Scuderia Corsa team principal Giacomo Mattioli announced that Craig Stanton, the 2005 Grand-Am Rolex GT champion, and Chris Ruud will helm the team's second car -- the No. 64 Ferrari 458 Italia -- for the Visitflorida.com Sports Car 250 at Road America this weekend. The Rolex Series' portion of the Grand-Am/ALMS double-header at the Elkhart Lake, Wis., road course will be the No. 64's third outing this season, the car having participated in both the Rolex 24 at Daytona and at Indianapolis.
“When we started the GT program we envisioned it as a platform that would allow a natural progression for our Ferrari Challenge drivers to keep racing with us in a more competitive series. I'm delighted to see this vision come to fruition having Chris Ruud joining our GT effort,” said team principal Mattioli.
Ruud, a native of Wisconsin and an experienced competitor with Scuderia Corsa in the Ferrari North American Challenge, knows both the Ferrari 458 Italia and the track very well, “I'm excited to race at Road America, it's my favorite track in the United States. I'm also looking forward to my first multi-driver endurance race partnering with Craig Stanton."
GT veteran Stanton returns to the team after having raced its No. 63 at the Six Hours of Watkins Glen in June.
“I'm excited to be back with Scuderia Corsa. Chris and I have worked together for a long time in the Ferrari Challenge and I am honored to support him in his first pro-race,” said Stanton. “Road America is a great track, very fast and technical, and the fans and history are incredible.”