What is Finali Mondiali?
Italian for “World Finals”, Finali Mondiali serves as the international championship for the three national series of The Ferrari Challenge – a one-make racing championship by Ferrari. Three official championships are awarded, one each in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific. Following their respective seasons, competitors from each series are brought together at the annual Finali Mondiali event. For years now Daytona International Speedway had been tied to this series as it’s served as the first round of the Ferrari Challenge North America; however, from Dec. 1-4, it plays host to the first Finali Mondiali to be held in North America.
Ferrari Challenge Series
Europe – The largest of the Ferrari Challenge Series’, it consists of seven events, as drivers face challenges ranging from a flat-out circuit in Le Mans, France to the tough banking and tight chicanes in Monza, Italy.
North America – Beginning at the legendary “World Center of Racing” in DAYTONA, this series’ schedule takes drivers from beauty of Sonoma’s wine country and Lime Rock Park’s natural terrain to a celebration of speed at the Circuit of the Americas.
Asia-Pacific – The youngest series of the three, starting in just 2012, drivers in this series have to negotiate Suzuka, with its unique figure-eight layout and Fuji, with an active volcano in the background, in addition to several more challenging circuits.
Competitors are required to use certain Ferrari models in the series. Currently, the Ferrari 458 Challenge, a track-only racecar designed specifically for the series, is the car of choice for drivers. The biggest differences from the regular road legal 458’s are a racing cockpit, windows which only open through small slots, air-jack mounting on the rear to lift the car up, racing fuel filler cap, center-lock wheels and a racing exhaust.
The four-day event will include an open test day on Wednesday, November 30th, while Thursday, December 1st will see drivers complete testing and start practices on DAYTONA’s famous road course. Both Friday and Saturday will include a qualifying session and an accompanying race before Sunday’s world final.
As 458 Challenge EVOs will compete for the coveted world championship title, there is also plenty to keep you busy at this celebration of Ferrari.
Highlights of the weekend includes the display and running of historic Formula 1 cars, Ferrari’s exclusive XX Program and, to cap the weekend, Scuderia Ferrari’s Formula 1 show. The show traditionally features the current Formula 1 drivers in demonstrations of pit stops, thrilling accelerations and fast laps. The Finali Mondiali at DAYTONA also allows a close-up view of all the Ferraris currently in production.
What They’re Saying
“Ferrari brings to the ‘World Center of Racing’ both powerful racing machines and an incredible brand. We’re looking forward to the excitement that will be showcased on the twists and turns of Daytona’s legendary road course.”
–Joie Chitwood, ISC COO
“A relationship of close cooperation has been established between Ferrari and this historic racetrack over many years, so much so that the North America Series of the Ferrari Challenge counts the Daytona race, organized to coincide with the legendary 24 Hours, among its most important events.”
–Antonello Coletta, head of Attivita' Sporting GT and Corse Clienti at Ferrari.
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