EMS Race Team’s worldwide tour continues October 6-8 at the Ferrari Challenge in Imola, Italy. Fresh off a podium finish at Silverstone Circuit in England—which followed a victory at Circuit of the Americas in Texas—driver James Weiland and the crew from Boardwalk Ferrari is now set to compete in their fifth country outside the United States this season. With races in Canada, Hungary, France and England already in the rearview, Weiland and company will now focus on raising awareness for PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation and Cornerstone of Hope with a podium effort in Italy.
“We had a great trip to England and really enjoyed competing at Silverstone,” Weiland said. “Our goal is to build on that experience and keep making progress as a team while we’re in Imola. We’re also looking forward to spreading the word about PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle and Cornerstone of Hope while we are in Italy as well. Hopefully we can maximize that exposure by doing everything in our power to finish the weekend on the podium.”
Erin the ems+ Ferrari 488 Challenge will be racing the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari when she arrives in Italy for Ferrari Challenge weekend. The track is located roughly 50 miles east of the Ferrari factory in Maranello. The circuit is named after Ferrari’s late founder Enzo and his son Dino who had died in the 1950s. Before Enzo Ferrari’s death in 1988 it was called Autodromo Dino Ferrari. Imola, as it is colloquially known, is one of the few major international circuits to run in an anti-clockwise direction. The track has hosted several Formula One Grand Prix races which featured wins by Michael Schumacher, Ayrton Senna, Alain Prost and others.
“We’re excited to compete against all of the terrific drivers in Italy and to race an historic track like Imola,” Weiland added. “We will be racing against some of the best Ferrari Challenge drivers in the world so we know the competition will be stiff. We also know that Imola will be a fun but challenging course and we’re looking forward to the test. We’re dedicating the trip to Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation who begins their tutoring work for the school year this week throughout the Cleveland Metropolitan School District. The support they provide for third graders in our community is always inspiring so we’re hoping to honor that with a strong performance.”
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. Since 2009, Coach Sam’s has been successful in reaching hundreds of children and motivating them to believe in themselves, leading to improved academic performance and self-confidence, setting them on the path toward a brighter future.
For more on Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation and how you can support their effort to help at-risk third graders visit their website. You can also visit PETA Cruelty Free and Cornerstone of Hope to learn more about how they are helping our communities. To follow along with behind-the-scenes coverage throughout race weekend in Italy, visit EMS Race Team on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.