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Two championships in sight for Ferrari at Petit Le Mans

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Two championships in sight for Ferrari at Petit Le Mans
Sep 30, 2014, 9:05 PM

NAEC and TUDOR honors up for grabs at Road Atlanta.

#555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia: Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell
#555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia: Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell
#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia: Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Westphal
#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia: Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Westphal
#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia: Alessandro Balzan, Jeff Westphal
#63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia: Alessandro Balzan & Jeff Westphal
#555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia: Bill Sweedler, Townsend Bell

Two Ferrari 458 Italias will be competing for more than a victory at this weekend’s Petit Le Mans, the 10-hour / 1000 mile endurance classic at Road Atlanta which will serve as the finale to the 2014 TUDOR United Sportscar Championship.

With one victory for the no. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia and two victories for the no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 Italia this season, Ferrari currently sits two points behind the lead in the manufacturer standings in the GT-Daytona class.

In the Patron North American Endurance Cup, which is made up of the Rolex 24 at Daytona, Mobil 1 12 Hours of Sebring, Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen and Petit Le Mans, Ferrari has a commanding lead in the GT-Daytona manufacturer championship. A victory by the no. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia at Daytona, as well as runner-up finishes at Sebring and Watkins Glen, have Ferrari poised to take the championship at Petit Le Mans while AIM Autosport will clinch the NAEC’s team championship at the green flag of Petit Le Mans.

Drivers of the no. 555 AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia, Townsend Bell and Bill Sweedler, enter the final race of the year in third place in the GT-Daytona driver championship. Ferrari Challenge driver Conrad Grunewald will join the team for Petit Le Mans, which will also be supported by Cauley Ferrari.

Looking for third win of the year

The no. 63 Scuderia Corsa Ferrari 458 with drivers Alessandro Balzan and Jeff Westphal will be looking for their third victory of the year to help secure the championship honors for Ferrari. For Petit Le Mans, the duo will be joined by Brandon Davis and Kyle Marcelli.

The lone Ferrari in the GT-LeMans class, the no. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia, will have experience on its side as the team have captured three victories and five additional podiums at Petit Le Mans. Bolstering the team’s chances at a fourth victory, drivers Pierre Kaffer and Giancarlo Fisichella will be joined by Ferrari driver Oliver Beretta.

An additional pair of Ferrari 458 Italias will join the GT-Daytona field this weekend. The no. 49 Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 Italia will be driven by Piergiuseppe Perazzini, Marco Cioci and Eddie Cheever III, while the no. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 458 Italia will be driven by Pasin Lathouras, Matt Griffin and Michele Rugolo.

Petit Le Mans will be streamed live on Saturday, October 4 at 11:00 AM ET on IMSA.com, with a broadcast beginning at 3:00 PM ET on FOX Sports 2. The race will re-air on Sunday, October 5 at 8:00 AM ET on FOX (check local listings). Fans of Ferrari can stay up to speed with the events of the weekend by following @Ferrari USA and #FerrariGTRacing on twitter and Instagram.

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