Leading World Endurance Championship team AF Corse could be adding a number of visits to America next season to participate in high-profile TUDOR United SportsCar Championship events.
With two GTE-Pro wins from four WEC rounds this year for the Amato Ferrari-owned team, including the most recent race at Interlagos in Brazil, and a GTE-Am for the 8Star entry it fields, the successful Italian squad has designs on bringing a few of its Ferrari F458s over for a limited schedule of USCC races in the GT Le Mans category.
“There is a big possibility for this,” Ferrari told RACER at Circuit of The Americas, site of this weekend's WEC round. “There is five races we want to do: Daytona, Sebring, Indianapolis, Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans. The deal isn't done, but we are planning to be present with two or three cars. We hope to get this done very soon.”
Ferrari said the combined USCC calendar with numerous marquee events has drawn considerable interest from his clients. Although the USCC has yet to reveal the rounds that will qualify for its North American Endurance Championship, AF Corse has selected four of the five events that will be announced.
“Our drivers are most interested in doing the biggest [sports car] races in America,” he added. “Sebring, Daytona, Indy, Petit Le Mans: these are dreams for many European drivers, so with this new championship, it creates very much interest for drivers wanting to come here and participate.”
Like many teams in sports car racing, AF Corse's plans for 2014 have yet to be solidified. A return to the WEC, which seemed like a formality, is also under review.
“At the moment, we're not sure we're continuing in the WEC,” said Ferrari. “If not, we will have more time to consider more things in [the USCC]. We hope to be present in the WEC, because we need to see how we finish this championship this year and if Ferrari is happy or not with our result.”