Ferrari, F1 invade Daytona International Speedway


A Scuderia F1 car made laps at Daytona International Speedway Wednesday. (Photo: Greg Engle)

A Scuderia F1 car made laps at Daytona International Speedway Wednesday. (Photo: Greg Engle)

DAYTONA BEACH FLA. – Standing in the infield between turns 3 and 4 at Daytona International Speedway Wednesday the roar of an engine could heard. Earlier that sound belonged to the 130 Ferraris testing ahead of this weekend’s Ferrari Challenge “Final Mondali” or World Finals.

This sound however was different, and distinctive.  Soon it became apparent as to why.  Exiting the infield road course and taking to the 31 degrees of banking of the famous turns at Daytona a Scuderia F1 car made its appearance. It was a sight only seen in the past by a few during a closed private test.

Wednesday, in between testing sessions, the car took laps, the same type of car raced by Ferrari champions Michael Schumacher, Felipe Massa and Fernando Alonso.

Scuderia Ferrari’s F1 cars will once again be seen at Daytona this weekend.  Sunday, current Ferrari F1 driver’s Kimi Raikkonen and Sebastian Vettel will show off two F60s, doing hot laps and simulated pit stops, topping off the exhibition with an historic duel crossing of the start-finish line.

While F1 cars have taken laps at Daytona, unlike in the past, the public is invited to this display. It’s only a small part of four days of activities both on track and off that celebrate all things Ferrari.  There are plenty of on-track practices, featuring “rookie” driver Rusty Wallace. The 60-year old NASCAR champion and Hall of Fame driver will be preparing to take part in the most competitive class, the Trofeo Pirelli.

This is the first Ferrari Finali Mondiali held in the United States, and if successful American motorsports and sports car fans hope it won’t be the last. Tickets can be had at


Greg Engle