MONTREAL, QC, Canada (June 11, 2017) – Competing in front of a large International crowd at the famed Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, the lone event run in conjunction with this weekend’s FIA Formula One World Championship, Scuderia Corsa would not disappoint in their efforts to present a first-class experience. Bringing 11 cars to this invitation-only event, the team would enjoy tremendous success both on and off the track, with an overall win, a total of five podiums and one Coppa Team highlighting a weekend that truly integrated Ferrari’s racing heritage.
Sharing the same pit lane with F1 teams, being supported by Ferrari fans from all over the world while driving before their Formula One driving heroes, is an experience that every Ferrari driver dreams; and much looking forward every year in Montreal. The opportunity to spend time with F1 Team Principal Maurizio Arrivabene and drivers Sebastien Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen during the traditional Saturday evening cocktail reception as well as Ferrari VIP Hospitality complemented the top notch Ferrari experience and atmosphere.
On track, the team enjoyed strong success during both rounds of the weekend. Long-time team member Martin Fuentes would bring home an overall victory in his Ferrari 488 Challenge during Saturday’s Round One, with Scuderia Corsa also earning a team victory in the Coppa Shell category. Additionally, Fuentes would be joined by Bret Curtis on the podium in Race One, with Karl Williams and Oscar Paredes-Arroyo also taking a class podium during Race Two. Meanwhile drivers Alistair Garnett, Cooper MacNeil, Chris Carel, Mark Fuller, Jim Camp, Mike Heagerty and Lisa Clark would all enjoy a performing weekend.
“The Ferrari Challenge event at Montreal is always one-of-a-kind,” stated Scuderia Corsa team owner Giacomo Mattioli. “We really enjoy the opportunity to support the Formula One weekend. For our drivers and clients to get such an unrivaled look at Ferrari’s DNA, especially during this 70th anniversary, is something that we all are proud to be a part of. Taking a victory at Circuit Gilles Villeneuve, a name synonymous with Ferrari, only made the weekend more special.
“Now our focus turns to the other crown jewel, Le Mans!” continued Mattioli. “We are honored to represent Ferrari North America at the renowned classic endurance: this will be a year unlike any other, with not only two cars but coming in as the defending champions. It’s something we’re well prepared for and it would be sensational bringing home another victory, especially during the 70th anniversary for Ferrari!”
The team is now just days away from the start of practice and qualifying for the world’s most prestigious sportscar race, the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 2017, the Ferrari 488 GTE will compete for the first-time in class, with defending winners Bill Sweedler and Townsend Bell being joined by Cooper MacNeil in the No. 62 Ferrari, while the No. 65 Ferrari will be driven by IMSA defending champions Christina Nielsen and Alessandro Balzan, as well as Bret Curtis.
Most of the 24 Hours of Le Mans will be broadcast live, while the entirety of the race will be streamed live on the FOX Sports Go stream.
24 Hours of Le Mans television schedule (all times are ET):
- June 17 – FS1 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
- June 17 – FS2 1:00 p.m. to 1:00 a.m. (June 18)
- June 17 – FS1 1:00 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. (June 18)
About Scuderia Corsa 2016 IMSA GTD Champion, 2016 24Hours of Le Mans GTE-Am winner, 2016 6H of Watkins Glen Winner, 2016 12H of Sebring Winner, 2016 Pirelli World Challenge GTA Champion, 2015 24Hours of Le Mans Podium, 2015 IMSA GTD and 2013 Grand-AM GT championship-winning team Scuderia Corsa was founded in 2013 by Giacomo Mattioli and Art Zafiropoulo. Follow Scuderia Corsa on Twitter @Scuderia_Corsa, on Facebook at Scuderia Corsa, Instagram at @Scuderiacorsaferrari and ScuderiaCorsa.com
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