Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale Wins Ferrari Challenge North America Team Championship
Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale capped its many achievements in 2019 competition by winning the Ferrari Challenge North America Team Championship. The award was presented at the awards banquet following the Finali Mondiali – the World Challenge held at the famed Italian Mugello Circuit that brought together the top competitors from the Ferrari Challenge North American, European and Asia Pacific series.
Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale Owner-President Garrett Hayim and his wife Patricia were guests at the private dinner, that was highlighted by the unveiling of the highly-anticipated Ferrari 488 GT3 Evo. Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale previously won the prestigious award for eight consecutive years, from 2008 through 2016.
The team achievement capped off a tremendous 2019 season for Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale, which also supported the championship-winning Squadra Corse program.
Managed by Ronnie Vogel, Ferrari Ft. Lauderdale team principal and Director of Motorsports, Squadra Corse secured the World Challenge Blancpain GT Am class team and driver titles with the Hublot-backed Squadra Corse entry driven to the championship by Martin Fuentes for the second consecutive season. Squadra Corse also made a winning close to the season with a victory in Pro-Am competition at Las Vegas.
The Ferrari Challenge North America Team Championship is based on performance from the drivers as well as execution by the team. For Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale, this has been a combination of having the right drivers on the team along with preparing the right cars to provide the best opportunity to excel.
“This is 100-percent a team trophy,” said Vogel. “It’s a combination of everything coming together and having everyone working with the same goal. It is a team award, but we would never be in this position if we didn’t have such a strong line up of drivers to be able to deliver these results all season long. Everyone on the team works to do everything they can so that the drivers can deliver.”
Martin Burrowes was a leading competitor for Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale in the premier Trofeo Pirelli category, driving the No. 46 Ferrari 488 GT3. Burrowes’ biggest weekend was at WeatherTech Raceway Laguna Seca, where he followed up a third-place finish in the opener with a victory in the Sunday race. Burrowes also double-podiumed at Circuit of The Americas, Indianapolis Motor Speedway and Homestead.
Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale driver Claude Senhoreti finished the campaign with a fourth-place finish in the combined Coppa Shell Finali Mondiali. Earlier in the weekend, Senhoreti finished scored podium finishes in the final two rounds of the 14-race 2019 North American campaign, driving the No. 351 Ferrari 488 Challenge to second on Friday and third on Saturday. The solid results propelled Senhoreti to third in the final Coppa Shell standings. Senhoreti’s best weekend of the year was in Montreal in conjunction with the Grand Prix of Canada, where he won the Sunday race after finishing second on Saturday. He also finished third at Laguna Seca in addition to podiums at Circuit of The Americas, Sebring and Homestead.
Oscar Arroyo was also a strong contender in Coppa Shell Pro competition, running in all of the North American rounds. His best weekend was at Laguna Seca, where he finished second and fourth. He also added a third at Montreal, along with four additional fourth-place finishes. The team ran in Trofeo Pirelli Am at only the Montreal event, with Jose Valera finishing third and fourth in the No. 56 Ferrari.
Rodolfo Lenci drove the team’s No. 133 for five weekends in Coppa Shell Am, led by a pair of second-place finishes at Laguna Seca.
The 2020 Ferrari Challenge season will open with a return to the Daytona International Speedway in January.