• Apr 12, 2010
2010 Ferrari F430 Challenge at Miller Motorsports Park - Click above for high-res image gallery

The Ferrari F430 Challenge isn't on our normal scope of motorsports coverage, but when we heard that the series, along with the Corse Clienti cars, were going to be at Miller Motorsports Park we immediately started checking on flights. This year is the first time the series has come to the state-of-the-art track outside Salt Lake City, and hopefully it won't be the last.

If you aren't familiar with the F430 Challenge, it's a spec racing series put on by Ferrari specifically for owners. Professional drivers, instructors or anyone involved in the sale of Ferraris or parts can't drive in the series. Since each of the cars is exactly the same – a race-prepped Ferrari F430 coupe with 490 horsepower – the playing field is level. Think the races are a bunch of rich guys doing parade laps around the track? Think again. The drivers are extremely competitive and it's not uncommon to see the cars bumping fenders and jostling for position. That was the case at Miller Motorsports Park, where there were several off-track excursions into the Tooele sand and various bits of body panels, splitters and diffusers left on the tarmac.

It makes for good entertainment, and we highly recommend attending any of the four remaining F430 Challenge races in North America this year - Infineon Raceway, Montreal, New Jersey Motorsports Park and Watkins Glen. If you can't make it, then you'll just have to settle for our high-res gallery below.



Photos by Drew Phillips / Copyright ©2010 Weblogs, Inc.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Expensive toys....
      • 4 Years Ago
      Maybe this is just me speaking middle class language, but even if I had that kind of money I would probably remain frugal and go Spec Miata instead. Cheaper all around and -im guessing here- just as enjoyable.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Wait, did you actually just say that a spec Mazda is just as fun as racing a F430 challenge? I'm pretty sure I can think of a number of reasons why you might be wrong about that...
      • 4 Years Ago
      Hold up John... teknikscian might be on to something. "Girl next door" Mary Ann would be a lot more fun than "socialite" Ginger.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is what Ferrari is about, suck it Lambo.
      • 4 Years Ago
      The 10% of Ferraris that are driven the way they are supposed to be driven end up here.

      The other 90% are couped up in mansions garages, valet parking lots, & concours shows.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @LaserRed38

        Here is a video of two of the FXXs I captured at the finish line. Not long, but it sure give you a feel for how fast and loud these things are: http://dailyderbi.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/04/IMG_0209.mov
        • 4 Years Ago
        What they don't tell you, is that the cars need an engine and transmission rebuild after every race! :P

        I kid I kid! I would love to see video of these prancing ponies released on the track!
      • 4 Years Ago
      "bumping fenders"

      See attached!
      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=11904420&l=c16fb37b57&id=858535553

      http://www.facebook.com/photo.php?pid=11904249&l=9e34dc6380&id=858535553

      What a fun weekend to see these guys race! If you get the chance to see these guys and gal (she was driving the yellow FXX) don't pass it up!
        • 4 Years Ago
        That "gal" would be none other than 56-year-old Desire Wilson. She is the only woman on Earth ever to win a Formula 1 race (British Aurora F1 Series, Brands Hatch, 1980), a two-time FIA World Endurance winner (Silverstone and Monza 1980, w/Alain de Cadenet) and a former Le Mans class winner and Indy Car driver. She's married to MMP track designer Alan Wilson and was here to coach former IMSA team owner Preston Henn (Swap Shop Porsches), who owns the yellow FXX. He let her have a few laps by herself in the car and her best time was a 1:32.5 on the East Course, which I believe was fastest lap of the weekend and faster than Ferrari's own test driver. She's ever so humble, but bad fast.
      • 4 Years Ago
      They showed some races from this series on Speed Channel last year. It was worth getting up early as hell for. I haven't seen anything on there this year though. Probably got bumped to make room for more Nascar coverage. Hee... haw.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This is aweeesooome.
        • 4 Years Ago
        It was an excellent event. The coolest part is how nice and friendly all of these insanely rich drivers were. That and the FXXs.

        http://dailyderbi.com/
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