For the first time in five years, the Ferrari Challenge race series is returning to Lime Rock Park in Lakeville, Connecticut, about an hour and a half from here in the Capital Region of New York State. The date is next Saturday, July 30.
The Ferrari Challenge at Lime Rock Park is a one-day spectator event. All Ferraris, all day. It’s part of a six-event/12-race North American racing championship contested by amateur drivers who own either a Ferrari Challenge F458 Italia or Ferrari Challenge F430.
The races at Lime Rock Park are rounds nine and ten of the 2011 championship. The last time Ferrari Challenge races were held at Lime Rock was 2006.
According to Ferrari North America, the Ferrari Challenge is the longest-running championship of its type: a single-marque sports car racing series. It is designed to allow Ferrari owners to compete with fellow owners on the world’s most noted race tracks. The first year of the series was 1993, in Europe; the North American sister series began in 1994.
This year, the series opened at Sears Point in California, followed by Laguna Seca (Calif.), the Canadian F1 Grand Prix (Montreal) and IndyCar Toronto. Lime Rock is next, with the finale at Homestead Miami Speedway in September.
The Ferrari Challenge series is sanctioned by Grand-Am, the NASCAR-owned road racing organizer noted for its Daytona Prototype & GT championship (the series at Lime Rock this past Memorial Day weekend).
Joining the Ferrari Challenge at Lime Rock Park is the popular Shell Ferrari Historics Series; two non-championship races featuring vintage racing Ferraris.
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