EMS Race Team Notches 7th Podium Finish of the Season in Spain

EMS Race Team Notches 7th Podium Finish of the Season in Spain

EMS Race Team traveled to Valencia, Spain to compete in Round 4 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe and did enough to stay within striking distance of the overall series lead. While the race results may not have been what the team had hoped for going in, ERIN the Electronic Merchant Systems Ferrari 488 Challenge EVO did collect a P4 and P3 to keep the team within two points of the driver’s championship. They also picked up their 7th podium finish in eight races along the way with a late-August event at the Nurinburgring in Germany up next.

After securing a P1 and P2 finish in Italy to open the 2021 campaign, EMS added double-podiums in Austria and the Czech Republic before securing podium No. 7 in Spain last weekend. Those results have earned driver James Weiland and his team from Rossocorsa, R3 Motorsports and Ferrari of San Francisco a total of 96 points overall in the series which ranks second behind Ernst Kirchmayr (Baron Motorsport) who currently has 98. Trailing Weiland in third is Christian Kinch (Formula Racing) who has totaled 76 points so far.

“Not our best weekend ever but nice to bring home some hardware,” Weiland said following the Ferrari Races in Spain on Sunday. “Thanks to Ferrari of San Francisco, R3 Motorsports, Rossocorsa, Dave Cameron, Ray Banda and Conrad Grunewald as we fought hard all weekend. We are now down a couple points in the championship but we have six races in front of us including two at our next event in Germany.”

That fight was evident throughout the weekend and highlighted by a late charge on Saturday that turned a P5 into a P4 with a photo-finish to close out Race 1.  While trailing Alex Fox coming around the last turn, ERIN kicked it into high gear down the final stretch to edge past Fox at the finish line and earn the Ferrari Races Move of the Day for her efforts.

ERIN Earns Ferrari Races Move of the Day:

During Race 2, ERIN continued to fight through adversity while being nimble enough to dance around a potential disaster. After qualifying P3, ERIN jumped out to a lead early in Race 2 but was forced to slam on her brakes to avoid a competitor’s car that came careening through the grass and back onto the track after being bumped off by another driver coming around Turn 1. ERIN was forced to let a number of cars by as a result to prevent what would have been a race-ending collision before coming back to close out the weekend on the podium.

ERIN Avoids Potential Collision at Circuit de Valencia:

Throughout the trip to the Spain, Weiland and his team continued to race to raise awareness for 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, 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 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.

“We want to thank PETA, Coach Sam’s and Cornerstone for everything they continue to do for our communities,” Weiland added. “We always appreciate the opportunity to help raise awareness for them on the track and our team is looking forward to doing the same later this summer in Germany.”

For behind-the-scenes coverage of the Ferrari Races throughout the 2021 campaign, follow EMS Race Team on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

EMS Race Team Travels to Spain for Round 4 of Ferrari Challenge Europe

EMS Race Team Travels to Spain for Round 4 of Ferrari Challenge Europe

EMS Race Team travels to Spain this week to compete in Round 4 of Ferrari Challenge Europe on June 19-20 at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo in Valencia. Driver James Weiland and his team from Rossocorsa, R3 Motorsports and Ferrari of San Francisco have earned six podium finishes through six races this year and will be looking to build on their overall series lead in Spain. After securing a P1 and P2 finish in Italy to open the 2021 campaign, EMS has gone on to add double-podiums in Austria and the Czech Republic to total 77 points overall which leads the drivers standings by seven.

“We’re excited to go racing again this weekend,” Weiland said. “Our team is focused and we know we need to be especially sharp with the talented field of drivers that we’ll be competing against. This will also be our first time racing in Valencia so we’ll try to learn the course quickly and start laying down the best lap times we can from there.”

The Circuit Ricardo Tormo is also known as the Circuit de Valencia and it’s located in Valencia, Spain. The track was built in 1999 and can hold up to 120,000 fans while featuring a main straight of 876 meters. In addition to hosting several high-profile motorsports events throughout the year, the circuit is also often used as a test track by Formula One teams because of the mild temperatures in Valencia during the winter. EMS will be racing in Spain to help raise awareness for PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Scholars and Cornerstone of Hope.

“We always enjoy having the chance to help raise awareness for PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Scholars and Cornerstone of Hope in a place we’ve never raced before,” Weiland added. “So we have an extra incentive to help make a good first impression for each of those great causes while we’re in Valencia 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 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. Each mission will be featured on EMS Race Team’s car throughout the race weekend in Spain.

For behind-the-scenes coverage of Round 4 of Ferrari Challenge Europe in Valencia, follow EMS Race Team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also stream all the racing action live at ferrari.com throughout the weekend.

EMS Race Team Earns Double Podium in Czech Republic to Lead Season Series

EMS Race Team Earns Double Podium in Czech Republic to Lead Season Series

During two hard-fought Ferrari Challenge races at the Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic, EMS Race Team earned their fifth and sixth podium finish of the 2021 season. After the team’s streak of 12-straight podiums came to an end at Watkins Glen in New York last month, driver James Weiland and his crew from Rossocorsa, R3 Motorsports and Ferrari of San Francisco started a new streak with a pair of second-place finishes at Brno. The effort was also enough to maintain the overall series lead in Ferrari Challenge Europe heading into Round 4.

ERIN the Electronic Merchant Systems Ferrari 488 Challenge EVO pushed hard for a first-place finish in each race at Brno, finishing just tenths of a second away from the win. The pair of second place finishes helped Weiland and company earn 77 points on the season heading into the Ferrari Races in Spain on June 19-20. Ernst Kirchmayr (Baron Motorsport) is the next closest competitor to Weiland, currently trailing by seven through three rounds.

EMS Race Team earned a P1 and P2 finish in Italy at Monza to open the 2021 campaign and then combined that with double-podiums in Austria and now Brno. Heading into Round 4 in Spain, the team will be focused once again on securing that top step of the podium in order to extend the series lead as much as possible.

“I better start pulling off some passes for the lead or the Reserve Driver will be taking over!” Weiland joked after the races at Brno. “But really just a great job overall by the team this weekend. Big thanks to Ferrari of San Francisco, R3 Motorsports, Rossocorsa, Conrad Grunewald, David Cameron and Ray Banda. Hopefully we can keep getting better and put together a couple of good results in Spain in a few weeks.”

Watch Race Highlights from Brno:

Throughout the trip to the Czech Republic, Weiland and his team continued to race to raise awareness for 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, 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 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.

“We were happy to help do what we could to spread the word a little bit on all of the great work that PETA, Coach Sam’s and Cornerstone have continued to do during our trip to the Czech Republic. We also always encourage people to check out their websites, learn more about what they are doing to help our communities, and find ways to support them however possible.”

For behind-the-scenes coverage of the Ferrari Races throughout the 2021 campaign, follow EMS Race Team on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

EMS Race Team Looks to Extend Series Lead at Brno Circuit in Czech Republic

EMS Race Team Looks to Extend Series Lead at Brno Circuit in Czech Republic

EMS Race Team arrives at the Brno Circuit in the Czech Republic this weekend to compete in Round 3 of the Ferrari Challenge Europe Series. After the team’s streak of 12-straight podium finishes came to an end at Watkins Glen in New York, driver James Weiland and his crew from Rossocorsa, R3 Motorsports and Ferrari of San Francisco will look to start a new streak during the Ferrari Races on May 29-30.

Following impressive efforts at Monza and Spielberg to open the European Challenge, Weiland and company currently sit in first place in the series standings overall heading into Brno. EMS began the racing season with a P1 and P2 finish in Italy and then combined that with a double-podium in Austria. That gave Weiland 50 points on the season which has his team up by 11 over the next closest driver. But in order to extend that lead this weekend, the team will need to take it one lap at a time and continue to collectively push in order to maximize results.

“Our streak of 12 podiums in a row was snapped at Watkins Glen but we’re putting that experience behind us,” Weiland said. “Our goal is to keep moving forward and start a new podium streak during the trip to Brno.”

The Brno Circuit, previously referred to as the Masaryk Circuit, is a motorsport track located near the city of Brno in the Czech Republic. The circuit dates as far back as 1930, when an open-air track was constructed which ran along the main roads on the outskirts of town. Racing on the old roads ended in 1986, when the current circuit was officially opened. EMS Race Team last competed at the track during the Ferrari Challenge races in 2018.

Throughout the trip to the Czech Republic, Weiland will continue to race to raise awareness for 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, 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 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.

“We’re proud of what PETA, Coach Sam’s and Cornerstone have continued to do and we just want to help spread the word on that as much as possible. If we can get them back onto the podium in the Czech Republic that would be great too.”

For behind-the-scenes coverage of the Ferrari Races at Brno, follow EMS Race Team on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

Watkins Glen Ferrari Challenge Up Next For EMS Race Team

Watkins Glen Ferrari Challenge Up Next For EMS Race Team

EMS Race Team will be competing at Watkins Glen International in New York during the Ferrari Challenge North American event on May 21-23. After racing out to an overall series lead in Ferrari Challenge Europe through the first two rounds of this year, driver James Weiland and his team from Ferrari of San Francisco will look to secure their first podium of 2021 in the United States. Through four races in Monza, Italy and Spielberg, Austria, Weiland and ERIN the Electronic Merchant Systems Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo have already totaled four podiums and will be looking for more this weekend.

Road racing first came to Watkins Glen in 1948 by way of Cameron Argetsinger, a law student at Cornell University whose family had ties to the area since the early 1800’s. On October 2nd, 1948, Argetsinger organized the circuit’s first Grand Prix event and they’ve been racing at the “The Glen” ever since. In addition to hosting several high profile races along with the Ferrari Challenge, the circuit has also been named “America’s Best NASCAR Track” on four occasions by readers of USA Today.

“We’re excited to go racing at Watkins Glen this weekend,” Weiland said. “While we’ve been primarily competing in Europe these last few years, it will be nice to get back out and compete in the North American series and we’re hoping to do the best we can as a team while we’re there.”

EMS Race Team will be competing once again to help raise awareness for 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, 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 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. Each mission will be featured on EMS Race Team’s car throughout the trip to New York state.

“We’re proud of what PETA, Cornerstone and Coach Sam’s have continued to accomplish and hope that we’re able to do whatever we can to help spread the word on their efforts during the event at Watkins Glen.” 

Directly after the races in New York, Weiland and company will have a quick turnaround before jumping back into the European Ferrari Challenge with Round 3 in the Czech Republic scheduled for May 29. For behind-the-scenes coverage of the Ferrari Races all season long, follow EMS Race Team on FacebookTwitter, and Instagram.

EMS Race Team Earns Pair of Podiums During the Austrian Ferrari Challenge

EMS Race Team Earns Pair of Podiums During the Austrian Ferrari Challenge

EMS Race Team earned a pair of podium finishes during an exciting weekend of racing at the Red Bull Ring in Spielberg, Austria. In doing so, the team was able to extend their points lead in the 2021 European Ferrari Challenge season series with Round 3 in the Czech Republic scheduled for later this month. Driver James Weiland and his team from Rossocorsa, R3 Motorsports and Ferrari of San Francisco earned a P3 finish on Saturday before offering a spirited comeback on Sunday to close out the weekend with another podium.

During Race 1, EMS qualified 3rd and that is where they finished—but Race 2 was much more eventful. On Sunday, ERIN the Electronic Merchant Systems Ferrari 488 Challenge Evo was unceremoniously punted into the grass exiting Turn 1 at the start of the race. She was forced to rejoin in 17th place after receiving contact during the incident but then went work. ERIN would surgically dispatch one car after another from there to finish 4th overall and 3rd in class in only about 10 green flags laps. Along the way, she also laid down the fastest time in all three sectors and the fastest lap to conclude a memorable trip to the Austrian Alps.

“It was a great team effort for us and also a tremendous event overall in Austria,” Weiland said. “Special thanks to Dave Cameron and Ray Banda of R3 Motorsports for an impeccably prepared car as always, Engineer Gianluca Curti of Italy who was covering for Travis Low, and Coach Jon Lancaster filling in for Conrad Grunewald. We’re excited to build on this and get back on the track later this month.”

2021 Ferrari Challenge Point Standings

After Round 1 at Monza, EMS held a four-point lead over the next closest competitor. While adding two more podiums and the fastest lap at Spielberg, that lead was extended to 11. Weiland currently has 50 points overall while Christian Kinch has 39 and Ernst Kirchmayr has totaled 38 thus far. The next race for EMS Race Team will be a Ferrari Challenge North American event at Watkins Glen on May 22-23 followed by Round 3 of the European series at Brno in the Czech Republic on May 29-30. During each and every event this season, Weiland and company will continue to race to help raise awareness for 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 Austria follow EMS Race Team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.