Vir Int'l Raceway 2014
Round 4 in the Maserati Trofeo World Series, to be run at the Virginia Int’l Raceway, marks Maserati's return to this US circuit.
The first driver to win at VIR, in 1957, was Carrol Shelby. Driving a Maserati 450S, number 98, he managed to complete the 20 laps of a 65 mile race (approx 104 km) and beat the best sports racers of the era. Shelby's fame peaked with his victory in the Le Mans 24 Hour.
Maserati's history in the US is studded with glory; this is testified by the 'Victory Lap' enjoyed by the Maserati 8CTF 'Boyle Special' last May at the famous Indianapolis Motor Speedway, just before the running of the 500. This was a celebration of Wilbur Shaw's consecutive wins, in 1939 and 1940, in the 8CTF. On the day, Johnny Rutherford, three times winner at the Indiana oval, had the honour of climbing behind the wheel. Another landmark was the Maserati 8CTF being registered by the Historical Vehicle Association of the United States as the first non-American production car to earn a permanent place in the annals of the United States Congress Library.
Now, VIR is ready to tell another story, that of the Maserati GranTurismo MC Trofeo that will appear in Virginia for the first time (in 2012 and 2013 the Maserati single-make series was held at Sonoma, California).
The third round in the series, at Silverstone, saw Mauro Calamia take the Trofeo Europa. Now that reigning champion Renaud Kuppens is off the stage, the path is open for a new star to emerge. On this form, the Swiss driver seems the most likely candidate for the title. The man in second overall, Gabriele Gardel, is out of the running, as England was the final meet for him, while Italian Riccardo Ragazzi, after taking two wins at Silverstone, is in with a shout. The same could also be said of Alan Simoni, should his luck turn and he become more consistent.
Year built: 1957
Circuit Length: 5,260 m (3,270 miles)
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