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Recapping the Ferrari Challenge Race Experience With Chairman JW

Recapping the Ferrari Challenge Race Experience With Chairman JW

EMS Racing competed in the North American Ferrari Challenge this weekend. On Monday, we caught up with Chairman JW, who raced to raise awareness for PETA, after his return from Montreal, Canada.

“The first practice session was wet,” JW recalled. “But I finished first in class by a second and 6th overall in a field of 35 split between the pro class and amateur. We were very pleased with the start. The second practice was dry and I finished second in class, 10th overall.”

The official qualifying session was scheduled next, but Mother Nature had other plans. The second practice times for all racers were used for positioning in Race 1 as a result of the qualifying lap being rained-out.

“They thought Race 1 would be wet,” JW explained. “We were on rain tires because of that. It ended up being dry, which was quite difficult. It was the same challenge for everyone, though, of course.”

Rain tires, for those who don’t know, have very little grip when it’s dry.

Despite the track conditions, EMS Racing got out to a great start in Race 1. On Lap 4, however, a move for the top spot ended up creating some adversity.

“I was running 2nd in Class, 6th Overall, on Lap 4 when I spun trying to chase down the car running in first,” JW said. “We kept the car on road but the blue, something-big-is-wrong, light lit up the dash. Apparently, the anti-lock brake computer frazzled while I was rolling backwards at the end of the spin.”

This sequence, eventually, would end EMS’ day.

“I had maintained position in second,” he explained, while recovering from the initial spin. “The next car was way behind me. But going into the next corner, as I  braked, the front tires both locked. Amid giant puffs of smoke, I was tossed left into wall.”

Race over.

“The worst part was that Race 2 slots were determined by Race 1’s final positions.”

Race 2, however, was a new day for JW and EMS.

“It was sunny and the stands were packed with around 200,000 people,” he said, recalling the scene surrounding Race 2.

“We got a storming start from 30th and worked up to 4th in Class, 14th overall, before I made one mistake where I got passed. Then I had another spin trying to pass and ended up 6th in Class. The second race was big fun, though, a great experience.”

JW added that the Ferrari Challenge weekend, overall, provided valuable racing lessons he can build on moving forward.

“The biggest takeaway on the positive side was that I showed I have the speed in practice,” he added. “The negative is that I am not closing the deal yet in races.

I very realistically should have podium’d or even won both races in Class. But it was only my second race weekend of my life and all these guys are way more experienced. Overall, it really was fun, fun experience.”

EMS Featured in Autoweek For Our Support of PETA at Ferrari Challenge

EMS Featured in Autoweek For Our Support of PETA at Ferrari Challenge

EMS Chairman JW was featured in an Autoweek article written by Mike Larson on Thursday for our support of PETA at the upcoming Ferrari Challenge.

An excerpt of that article is below:

“One of the cars in the North American Ferrari Challenge — which heads to Montréal’s Canadian Grand Prix on June 7 — boasts logos never before seen on a pro raceway, courtesy of PETA.

Amateur Ferrari driver Jim Weiland will be driving for a cause, supporting PETA’s campaign against blinding rabbits and poisoning other animals by plastering two “PETA” signs and one “cruelty-free” bunny, which the group licenses to companies that don’t test their products on animals, to the car. Weiland will race the PETA car throughout the remaining four races of the series.

“By putting PETA’s cruelty-free bunny logo on his Ferrari, Jim Weiland is helping racing fans across North America learn how easy it is to help animals simply by shopping cruelty-free,” says PETA Senior Vice President Kathy Guillermo. “PETA’s bunny logo makes it easy to find the thousands of companies who sell top-quality personal-care and household products that were never tested on animals.”’

EMS is honored to be racing on behalf of PETA. Big thanks to Autoweek  for spreading the word on PETA’s campaign against blinding rabbits and poisoning other animals. For more information and how you can help, please visit

Full Article: PETA to show logo on North American Ferrari Challenge car in Montreal