Toronto, Ontario, Canada – R. Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI announced today that Canadian professional racing driver Kyle Marcelli will join Alex Riberas of Spain in driving the team’s No. 61 Ferrari 488 GT3 in the highly competitive Pirelli World Challenge SprintX races.
Marcelli, 27, of Barrie, Ontario is a highly experienced driver who has been racing sports cars professionally since 2010. A former Canadian Formula Ford champion, he’s entered 180 races in his career and won 21, captured 24 pole positions and finished on the podium 72 times for a podium percentage of 40 per cent.
The SprintX races are 60 minutes in length and feature mandatory driver and tire changes. Marcelli’s first race with the team will be at the Virginia International Raceway on April 28-30 and he will be in the cockpit when the series races at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, north of Bowmanville, Ontario, on the Victoria Day weekend May 19-21.
Team owner Remo Ferri was delighted to make the announcement that Marcelli would be one of the drivers on his team that has made its mark in the sport including strong campaigns in PWC, Grand-Am and IMSA as well as strong representation in Ferrari Challenge.
“We are excited to have Kyle join our team. Being a young Canadian driver, I’ve followed his career closely over the years and I feel he’s a good fit for our team and will work well with Alex at the SprintX races.
“I’m happy to support Canadian racing talent by giving them a platform to showcase their abilities and hopefully achieve a larger role in the Ferrari Racing Program.”
Marcelli was full of praise for Ferri and his organization.
“It’s such an honour to join R. Ferri Motorsport and Ferrari. I’m overjoyed with this opportunity to pilot and represent such an iconic brand. I want to thank Remo and his team for selecting me for this position.
“This program has my full attention and best efforts. I look forward to driving alongside Alex Riberas. He’s very quick and I expect we will push each other to get the best result on track.”
Riberas, from Barcelona, Spain, joined the R. Ferri Motorsport RACING WITH FERRARI organization earlier this year. He is coming off an impressive season in the Asian Le Mans Series with a Team Championship and a second place finish in the Driver’s Championship.
The 2017 Pirelli World Challenge GT season consists of nineteen rounds at ten prestigious venues across North America, including the stop at CTMP.
Photos from the Grand Prix of St.Petes now posted here:
My photos from the IndyCar St.Petes weekend are now posted here:
Photos from the Grand Prix of St Petes weekend now posted here :
Great day at the track today for Canadians with two drivers and one team taking podium positions at Sebring Raceway.
In GS the #60 Mustang of Scott Maxwell and Jade Buford came home in first place, followed by the #69 McLaren GT4 driven by Chris Green and Jesse Lazare in second place followed up with the #77 C360 McLaren GT4. Others finished as follows:
5th #76 C360R McLaren GT4
8th #68 Kenny Wilden/Rod Randell McLaren GT4
11th #12 Cameron Cassels/Trent Hindman Porsche Cayman GT4
9th #75 C360R Audi S3
11th #37 James Vance/Mike Lamarra
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, March 15, 2017.- The Montreal-based Motorsports In Action (MIA) team is happy to announce the arrival of two prestigious sponsors, Swiss Corum watches and Zetta Jet, who join the team in their season’s pursuit of the Continental Endurance SportsCar Challenge, with events held in both Canada and the United States. Branded in Corum and Zetta Jet livery, the two McLaren 570S GT4 entered by the MIA team will take to the Sebring track starting this Thursday.
Prestigious Swiss watch company founded in 1955 and based in La-Chaux-de-Fonds, canton of Neuchâtel, Corum is associating itself with this type of Endurance competition for the first time. “We are proud of this partnership with Motorsports In Action (MIA). The team is a dynamic one that uses McLaren cars, who are known worldwide for its prestige, its efficiency and the beauty of its products. These are all characteristics that are in common with the Corum enterprise” mentions Davide Traxler, CEO of Corum, whose family of watches include Admiral, Golden Bridge, Bubble and Coin.
MIA would like to thank and acknowledge VIAGP for making this kind introduction to Corum.
The world’s first truly personalized private airline, Zetta Jet promises to deliver the ultimate in bespoke luxury experiences to a discerning clientele with its unique experience that combines the dedicated Asian service philosophy with the flexibility and ‘can-do’ spirit of the U.S., adorned with the glamour of Europe’s enduring chic on its Bombardier fleet with ultra-long range intercontinental capabilities across the Pacific Rim.
“We are very pleased with this new collaboration with the Motorsports In Action team” indicates Geoffery Cassidy, Managing Director, Zetta Jet. “We are looking forward to following the two MIA teams’ Continental SportsCar Challenge performance on the track.”
Thirty-five teams are entered in the Continental SportsCar Challenge series’ event, taking place as part of the 12 Hours of Sebring. The two-hour race is set to start this Friday March 17th, at 3:40pm.
Montreal, Quebec, Canada, March 13, 2017.- The Motorsports In Action (MIA) team will return to action in the North American Endurance series this weekend, as its two McLaren 570S GT4s contest the Continental SportsCar Challenge event at the famous Sebring track in Florida. After missing a podium spot in the opening round in Daytona, Jesse Lazare and his teammate Chris Green will attempt to reach even higher in their #69 car, while Ontarian Kenny Wilden and American Dr. Rod Randall will team up again in the #68 car.
For the MIA team, entirely from Montreal and brought together by veteran driver and owner Eric Kerub, the hopes of claiming a good result for the team’s debut at the central Florida track, during the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring, are legitimate ones. « We’re eyeing a good result at Sebring. It’s a two-hour race, only half of the distance completed in Daytona at the end of January. Our drivers will have to give it their all from the first to the last lap but I am confident this will happen. We’re hot off Jesse’s recent win at the 24 Hours of Daytona. He and Chris, as well as our drivers in car 68 are capable of doing very well » he declared.
The MIA team participated in the Chin Motorsports Track Day two weeks ago, with excellent performances. In addition, the Sebring circuit, similar to the tracks that will be used later in the season, should favour the McLaren 570S GT4, which was not the case in Daytona. There, car 69 was beaten at the front of the pack as a result of a small hit towards the end of the race and car 68 finished in the top 10.
Confirmed for the season at the wheel of the #69 Garaga et Pfaff car, the duo made up of Jesse Lazare and Chris Green hope to earn their first Top 5 at Sebring. In “The Advanced Cardiovascular Center of Tampay Bay” car #68, the experienced Ontario driver Kenny Wilden and Dr. Rod Randall will once again team up, after their excellent result in Daytona.
Thirty-five teams are entered in the Continental SportsCar Challenge series event, whose start takes place on Friday, March 17th, at 3:40pm.
Today’s race winner was Sebastien Bourdais in the #18 Dale Coyne Racing Honda. Following Sebastien was :
#2 Simon Pagenaud Team Penske Chevrolet
#3 #9 Scott Dixon GE LED Lighting Honda
#4 #28 Ryan Hunter-Reay DHL Honda
#5 #26 Takuma Sato Andretti Autosport Honda
James Hinchcliffe started the race in 3rd position and led 21 laps of the race before finishing in 9th with his SPM Honda.
Next IndyCar Race will be The Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on 9/Apr/2017