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Maserati Trofeo World Series 2014 Coming to VIRginia International Raceway

June 13th, 2014 at 12:15 AM
By Mark Eddinger

The Maserati Trofeo World Series 2014 will be a part of the race weekend at VIRginia International Raceway from August 22-24. It will be the fourth round of the six stops for the Maserati Trofeo World Series and the only race in the United States for the series and the races will take place on August 24th.

'FERRARI 355 CHALLENGE, 599 GTO, MASERATI GRANDTURISMO TROPHEO' photo (c) 2012, Eddy Clio - license: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nd/2.0/

The main event of the weekend will be the TUDOR Untied SportsCar Championship race also held on August 24th. The Maserati GrandTurismo race cars will compete on the 17-turn 3.27 mile VIR track.

“As one of the most challenging road courses in the world, VIR was a natural fit for our only U.S. stop,” said Roberto Bozzi, sales & marketing motorsport manager for Maserati in a press release. “Our drivers can’t wait to get on the track and fans are in for a show. It’s an honor to be part of such an amazing weekend of racing with some of the best names in motorsport today.”

VIR and Maserati have ties that date back to the first ever feature race at the track. It was 1957 when Carroll Shelby claimed victory in a 20-lap, 65-mile event for top sports cars driving the number 98 Maserati 450S. He was later quoted at saying, “One lap at VIR is like a hundred at Watkins Glen.”

“The first official race at VIR was won by a Maserati, so it’s only fitting to have the series here during our biggest race weekend of the season,” said Connie Nyholm, owner and CEO of VIR in the press release. “The addition of the Maserati Trofeo World Series to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship event lineup at VIR brings yet another impressive name for a weekend of high-quality racing. We’re honored to be the only U.S. stop for the series and look forward to a great race.”

Also joining the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship and Maserati Trofeo World Series during the weekend are the Lamborghini Super Trofeo Series and the Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge.

The Maserati Trofeo World Series was created in 2010 and is in the midst of its fifth season of competition. This year the series is scheduled to race at six tracks and have already competed at Belgium's SPA Francorchamps and also in Budapest at the Hungaroring circuit. The third race on the schedule is at Silverstone in England on June 20th. Then comes the VIR race on August 24th before the 2014 season goes to China and the Shanghai International Circuit on October 12th and finishes up in Abu Dhabi on December 12th.

Gabriele Gardel won Race 1 at SPA and Mauro Calamia won Race 2. At Hungaroring Calamia won all three races that were held. As a result Calamia leads the points with 81 earned. Sitting second in the standings is Gardel with 61 points. Alberto Cola is third, Alan Simoni is fourth and Riccardo Ragazzi is fifth after the first two rounds.

Tickets for the three-day event can be purchased at www.virnow.com or at the VIR box office. Prices are $90 for a three-day ticket, $80 for a two-day ticket for Saturday and Sunday, $70 for a ticket to Sunday only, $50 for a ticket to Saturday only and $40 for a ticket to Friday only. All tickets purchased at the gate on race day cost an additional $10.

Tags: Carroll Shelby, Connie Nyholm, Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge, Gabriele Gardel, Maserati, Maserati 450S, Maserati Trofeo World Series, Mauro Calamia, Motorsports, Roberto Bozzi, VIR, Virginia International Raceway

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