EMS Race Team to Compete in Austria for Round 2 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe

EMS Race Team to Compete in Austria for Round 2 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe

EMS Race Team will be competing at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria during Round 2 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe on May 1-2. After pairing a victory at Monza with a P2 finish during Round 1 in Italy, EMS enters Austria as the points leader in class for the European series. Driver James Weiland and his team from Rossocorsa, R3 Motorsports and Ferrari of San Francisco will look for another positive result at Red Bull Ring while racing to help raise awareness for PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle and Cornerstone of Hope.

The world-famous Red Bull Ring has hosted the Formula 1 Austrian Grand Prix for various stretches of time dating back to when it was first opened in 1970 under a different name along with several other high-profile races. The track has undergone a series of renovations since, along with multiple name changes before eventually being purchased by Red Bull. In July of 2013, the F1 Austrian Grand Prix returned to Spielberg after a hiatus and the marquee race has been hosted on the historic track ever since.

“Like we did in Italy, we feel grateful to be able to race and compete again as a team this weekend in Austria,” Weiland said. “We’re also looking forward to measuring ourselves at a great track like Red Bull Ring while competing against a talented field of drivers and giving it our best shot out there.”

EMS Race Team helped get the three charities they race to raise awareness for onto the podium last time out and look to do so again this weekend. 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 bunny logo are cruelty-free, meaning that they were produced without testing on animals. 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. Cornerstone of Hope, meanwhile, is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving. Each mission will be featured on EMS Race Team’s car throughout the trip to Spielberg.

“Over the last year especially, organizations like PETA, Coach Sam’s and Cornerstone have worked through several challenges to continue helping to support our communities,” Weiland added. “Our goal is to help shine any light we can on that by putting forth our best effort on the track in Austria.”

For behind-the-scenes coverage of the Ferrari Races in Red Bull Ring, follow EMS Race Team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram .

 

EMS Race Team Earns Victory During Memorable Weekend at Monza in Italy

EMS Race Team Earns Victory During Memorable Weekend at Monza in Italy

EMS Race Team arrived in Italy for the 2021 Ferrari Challenge at the Autodromo Nazionale Monza with a sense of purpose. Despite six months separating the team from their last race, ERIN the Electronic Merchant Systems Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo found a way to secure a P1 finish during an exciting race to open the weekend. After qualifying P4 for Race 1, the Electronic Merchant Systems car would navigate her way through the Temple of Speed for the victory. The win marked the 21st career Ferrari Challenge P1 finish for EMS Race Team.

“ERIN does it again,” Weiland said after the race. “We started 4th, picked up a spot at the start and then snagged 1st out of the second corner. Fell back to 3rd briefly, but we managed to pass for 2nd position, and then 1st, and won the race here at historic Monza by 1.6 seconds. Really special thanks to Rossocorsa, R3 Motorsports, Ferrari of San Francisco, Coach Conrad Grunewald, David Cameron and Ray Banda. Great team effort.”

The good times continued to roll for Weiland and company on Sunday despite challenging conditions in the wet. ERIN responded from early adversity to race her way back onto the podium during the second Ferrari Challenge event of the weekend. This time, the result was a P2 finish in the rain at Monza.

“We started P2 after a wet qualifying session,” Weiland said of Race 2. “We had a good run on the pole position car at the start but decided it wasn’t there, and broke early to tuck in. Only thing was, we broke early but too lightly and as we approached Turn 1 we had too much speed and had to take the run off. Bad job by the driver. But we rejoined in 5th, and had a really fun race from there.”

ERIN picked off three cars and was chasing down the race leader on Sunday when the safety car appeared with two laps remaining. That incident denied EMS the opportunity to fight for first. Nevertheless, an exciting way to get back into the racing circuit with a P1 and P2 at Monza. The team dedicated the weekend’s efforts to their friends at PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Scholars and Cornerstone of Hope.


People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world. Products proudly displaying the bunny logo are cruelty-free, meaning that they were produced without testing on animals. Coach Sam’s Scholars’ 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. Cornerstone of Hope, meanwhile, is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving.

For behind the scenes coverage from the Ferrari Challenge in Italy, follow EMS Race Team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

EMS Race Team Entering Temple of Speed for the Ferrari Challenge at Monza in Italy

EMS Race Team Entering Temple of Speed for the Ferrari Challenge at Monza in Italy

EMS Race Team will return to the track for the first time since September of 2020 when they arrive in Italy later this month. From April 10-11, driver James Weiland and his crew from Ferrari of San Francisco, R3 Motorsports and Rossocorsa will compete at the Autodromo Monza  (aka the Temple of Speed). The green flag comes six months after EMS last competed in a Ferrari Challenge event.

“We’re excited and grateful to be back on the track doing what we love to do,” Weiland said of the upcoming trip to Italy. “It’s a credit to everyone who helped put this race weekend together. We’ll do our best to take advantage of the opportunity.”

The Autodromo Nazionale di Monza is located north of Milan, Italy near the city of Monza. The historic track was first opened for competitive racing in 1922. Since then, it has gone on to host the Formula 1 Italian Grand Prix every year. One of the many features of the track that must be handled with care is the Curva Grande. This high-speed curve is located after the Variante del Rettifilo which is positioned at the end of the front straight—the part of the course that sees the highest speed.

“We will be racing to raise awareness for PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Scholars and Cornerstone of Hope during the trip to Monza and throughout this season,” Weiland added. “Anything anyone can do to support their efforts and others like them doing great work in our communities is always welcomed.”

People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the largest animal rights organization in the world. Products proudly displaying the bunny logo are cruelty-free, meaning that they were produced without testing on animals. Coach Sam’s Scholars’ 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. Cornerstone of Hope, meanwhile, is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving.

Last season, at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya, Weiland and ERIN the Electronic Merchant Systems Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo secured a pole position during the Ferrari Races in July and went on to earn P1 in Spain. Later, at Spa in Belgium, EMS also earned a pair of podium finishes. But ERIN was obviously only able to race twice in 2020, leading to much anticipation for all involved in the upcoming trip to Monza.

In 2019, EMS Race Team earned victories in Bahrain, France, Germany and Italy. The team earned 10 podium finishes throughout the year overall, after reaching the podium seven times in 2018. One of those trips to the podium in ’18 for Weiland included a P2 finish at Monza. The following year at the Ferrari World Finals in Mugello, EMS Race Team earned the title of Ferrari Challenge World Champion.

For behind the scenes coverage from the Ferrari Challenge in Italy, follow EMS Race Team on Facebook , Twitter and Instagram.