EMS Race Team heads to Austin, Texas on March 9-11 to compete in the Ferrari Challenge at Circuit of the Americas. Driver James Weiland and Paris, the ems+ Ferrari 488 Challenge, are coming off a pair of third place Trofeo Pirelli finishes in January at the Daytona International Speedway. Weiland and the crew from Boardwalk Ferrari / Ferrari of San Francisco will be working toward a podium finish once again in Austin against a very talented group of drivers in the top Trofeo Pirelli class.
The last time Weiland raced at Circuit of the Americas was during the Pirelli World Challenge in 2017 when EMS Race Team secured a first-place finish. Prior to that, EMS earned a pair of victories in the Trofeo Pirelli AM class during the 2016 Ferrari Challenge at COTA. The world-renowned track in Austin first opened for racing in October of 2012. Since then, it has gone on to host the Formula One United States Grand Prix, the Road Racing World Championships, American Le Mans Series, and other high-profile events along with the Ferrari Challenge.
“COTA is a challenging track but definitely one we really enjoy racing,” Weiland said. “The Ferrari Challenge in Austin will be especially tough with all of the great drivers in our class that we will be competing against. But our team will have Paris ready to race, and we know we’ll have to be as focused as possible if we want to achieve the success we’re hoping for. That’s why our goal, like always, is to be prepared, work hard, and execute. If we do those three things to the best of our ability we’ll be willing to live with the results.”
EMS Race Team will be representing PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation and the Cornerstone of Hope Foundation on the track in Austin. 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, the third charity represented on Paris, is dedicated to providing support, education, and hope for the grieving.
“We are excited to be representing PETA Cruelty Free, Coach Sam’s Inner Circle Foundation and the Cornerstone of Hope Foundation in Texas,” Weiland said. “We definitely will be doing our best to spread the word and raise awareness for everything they do. Our team will be letting fans and fellow competitors know how much each of those organizations do for the community and how people can get involved to support. Hopefully we can also make them proud, too, by getting them up on the podium while we’re there.”