The Ferrari Challenge is returning to Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca on May 21-22, 2011, the raceway and Ferrari North America announced today. Headlining the two full days of racing are the Ferrari 458 Challenge and the series rarely brought to the U.S., the F1 Corse Clienti program.
“The Ferrari Challenge will provide motorsports fans with a thrilling season opener at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca,” said Gill Campbell, CEO/general manager for Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. “Fans will surely enjoy the sights and sounds of these modern race cars and shrieking F1 cars as they challenge the Corkscrew.”
Ever since the days of Enzo Ferrari, the automaker has maintained close ties with owners and the privateers who carry the Ferrari racing heritage worldwide. The Ferrari Challenge series is designed to allow Ferrari owners the opportunity to compete on some of the world's greatest race tracks while providing Ferrari enthusiasts the chance to enjoy watching Ferraris at the racetrack.
Cars in the series include the new purpose-built Ferrari 458 Challenge. These modern racecars will share the paddock with some of the greatest cars from Ferrari's glorious F1 past like Niki Lauda's 312T and Michael Schumacher's F2001.