Tonight Louisa and I attended the 458 Speciale preview party at Ferrari of Palm Beach. It was a great night shared with fellow Ferrari enthusiasts, owners and the wonderful staff at our local dealership. What a great looking car. I can't wait to drive one! Here are a few pictures... enjoy!
I recently had the opportunity to test the new Ferrari 458 Challenge EVO at Homestead-Miami Speedway while coaching with my clients at MG-1 Motorsports and Ferrari of San Diego. What an incredible machine. The only changes from the existing 458 Challenge is in the bodywork. The new EVO kit features a GT3-style front bumper with a carbon fiber splitter and a rather large rear wing mounted solidly to the chassis. The increase in downforce makes the new 458 Challenge EVO another step up from an already impressive race car with added stability & grip in medium to high speed corners, better braking and a 'fun-factor' that's reached new levels.
Thank you, Ferrari, for continually producing vehicles that are 'even better' than the last.
This week I had the opportunity to work with a client of mine (coaching) at the 2013 Ferrari Challenge World Finals - the 'Finali Mondiali Ferrari' - at Mugello Circuit in Scarperia, Italy. It was my first visit to 'the mother land', Italy, and hopefully won't be my last. The event takes place every year in a different location to conclude Ferrari's motorsport season. It is described by Ferrari like this:
This week I'm somewhere I've dreamed of visiting my entire life - Italy! I'm here to work with a driver competing in the Ferrari Challenge World Finals at Mugello - yes, I love my job - and decided to make a little vacation of it with my wife, Louisa.
Here she is, Level 5 Motorsport's No. 552 Honda Racing / HPD P2 Machine, aptly named - "The Black Pearl."
The 2013 Tour de Road America - BIKE RIDE TO FIGHT CANCER was another hit this year, successfully raising over $26,000.00 for the Austin Hatcher Foundation, Vince Lombardi Cancer Clinic and LIVESTRONG. Over $1,000 of that $26k was raised by me, thanks to all of my friends, family and fans who donated on my behalf.
This week we are North of the border at the BAD-BOY of race tracks in North America - the insanely fast Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (formerly known as Mosport). This place was built back when men were men, if you know what I'm saying, with huge, sweeping, fast corners and tons of elevation change. Of all tracks out there, 'CTMP' really separates the men from the boys.
Tonight the wife & I visited the Corning Museum of Glass, an icon of the area. After all my years coming to Watkins Glen I've never visited this place until now.
As they say, "The Corning Museum of Glass cares for and displays the world’s best collection of art and historical glass. When you visit, you’ll see more than 3,500 years of history displayed in the Glass Collection Galleries, from the glass portrait of an ancient Egyptian pharaoh to contemporary sculpture made in glass."
Guess where I'm going to be this week? That's right! At Watkins Glen International for the Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series famed Sahlen's Six Hours of The Glen! I'll be joining Mike Hedlund and Johannes van Overbeek in the Extreme Speed Motorsports Tequila Patrón Ferrari 458 Italia Grand-Am.
Last year the three of us had a great run at the 6 hour, battling it out with Grand-Am's best in GT where we finished 4th. This year we will be strong again, but definitely looking to improve on that 4th place finish and bring home some BACON - or is that Hot Dogs...?
Extreme Speed Motorsports and I just wrapped up a very successful two-day test at one of North America's greatest race tracks - VIRginia International Raceway. It was a much-needed test that helped us gain a much better understanding of exactly what these Honda Racing HPD P2 machines really need to go FAST - and FAST is an understatement...