This weekend, the Laguna Seca circuit in California hosted the third Ferrari Racing Days of the year, the event that brings together on track all the main areas of activity of the Maranello marque's Corse Clienti department. The busy programme included free practice sessions for drivers taking part in the XX and historic F1 programmes as they tackled this thrilling track that was the perfect backdrop for them to experience driving at speed in a safe environment, as well as benefiting from the support of professional racing drivers such as Marc Gene, who was there as a tutor. Also on track at Laguna Seca the twenty eight drivers entered in the third round of the Ferrari Challenge North America tackling free practice and the first round of races at the wheel of their 458 Challenge cars.
Ferrari of Fort Lauderdale's Alex Popow was fastest in the Trofeo Pirelli in 1.27.561, beating Onofrio Triarsi (Ferrari of Central Florida) and Harry Cheung (Ferrari of Beverley Hills,) while in the Coppa Shell, three Ferrari of Ontario drivers topped the time sheet: Ryan Ockey took pole in 1.28.882, followed by Robert Herjavec and Damon Ockey.
The grid order was more or less confirmed in Race 1, with Popow winning the Trofeo Pirelli, followed home by Triarsi and Cheung, while in the Coppa Shell, the win went to Ryan Ockey, who took the flag ahead of his brother Damon and Robert Herjavec.
The Ferrari Challenge North America continues with the final qualifying session on Sunday at 10.20 to decide the grid for Race 2 which takes place at 15.30. There will also be further free practice sessions for drivers in the non-competitive Ferrari Corse Clienti programmes.