The F333 SP, will be back this weekend in one of the places that made it legendary. This queen of the track won the 24 Hours of Daytona in 1998 and indeed achieved its most prestigious triumphs in America where the first edition of the Finali Mondiali will kick-off on Thursday.
There will be nine of these cars on show, a record contingent that will thrill fans and allow the customers driving them to taste the sensations of that historic victory, which came a little over 30 years after the famous clean sweep of 1967, when Ferrari took all three podium places. The “barchette”, first built in 1994 with the aim of propelling Ferrari customer teams to victory, will also be the stars of the show on Sunday when three of the four triumphant heroes of 1998 will again take to the track.
Three-quarters of the quartet starring in that historic victory 28 years ago will be guests of the Finali Mondiali: Dutchman Arie Luyendyk, who is also a two-time winner of the Indianapolis 500, Belgian Didier Theys and Italian Mauro Baldi, a former Formula 1 driver and the winner of a Sports Prototype World Championship title in 1990. The F333 SP is one of the most successful Ferraris of all time and has a special place in the history of the Prancing Horse, marking Maranello’s return to the prototypes category after a 25-year absence. The car debuted by winning in 2 Hours of Road Atlanta on 17 April 1994 thanks to Jay Cochran and the Euromotorsport team.
The American public will enjoy a full and complete show during the four days . One of the main attractions is Formula 1, which will hold its first ever race at Daytona. The F1 Clienti cars will be the first out on the Florida asphalt while official Scuderia Ferrari drivers, Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen, will star on Sunday, present at the event along with team principal Maurizio Arrivabene and all the other Ferrari drivers. The track will also host the cars of XX Programmes, including the 1000 hp plus FXX K along and the last races of the three series of the Ferrari Challenge, the most famous one-make series in the world.
In the paddock however the whole range will be on display, including the GTC4Lusso T and the LaFerrari Aperta, the cars unveiled at the last Paris Motor Show, while the Fan Zone will display some of the livery celebrating 70 years of Ferrari as well as the 488 GTE and GT3. Saturday will see the unveiling of the 488 Challenge, a new turbo car for the single-make series, which will debut in the 25th season of the championship. This memorable day will close with the biggest parade of Ferraris ever seen on an American track.
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