FERRARI’S 60 YEARS IN THE USA
NART wins Le Mans with
Masten Gregory and Jochen
Rindt. Ed Hugus drives a stint
in the 250 LM when Gregory
pits with fogging glasses and
Rindt can’t be found.
After a year of struggling to match
Ford’s GT40, Ferrari responds with a
famous 1-2-3 at Daytona, led by
Chris Amon and Lorenzo Bandini in a
330 P4 (BELOW).
Mario Andretti delivers an inspired drive to
secure the win at Sebring in a 512S. When his
polesitting Spyder hits gearbox problems, he
replaces Giunti in a coupe and in the closing
50mins storms through to beat a Porsche 908.
The Ferrari 512S was a worthy adversary to the
Porsche 917; its 5-liter V12 produced 550hp.
his finest peformances to pass Peter
Revson’s Porsche 908 to grab second and
unlap himself from the leading 917, which
then suffered a hub failure. Ferrari’s pace
and strength – and Mario’s pace and
strength of will – had prevailed!
A growing gulf between the sports car
regulations and the demands of Ferrari’s
road car customer base contributed to a
slowing of factory efforts through the
1970s and ’80s. The drought started to
break with the appearance of the Ferrari
France F40-LM in IMSA’s GTO class in ’ 89.
But the real reawakening came via a new
IMSA World Sportscar Championship
formula that stirred Maranello into creating
the 333 SP, a sports prototype built
around the familiar F1-bred V12 engine.
Not only did the car look and sound
right, it delivered on track: privateer teams
engineered the 333 SP to WSC titles in
1995 and ’ 98 respectively. The 1998
championship was supplemented with
victory at the Daytona 24 Hours for MOMO
OK, that’s a slightly
but in 1964, while
Enzo Ferrari was in
dispute with the
the 250LM sports
car, the works
Formula 1 Ferraris
were entered in the
final two grands
prix (Watkins Glen
and Mexico City) by
Racing Team. John
second in both
races and thereby
clinched the ’ 64
in a Ferrari wearing
the white-with-blue-stripe livery of
Epic performance in progress – Mario, Ferrari 512S,
and a determination to beat a Porsche! (BELOW)
Seven months after defeat by Ford at Le Mans in ’ 66,
Ferrari delivers a 1-2-3 on Ford’s home soil at Daytona.