Daytona International Speedway played host to a historic weekend as North America’s very first Ferrari Finali Mondiali took place from Dec. 1-4 with Formula One, GT, XX Programme and Challenge cars all having competed on the legendary high banks. Ferrari’s long-running history at Daytona International Speedway was renewed in spectacular fashion, with the Ferrari Finali Mondiali showcasing an impressive array of racing machinery on the famous 3.56-mile road course.
The exciting weekend of racing action saw the best competitors from the Ferrari Challenge Series in North America, Europe and Asia-Pacific, concluding on Sunday with German Thomas Loefflad winning the Coppa Shell World Final and Venezuelan Carlos Kauffmann taking the Trofeo Pirelli World Final.
Rusty Wallace, the 1989 champion of NASCAR’s premier series and a NASCAR Hall of Fame inductee, came out of retirement for the weekend and finished 10th in the 27-car Trofeo Pirelli field.
Ferrari Finali Mondiali Final Show
After the two World Finals, the highly-anticipated Ferrari Finali Mondiali Final Show took place. The thrilling exhibition featured F1 drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen turning full-speed laps in Ferrari F60s, complete with simulated pit stops and spectacular side-by-side burnouts. The exhibition concluded with the F60s crossing the finish line side-by-side, in a nod to the legendary 1967 finish of the Rolex 24 At Daytona when Ferraris finished 1-2-3.
After two premier races on the 3.56-mile road course, Saturday’s activities concluded with the Ferrari North America Customers’ Parade. Although the we fell short of the record, with over 800 Ferraris lapping the entire road course, it was certainly a sight to see.
Appropriately, the Ferrari Finali Mondiali involved much more than on-track activity. Spectators that visited the Fanzone were able to admire both new and classic Ferraris. On Sunday, the display included the brand-new Ferrari 488 Challenge, which was unveiled the night prior. Also on Sunday, there were two Ferrari driver autograph sessions on the Fanzone Main. The first session was headlined by Rusty Wallace and featured Mauro Baldi, Didier Theys, Arie Luyendyk, Mark Gené, Toni Vilander and James Calado. The second session included Räikkönen and Vettel, along with Giancarlo Fisichella, Davide Rigon, Andrea Bertolini and Sam Bird.
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