Blink and you’ll miss it.
The Maxim-backed Squadra Corsa Garage Italia Ferrari heads into the race weekend at Utah Motorsports Campus outside Salt Lake City (where Maxim tested the Ford GT last year) with the 2019 GTS-X class championship already in hand.
The duo of Mexican driver Martin Fuentes and American Caesar Bacarella share duties in GT Sprint X Amateur class, where they are undefeated this season, so they are hoping for a season sweep at Utah, reports team co-owner Ronnie Vogel.
The Squadra Corse Garage Italia Americas is a Ferrari team created by Fiat heir Lapo Elkann and Ronnie Vogel.
“This season’s been a start of a new team, with a new car, and new drivers,” Vogel noted. “Caesar had only done some Nascar Xfiniti series races and Ferrari Challenge before, so this is a very different car than he was used to.”
Nevertheless, the team’s engineers and drivers have been able to work together to achieve success. “It has been a learning process,” Vogel said.
“We’ve had some incidents, but we’ve been very lucky,” Vogel noted. “The mechanics are keeping the car 100 percent for the drivers, and we’ve been very fortunate to not have any really big crashes.”
The Utah race is the last of the season for the GT Sprint X Amateur category, but Fuentes is also leading the championship in the GT Spring Amateur category for solo drivers, and he has another race coming up at Watkins Glen.
For now, the team is focused on achieving the sweep of victories at Utah this weekend.