Story and photos by Jim Robinson
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Ferrari of Ontario/Alberta will enter one of the most competitive race series in the world starting in January at the legendary Rolex 24 at Daytona.
Team owner and president of Ferrari of Ontario/Alberta, Remo Ferri, announced the team, based in Vaughan, Ont., will contest the entire Grand-Am Rolex GT series with drivers being last year’s series winner Jeff Segal and Max Papis of Champ Car/F1/NASCAR Truck fame.
The team will be managed by R. Ferri Motorsport and AIM Autosport Racing with Ferrari fielding a competition Ferrari 458 Italia Grand Am GT car bearing #61.
AIM is the only Canadian team registered in the Grand-Am Rolex series to have won a GT Series Championship.
Ferri began his career has a technician working on endurance racing Ferraris before opening several dealerships including Ferrari of Ontario/Alberta. His dealerships sell about 10,000 cars a year.
“We’re very pleased to run in the Grand-Am Rolex GT Series with Ferrari,“ Ferri said.
“This series presents us with a unique opportunity to raise our profile among Canadians who appreciate Ferrari’s traditions in world class racing.
“We are proud to represent Canada and, through our support from Ferrari and our partnership with AIM Autosport, we will have a competitive car and expect to contend for the podium in every race.”
Joining Ferri, Segal and Papis at the announcement was Andrew Bordin, AIM co-owner and director of racing.
“This is a great occasion for Ferrari, Ferrari of Ontario/Alberta and AIM Autosport as we have so much to celebrate with our recent 2012 Grand-Am Championship title,” he said.
Ferri said he believes the car and the driver pairing will be one of the best in the series that features 10 races at such famed tracks as Laguna Seca, Road Atlanta and Mid-Ohio.