EMS Race Team Opens Season with Pair of Podium Finishes at Daytona Ferrari Challenge

EMS Race Team Opens Season with Pair of Podium Finishes at Daytona Ferrari Challenge

The great Mario Andretti once said, “Racing is like one big family, ultimately, and when you come back to it, that’s really what it feels like.” EMS Race Team opened the 2018 Ferrari Challenge at Daytona International Speedway by returning to their Boardwalk Ferrari/Ferrari of San Francisco family to begin another season of racing together. Competing in the Trofeo Pirelli pro class, they would eventually put forth a collective effort that was worthy of a pair of podium finishes.

Driver James Weiland and Paris, the ems+ Ferrari 488 Challenge, raced to finishes of 3rd overall out of a field of 39 cars in both Race 1 and Race 2 at Daytona. After competing for pole position during qualifying, Weiland started each race in the second and third spot, respectively, to give his team a chance at a podium. Cooper Macneil (Ferrari Silicon Valley) was the winner in Race 1 while Peter Ludwig (Wide World Ferrari) secured the victory in Race 2. In each race, Weiland held off Joseph Rubbo (Ferrari of Long Island) who finished fourth.

 

“Jim was bumped up to the pro class again this year and he qualified well throughout the weekend,” Coach Conrad Grunewald said. “He had a really good race going in Race 1, running P3 for most of the race. He made a small mistake, ended up back in P4, but the guy he was racing for the podium also made a small mistake. Jim got back on the podium from there, and finished that way. We were really stoked with the performance, Jim’s racing against guys who raced fully professional for many years, so finishing on the podium is a big success for him.

“Then on Saturday, he drove an even better race. Jim was able to hold onto the two pro guys up front. The car was better balanced for him, and he drove a much more solid race. The guys he was battling on Friday weren’t really a factor in Race 2. He pulled about a 3-4 second lead on them and was able to inch away. Overall, it was a really good weekend, so now it’s on to the next one.”

The next race for Weiland and Boardwalk Ferrari/Ferrari of San Francisco is the Melbourne, Australia Ferrari Challenge in March. But before shifting focus to that one, Weiland reflected on his team’s performance throughout the weekend. He also talked about the opportunity to raise awareness for Cornerstone of Hope, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle and PETA Cruelty Free during the Ferrari Challenge event that served as a support race for the highly anticipated Rolex 24 at Daytona International Speedway.

“It was a team effort this weekend and we’re really proud of the way that everyone contributed,” Weiland said. “Our crew had Paris dialed in and she responded well out there on the track. So, big thanks to R3 Motorsports, Boardwalk Ferrari/Boardwalk San Francisco, Nathan Dunning, Ryan Negri, Rudy Courtade, Dave Cameron, Daryl Cameron, our coach Conrad Grunewald, and everyone on the team who helped make it a successful trip. With the Ferrari Challenge fans and everyone pouring in for the Rolex 24, we wanted to represent Cornerstone of Hope, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle and PETA Cruelty Free to the best of our ability and fortunately we were able to accomplish that.”

Cornerstone of Hope is an effort dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. Guided by Christian values of compassion and service, they welcome and serve all seeking support. Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation’s mission is to provide educational support to at risk children through a combination of literacy, personal development and health and fitness programs designed to develop the whole child. The People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than three million members and supporters. Products proudly displaying the cruelty-free logo mean that they were produced without testing on animals.

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EMS Race Team Opens 2018 Ferrari Challenge at Daytona International Speedway

EMS Race Team Opens 2018 Ferrari Challenge at Daytona International Speedway

After concluding the 2017 season at the Mugello Circuit in Italy this past November, EMS Race Team will open the 2018 Ferrari Challenge at Daytona International Speedway on January 25-27. It will mark the first of eight races for driver James Weiland and the crew from Boardwalk Ferrari who will be competing in eight different countries throughout the year. Weiland and company will be racing around the world once again to raise awareness for PETA Cruelty Free, Cornerstone of Hope, and Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation and it all begins at Daytona.

2018 Ferrari Challenge Schedule:

  • January 25-27: Daytona (United States)
  • March 22-25: Melbourne (Australia)
  • April 12-15: Hampton Downs (New Zealand)
  • May 11-13: Spa-Francorchamps (Belgium)
  • June 8-10: Montreal (Canada)
  • July 20-22: Brno (Czech Republic)
  • September 14-16: Barcelona (Spain)
  • November 1-4: Ferrari World Finals at Monza (Italy)

The trip to Daytona later this month will be the first time Weiland has competed at the world-famous track in Florida since securing the Trofeo Pirelli AM season championship in 2016. It will also be the first time Weiland will be driving the newly redesigned ems+ Ferrari 488 Challenge trimmed in red named Paris. Weiland and Paris will look to leverage EMS Race Team’s past success and familiarity with Daytona amongst a competitive field in the Trofeo Pirelli class.

“Daytona is a challenging course to be sure but it’s also one that we really enjoy racing,” Weiland said. “We didn’t get a chance to race here last year, but we did make two trips to Daytona in 2016 so we’re familiar with how we need to drive to be successful. Racing in the Trofeo Pirelli class this season, we know we won’t have any margin for error. But if we control what we can control as a team, put forth our best effort and execute a disciplined race, we will be happy with the results.”

Starting a new season offers a renewed sense of commitment to the causes close to EMS Race Team’s heart. For Cornerstone of Hope, their volunteers and staff spent many hours over the holidays supporting those who were grieving the loss of loved ones. Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation, meanwhile, is in the middle of a school year pouring their collective energy into helping at-risk third-graders with reading and writing. PETA Cruelty Free is working to minimize testing on animals all over the globe. It’s these reasons and others that inspire EMS Race Team to raise as much awareness as possible for those efforts out on the track.

Racing to raise awareness for the following causes:

  • PETA Cruelty Free: People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world, with more than 3 million members and supporters. Products proudly displaying this logo are cruelty-free, meaning that they were produced without testing on animals.
  • Cornerstone of Hope: Cornerstone of Hope is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. Guided by Christian values of compassion and service, they welcome and serve all seeking support. Cornerstone offers professional counseling for all who are seeking support.
  • Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation: Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation’s mission is to provide educational support to at risk children through a combination of literacy, personal development and health and fitness programs designed to develop the whole child.

“We’re honored once again to be representing PETA Cruelty Free, Cornerstone of Hope and Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation throughout the 2018 Ferrari Challenge,” Weiland added. “The work those three charities do is incredibly inspirational on many levels. Paris’ new design has each logo featured even more prominently this year, and we hope to spread as much awareness as possible by turning in an effort they would be proud of each time out.”

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