Ferrari’s long-running history at Daytona International Speedway is being renewed in spectacular fashion this week, with the Ferrari Finali Mondiali showcasing an array of racing machinery on the 3.56-mile road course.
On Thursday, Formula 1 cars turned laps at DIS for the first time with a historic practice session for F1 Clienti, a special Ferrari program that allows enthusiasts of the Prancing Horse marque to driver the same exotic cars driven by champions such as Michael Schumacher.
On Sunday, the F1 experience will be heightened when current Scuderia Ferrari drivers Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel take to the track in respective F60s to wrap up the weekend. The exhibition format will have them turning full-speed laps with tire changes and simulated pit stops. The exhibition will conclude 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.. That year marked one of five Ferrari overall victories in the Rolex 24.
Appropriately, the Ferrari Finali Mondiali involves much more than on-track activity. Spectators visiting the Fanzone are able to see both new and classic Ferraris. Sunday, the display will have a significant addition: the new Ferrari 488 Challenge, which will be unveiled on Saturday night during a special gala dinner.
Also Saturday, at 6:15 p.m., there will be the greatest Ferrari parade on a North American track. The goal is to have 1,000 Ferraris completing a parade lap.
Rusty Wallace, the 1989 champion of NASCAR’s premier series, is competing on the DIS road course for the first time since the 2006 Rolex 24, driving for the Risi Competizione/Ferrari of Houston team in the North America series of the Ferrari Challenge Trofeo Pirelli, considered the most competitive class of the weekend. Wallace had an encouraging practice session on Thursday, topping one of the practice sessions on the top speed chart, hitting 189.456 mph. The Trofeo Pirelli will qualify and race Friday and Saturday.
Tickets for the Finali Mondiali can be purchased at www.daytonainternationalspeedway.com, by calling 1-800-PITSHOP or by visiting the Daytona International Speedway Ticket Office. Daily adult general admission tickets start at $15; children 12 and under are FREE throughout the event. A four-day general admission pass is also available for $60, a savings of $35, and includes access to the garage area. Parking and camping packages are also available.
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