate the dominance of the Maranello marque in 1967. Back then all three steps of the podium were filled by Ferrari drivers. The crews of Lorenzo Bandini
-Chris Amon in the Ferrari 330 P4
Spider, Mike Parkes
– Ludovico Scarfiotti
in the Ferrari 330 P4 sports car and Pedro Rodriguez-Jean Guichet in the Ferrari 412 P produced an amazing result, thanks to an impeccable strategy thought out by Sporting Director Franco Lini over the last few laps, culminating in the three cars taking the chequered flag in line abreast.
This clean sweep, with a win in the Monza 1000 Kms, second place at Brands Hatch and the Le Mans 24 Hours and a third place at Spa, meant that Ferrari won that year’s International Sports Prototype Constructors’ Championship. Ferrari then had to wait until 1998 to take its next win in the Daytona 24 Hours, thanks to the Team Momo F333 SP which also won that year’s Sebring 2 Hours.
In 2012, it will fall to Scuderia AF Corse, winners of the Le Mans Series, Intercontinental Le Mans Cup
and the FIA GT3 championship to try and replicate these American victories.
Its 458 Grand Am will be crewed all year by Daytona 500 winner Michael Waltrip, North American Rally Champion, Travis Pastrana and two endurance race veterans Rui Aguas
and Robert Kauffman who here in Daytona tackle the first of 13 rounds on the busy Grand Am calendar.