North American Ferrari Challenge
Trofeo Pirelli 458EVO: Joseph Rubbo
Ladies Cup in 458EVO: Lisa Clark
Copa Shell 488 class: Karl Williams
Copa Shell 488 Gentleman’s Cup: Robert Picerne
Trofeo Pirelli 488 series amateur class: Mark Muzzo
Trofeo Pirelli 488 series pro class: Peter Ludwig
Salinas >> The season opener for Mazda Raceway and the North American Ferrari Challenge series is history.
Joseph Rubbo, driving for Ferrari of Long Island, was among the class winners in the Trofeo Pirelli 458 EVO, while Lisa Clark, driving for Ferrari of Beverly Hills, won the Ladies Cup in 458 EVO.
The Copa Shell 488 class went to Karl Williams, driving for Ferrari of Beverly Hills. Robert Picerne, driving for Ferrari of Central Florida, won the Copa Shell 488 Gentleman’s Cup.
Driving for Ferrari of Ontario, Mark Muzzo was the winner in the Trofeo Pirelli 488 series amateur class, while Peter Ludwig, driving for Wide World of Cars, won the Trofeo Pirelli 488 series pro class.
The second of seven spectator events that highlight the track’s 60th year of racing runs next Friday through Sunday, billed as the Spring Classic Vintage race.
This historic weekend will feature 1967-1984 Formula 1, ’67-’72 Formula B, ’73-’84 SCCA Production GT Cars, ’66-’72 Trans-Am, ’66-’74 Can-Am, ’73-’79 Formula Atlantic, ’66-’72 Trans-Am 2.5 Liter, ’83-’07 World Sports Car – Le Mans Prototype, and ’79-’06 Historic Stock Cars.
A first for the raceway is the inclusion of historic motorcycles, along with the cars. The two-wheeled race machines 30 years or older will perform exhibition laps blended with the vintage races throughout the weekend.
“We are thrilled to introduce a brand new event with historic race cars from the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s roaring to life and echoing off the surrounding hills of the Monterey Peninsula,” Gill Campbell, CEO and general manager of Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, said.
Mazda Raceway’s charitable dinner — La Gala Seca — is a renewed event as part of the 60-year celebration. The Road Racing Drivers Club comprised of world class drivers, industry professionals and motorsports journalists will join the festive event providing untold stories from the past.
“It has been 15 years since the last La Gala Seca was held, and we felt this year is fitting to celebrate the spiritual home of sports car racing by bringing together motorsports and the Monterey community who have made Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca world renowned,” Campbell said in a statement. “Guests will have a wonderful time and raise funds through a silent auction to help support the Road Racing Drivers Club’s Safe is Fast and Team USA Scholarship initiatives.”
There will be a panel discussion about motor racing’s role within the community and racing anecdotes from panelists, including Doug Fehan, head of Corvette Racing, who, following a crash that destroyed one of the Corvettes during an…