FERRARI’S 60 YEARS IN THE USA
Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx combine to
win the Daytona 6-hour Continental
(BELOW) and Sebring in their factory-prepared 312 PB. This combo also
won the Six Hours of Watkins Glen.
Scandia Motorsports’ Fermin Velez,
Eric van de Poele and owner Andy
Evans win Sebring in a 333 SP. Velez
goes on to take the IMSA crown in the
car’s first full season of competition.
More 12 Hours of Sebring
success for Scandia’s
Ferrari 333 SP, this time
with Evans and Velez joined
by Yannick Dalmas and
Given that the 1968
the Prancing Horse’s
1-2-3 there in ’ 67,
it’s only right that
two of the coupe’s
points came there.
In 1973, final year
of production for
the street version,
a Daytona finished
second overall, and
six years later,
amazingly, that feat
Yet in terms of
publicity, the Ferrari
at its “home” track
was probably 1977
(BELOW) when one
Mr. Paul Newman
joined Elliott Forbes-Robinson and highly
racer Milt Minter to
finish fifth overall.
Racing, which had claimed the place
formerly held by NART as the centerpiece
of Ferrari’s U.S. racing endeavors. The car
also added to Ferrari’s Sebring tally, with
victories in ’ 95, ’ 97 and ’ 98.
Another IMSA rule change deleted the
WSC cars, yet set the stage for a third era
of Ferrari glory on U.S. race tracks, one that
continues to this day and one that’s
reminiscent of Chinetti’s 60 years ago –
an era based on GT machinery. With a Risi
Competizione-run 430, Ferrari returned
to the top at Sebring in 2007, and when
time caught up with the 430, the 458
took its place. Winning Grand-Am’s GT
championship last year with Scuderia
Corsa added another chapter to the story
of American success for Maranello.
Which brings us to this year, the 60th
anniversary of Luigi Chinetti’s dealership
opening. Other manufacturers might
celebrate with a party. Ferrari celebrated
with a class win at Daytona. Chinetti and
Enzo Ferrari would have approved.
Ickx helps strap Andretti into the 312 PB at
the Six Hours of the Glen, scene of their fourth
victory of ’ 72. (BELOW) Daytona glory in ’ 98.