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    8 Rare Ferrari GTOs to Compete at Lime Rock

    Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge Returns to Lime Rock Park -- Up to Eight Rare GTOs Compete in Series Final East Coast Grid for '06

    LAKEVILLE, Conn., July 18 -- Ferrari North America's Shell Historic Challenge enters its fifth and final event of the 2006 season, returning to Lime Rock Park, July 21-22, with a grouping of 35 rare and collectible Ferrari, Maserati and pre-war Alfa Romeo vehicles that will include up to eight impressive Ferrari 250 GTOs.

    According to Maurizio Parlato, president and CEO of Ferrari North America, Inc., the GTO is widely considered to be the quintessential Ferrari model, and one of the greatest sports cars of all time -- as it was virtually unbeatable in its class at Sebring, LeMans, the Tour de France, and other great races of the period. "The heritage and beauty of these cars are one aspect of the enjoyment of Historic races," said Parlato. "However, even more impressive is the authenticity and craftsmanship these vehicles display as they continue to showcase exactly what placed Ferrari on the forefront of sports car racing in the 1950s, 1960s and 1970s."

    The Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge was created to offer owners of these historic racers the opportunity to compete against other owners in a controlled racing series. It is a series meant for the enjoyment of all its participants, and the rules are written to support that intention. Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge drivers are expected to compete in a gentlemanly spirit of fair play, with respect for the regulations, their competitors, and the cars. During the event, not only will fans enjoy the sights, sounds and track experience of these classic cars, but they can also tour the paddock areas where they can view the vehicles up close.

    Competing in two separate programs (Disc Brake and Drum Brake groups), the Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge has been in existence since 1993. This season, the Disc Brake group has been dominated by three key drivers -- Lawrence Stroll, Tom Price and Jim Fuchs -- and for the Lime Rock race, both Stroll and Price will be driving a pair of 250 GTOs, while Fuchs will continue to compete in his 512 BB/LM. Peter Giddings continues to lead the Drum standings for the season, driving the oldest car in the field, his ex-Whitney Straight Maserati 8CM.

    The two-day event at Lime Rock will also include track days for the Empire State Region Ferrari Club of America. More than 75 Ferraris, including Ferrari 355 and 360 Challenge cars and perhaps a few 333 SP prototypes, are expected at this FCA event.

    Following the Lime Rock event, the Ferrari Shell Historic Challenge will travel to Italy in October for the series Finals.

    Ferrari North America, Inc. is headquartered in Englewood Cliffs, N.J., and is the exclusive importer for Ferrari vehicles in North and South America, including the F430 Berlinetta, F430 Spider convertible sports car, and 612 Scaglietti (luxury performance 2+2). For more information please visit http://www.ferrariusa.com/ .

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    Re: 8 Rare Ferrari GTOs to Compete at Lime Rock

    Cool! I've seen bunches (at least a dozen) GTO's racing each other at the Monterey Historics during the Pebble Beach Concours weekends. It's a great sight (and sound)!

     
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