On Thursday, March 20, both Gov. Andrew Cuomo and the President of Watkins Glen International, Michael Printup, were on hand in Albany to announce a new event taking place at the world-renowned racetrack this season. The Ferrari Challenge will come to New York in 2014.
According to a press release by WGI, "This new event will bring world class drivers and spec versions of the Ferrari 458 Italia to the historic road course, September 19-21."
The Ferrari Challenge is basically a series of events where groups of Ferrari owners who would like to race their cars can meet up at racetracks to do just that. In cooperation with the factory, challenges are set up with different categories of cars.
Gov. Cuomo had this to say about the addition to New York State's attractions for the year: “New York’s own Watkins Glen International is going to offer our state’s first Ferrari Challenge, giving racing fans yet another reason to come to The Glen."
He continued, "Adding more racing events will help continue to grow tourism and bring more visitors to the Finger Lakes region and upstate New York. I wish all participants the best of luck on navigating The Glen."
About the new addition to the track's season calendar, WGI President Michael Printup commented, "The speeds and precision that these cars have will be remarkable to witness at our historic road course this fall. Our fans love sports car racing and we know they are going to be excited to see this new event added to our already action packed season schedule."
The Ferrari Challenge North America makes its New York State debut two weeks after the popular U.S. Vintage Grand Prix historic/vintage racing event at Watkins Glen.
Connie Ann Kirk, Ph.D. has been credentialed by the FIA to write about Formula 1 and by NASCAR to write about that series. She also writes about historic/vintage motor racing events worldwide and is working on a book about racers and racing.