Mugello, Italy – EMS Race Team finished strong in the Ferrari Races at the Mugello Circuit last week. Starting Race 2 on Friday in P23, driver James Weiland moved past 12 cars to cross the finish line in P11. During a race that ended with less than 15 minutes of green light action, it seemed the only thing preventing Weiland from overtaking more positions was the safety car.
“There were a lot of fun battles out there today,” Weiland said after the race in Italy. “It was really nice to be out here competing with these guys. We were very grateful to be here and had a lot of fun. Big thanks to Rossocorsa and R3 Motorsports as well as our entire team for an enjoyable week.”
Seeing the Electronic Merchant Systems 488 Challenge EVO back on the track was a
welcomed sight for racing fans. Weiland, a former Ferrari Challenge North America Champion,
arrived with his team in Florence, Italy last week for testing. But before he even got onto the track for the first time in 16 months they were faced with adversity.
ERIN was damaged severely while unceremoniously blown up on an out lap in the final session on Sunday. She will be fixed and fine, but EMS Race Team was forced to use a backup car on Thursday and Friday.
“The team did a great job getting a car ready for us this weekend,” Weiland added. “It felt great to be out here racing to raise awareness for Coach Sam’s, Cornerstone, and PETA Cruelty Free with them at such an amazing event.
The backup car that EMS raced is pictured above. Coach Sam’s Scholar’s mission is to provide educational support to at-risk children through literacy, personal development, and health and fitness programs designed to develop the whole child. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is the world’s largest animal rights organization.
Products proudly displaying the bunny logo are cruelty-free, meaning they were produced without animal testing. Cornerstone of Hope, meanwhile, provides support, education, and hope for the grieving.
Racing in the rain on Thursday, EMS started 20 of 37 for Race 1. After a few laps, the team moved up to P14 before a competitor tapped and spun Weiland’s car off the track. He lost a few positions about 15 seconds after that but got that same car in the last corner to finish P17.