Experience Auto Group showed their hospitality to Ferrari enthusiasts of all ages. EAG hosted an early breakfast to kick off the Rally of the finest vehicles towards Homestead Miami Speedway for the 2017 Ferrari Challenge. It was a thrill to follow these beautiful Ferrari’s down Florida Turnpike, one after an another a physical expression of power and beauty.
I was invited to bring my family and cheer on Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale and Ferrari of Long Island.
Our very own, Chris Cagnazzi and his Ferrari of Long Island 488 Challenge car completed the perfect sweep in race two on Sunday afternoon. Fastest lap by nearly a second and the race win by over five seconds were Chris’ reward for an impressively consistent season. The run to the checkered flag was not as simple as the results may make it seem. The race opened with a literal bang on the opening lap as two cars tangled in the middle of the fast turn one. When it was all said and done, one car had flipped multiple times and landed on its door. A ten minute safety car period ensued while clean up efforts were underway. Once the race returned to green flag conditions, though, Chris was in a class of his own, building a gap over Jean-Claude Saada and Ross Chouest of Boardwalk Ferrari and Ferrari of Palm Beach respectively.
For the 458 EVO – Francesco Piovanetti claimed victory in race two on Sunday in a caution-free thirty minutes of action. Leading home Caesar Bacarella by five seconds, and claiming fastest lap of the race, Francesco was able to build a gap early that he would not relinquish. Further back, Naveen Rao and Joseph Rubbo of Ferrari San Diego and Ferrari Long Island respectively, enjoyed a race-long battle for third place. Lisa Clark once again claimed the Ladies Cup in her Ferrari Beverly Hills 458, finishing tenth in the 458 EVO class.
Schedule – Ferrari Challenge has completed the 2017 North American calendar, but that is not the end of the season. Drivers will be making their way to Mugello in Italy for the final round of the 2017 season and the world finals. Track action will begin on October 25 and conclude on October 29.