Two Races Are Set for California Road Course on Saturday
SONOMA, Calif. – The Ferrari Challenge North America series caps off its North American season this weekend with a visit to wine country and the 2.52-mile Sonoma Raceway. Nestled in the heart of Napa Valley and just an hour north of San Francisco, this classic and challenging course offers the best attributes of any Ferrari Challenge weekend – an immense on-track challenge for the drivers plus a fabulous setting and environment to enjoy after each day at the track.
Of course, this weekend will perhaps require a bit more of the drivers than most other weekends, as temperatures are forecast to approach 100 degrees Fahrenheit. That combined with a tricky, low-grip circuit and the 670cv on offer from the Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo will ensure that every driver will be pushed to their limits over the course of the weekend.
Trofeo Pirelli: Jason McCarthy (Wide World Ferrari) leads the Trofeo Pirelli category with 84 points on the strength of back-to-back wins at Indianapolis in July. The victories, McCarthy’s second and third on the season, come on the back of building momentum for the New York-based driver, as his prior win came in a caution-disrupted race at the prior weekend in Montreal.
The margins in the category are incredibly tight, however, as Jeremy Clarke (Ferrari of Beverly Hills) sits just two points shy with 82 to his name. The California-based driver had a remarkable weekend at Daytona, taking a win and a second-place finish. He has followed that up with another win in Montreal and two other podiums.
Meanwhile, Matt Kurzejewski (Ferrari of Westlake) sits in third with 75 points. Searching for his first win of the season, Kurzejewski has made do with tremendous consistency, earning five podiums to date.
All of that, however, belies what has been a tremendously competitive Trofeo Pirelli category in 2022. Six drivers have taken the top step of the podium at various points through the season.
Meanwhile in the AM category, Dave Musial Jr. (Ferrari of Lake Forest) leads with 93 points. Todd Coleman (Ferrari of Denver) and Alfred Caiola (Ferrari of Long Island) each have 87, with Aaron Weiss (Ferrari of Central New Jersey) a bit further back in fourth with 80 points.
Musial has two wins and three other podium finishes this season. Coleman has bracketed the season to date, earning a win at the first race of the season in Austin and gaining a win and a podium at Indianapolis. Many of Caiola’s best results came early in the season, particularly at Daytona where he earned his own win and podium. A surging Weiss will also look to capitalize on his recent momentum with a good result at Sonoma after a win in the most recent weekend at Indianapolis.
Coppa Shell: Michael Petramalo (Ferrari of Seattle) has enjoyed a dominant season to date, with podium finishes at all but one race. The dominance has earned him a 22-point lead over Brian Kaminskey (Ferrari of Long Island), who started the season strong but has since seen a dip in form. With a maximum of 34 points on offer in a given weekend, Petramalo will look to maintain his form at Sonoma and try to claim his first Ferrari Challenge championship.
In the Coppa Shell AM category, Tony Davis (Continental Autosports) enjoys an advantage of 27 points over Lisa Clark (Ferrari of Beverly Hills). Starting the season with two podiums, Davis earned a further three wins and three additional podiums en route to his sizable points advantage. Clark has enjoyed her best season since she joined the championship, earning four podiums to date and all but confirming her status as championship runner-up.
Schedule: Following practice on Friday, all action takes place Saturday at Sonoma. Qualifying is set for 1:25 pm. ET, with races starting at 4:45 and 5:40 p.m. The Ferrari Challenge season concludes with the Finali Mondiali, Oct. 26-30 at Imola, Italy.