Ferrari Challenge crowns winners at Watkins Glen
With a packed grid of 60+ Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo cars, Saturday’s racing action promised to delight the thousands of fans who descended on the Watkins Glen circuit, and it did not disappoint.
Keysin Chen (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) took a dominant win in a Trofeo Pirelli race that ultimately finished under yellow flag conditions. After qualifying on pole, Chen leapt away from Jeremy Clarke (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) and set about building a gap over the rest of the category. While it was smooth sailing up front, behind saw an uncommon amount of drama. Championship leader heading into the weekend Manny Franco (Ferrari of Lake Forest) was pushing hard from third to keep up with Chen’s pace, but ultimately spun and tumbled down the order. Clarke, who was also enjoying a strong race in second before encountering an issue with only minutes to go and was forced to pull off and retire. That left the door open for Joe Rubbo (Ferrari of Long Island) and Matt Kurzejewski (Ferrari of Westlake) to be promoted to the final podium positions. But a race that was full of twists and turns was brought to an abrupt halt by the most dramatic of the weekend so far as Jason McCarthy (Wide World Ferrari), after spending much of the race working to defend his position, encountered an issue in the high-speed esses section of the circuit and slammed into the wall before coming to a halt some further distance down the circuit. Race control took the decision from there to end the race a couple of minutes early behind the safety car.
Trofeo Pirelli AM
In the Trofeo Pirelli AM category, Aaron Weiss (Ferrari of Central New Jersey) took his first win of the 2022 season after a time penalty for Custodio Toledo (The Collection) for a jumped start demoted him from the lead to 6th in the category. Benoit Bergeron (Ferrari of Quebec) and John Horejsi rounded out the podium in second and third respectively.
In another race interrupted and ultimately concluded under the leadership of the safety car, the Coppa Shell race saw a tremendous 32-car field take the green flag. 30 minutes later, Brian Kaminskey (Ferrari of Long Island) had done himself wonders in his championship fight with another win in the category. It did not come easy, however, as he spent the latter portion of the race hounded by Frank Chang (Ferrari of Seattle) who worked to induce an error in Kaminskey’s driving, to no avail. Despite the high-speed nature of the Watkins Glen circuit, Kaminskey was able to defend from the two most obvious passing opportunities throughout. Michael Petramalo (Ferrari of Seattle) rounded out the podium in third.
Coppa Shell AM
In the Coppa Shell AM category, Tony Davis (Continental Autosports) took the win as he managed a packed crowd of Challenge cars to avoid any incident with cars in the Coppa Shell class and defend from the closely following Todd Johnson (Ferrari of Rancho Mirage) who ultimately went on to finish second. Third place was taken by Richard Pineda (Ferrari of Washington).
Ferrari Racing Days conclude at Daytona
Ferrari Challenge drivers battle wet conditions at The Glen
After an incredible sunny and warm day on Saturday, the tables turned on the drivers of the Ferrari Challenge series on Sunday when wet and cooler conditions set the stage for a fantastic end to the fifth round of the 2022 season at Indianapolis.
Ferrari Challenge drivers reveled in their return to the famed Brickyard at Indianapolis Motor Speedway with the first day of racing action taking place under a typically beautiful and hot July day in Indianapolis.
After a Saturday filled with rain showers and cold temperatures, Circuit Gilles Villeneuve experienced a complete turn around on Sunday with packed grandstands and sunny, warm weather greeting the drivers of the Ferrari Challenge championship.
Rain and unseasonably cold temperatures greeted the drivers of the Ferrari Challenge championship as it rolled into the second half of its 2022 season.