Ferrari (NYSE:RACE) has 3 Cars Entered in the 55th Rolex 24 at Daytona
The Big Q: Could they live up to Ferrari’s Y 1967 1-2-3 overall sweep at the race, 50 years later.
The Big A: No, Ferrari cannot get a 1-2-3m because the 3 cars are split between 1 in the GT Le Mans class, and 2 in the GT Daytona class.
Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon shared a Ferrari 330 P3/4 Spyder to win that race that day, finishing ahead of Ludovico Scarfiotti and Mike Parkes in a Ferrari 330 P4 Coupé by 3 laps.
A Ferrari 412 P finished 3rd to complete the trifecta.
Photos courtesy of Ferrari.
Risi Competizione enters this year’s on the heels of winning the Y 2016 season finale, Petit Le Mans. The 3 drivers, Toni Vilander, Giancarlo Fisichella and James Calado, are back and will roll off from th in the GTLM class.
“There’s so much emotion and effort that goes to a 24-hour race, that at the moment, I don’t have space in my mind for the numbers,” Mr. Vilander said. “Yes we had a strong run at Le Mans, but it was a bit up and down. IMSA we were struggling but had a huge effort to have the Risi car at Le Mans.
“Here, we feel quite well prepared. Pace-wise we’re quite confident and the car is running well. There’s been quite a lot of wind. It keeps changing a lot, and keep chasing quite a lot, so overall the decisions are done based on the experience of test days. We’re pretty confident.”
In GT Daytona, the # 51 Spirit of Race and # 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 488 GT3s line up 1st and 2nd on the grid. Alessandro Pier Guidi, a past Rolex 24 winner, secured the Pole. Meanwhile Giacomo Mattioli’s Scuderia Corsa team is in search of its 1st Rolex 24 win, to add that mark to its past championships in class.
The previous generation Ferrari 458 Italia GT3 won Ferrari’s most recent Rolex 24 victory in Y 2014, coming with Level 5 Motorsports’ lineup of Pier Guidi, Scott Tucker, Townsend Bell, Bill Sweedler and Jeff Segal.
Pier Guidi shares his car with Davide Rigon, Maurizio Mediani, Peter Mann and Rino Mastronardi. Scuderia Corsa fields a stronger lineup of Alessandro Balzan, Christina Nielsen, Matteo Cressoni and Sam Bird, the latter making his 1st ever start in a GT3 car.
“It’s been great. I’m with a super team in Scuderia Corsa, who’ve been really good to me. I’m delighted to be a part of their lineup. It’s been a competitive car. I’m very much enjoying the experience,” Mr. Bird said in a TV interview.
The talented Englishman races full-time in both the FIA World Endurance Championship in an AF Corse Ferrari 488 GTE and in the FIA Formula E Championship.
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