• Jun 5, 2010
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Ferrari aficionados will fondly remember the letters NART. The North American Racing Team was created by Ferrari's American importer Luigi Chinetti, and campaigned Maranello's thoroughbreds at premier endurance sports car races like Daytona, Sebring and Le Mans. In fact NART even jumped into F1 when John Surtees raced the 1964 United States Grand Prix at Watkins Glen, helping Surtees and Ferrari clinch the championship.

NART shut down in 1982, but if the latest rumors substantiate, Ferrari could have a new American team in the works. The rumors are spurred by the company's always-outspoken chairman, Luca di Montezemolo, who has been pushing for the option to run a third car for some time now. Speaking with Italy's La Gazzetta dello Sport recently, Montezemolo hinted that Ferrari could support an American F1 team racing under the stars and stripes.

America's last bid to enter a team in the sport, known as USF1, failed dismally, but a new upstart called the Cypher Group is attempting to pick up the mantle. Could Ferrari support Cypher's bid as its American proxy? Too early to say at this point, but the prospect is certainly intriguing.

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      • 4 Years Ago
      Valentino Rossi will be the driver.
      • 4 Years Ago
      More racing, yes please.
      • 4 Years Ago
      I'm in favor of anything that brings more F1 to the US. Bring it!
      • 4 Years Ago
      the last thing ferrari needs is another f1 team.

      a NART 2.0 would better serve the company in sports car racing where ferrari has been completely absent for years.
        • 4 Years Ago
        Perhaps. But Ferrari's GT racing has been very successful in LeMans racing with the 360GT and 430GTC's.

        Factory support to those endeavors isn't totally necessary, as privateer teams like Risi Competizione do very well there. Perhaps a hybrid approach would work?
        • 4 Years Ago
        They still race in other series like Rolex and AMLS but I don't believe its with full factory support. Would it be great to see more factory support akin to what we see/hear with GM and the Corvette Racing Team yes it would. hehe
        • 4 Years Ago
        Oh and I agree.. they don't need another F1 team forgot to put that in there.
      Pug_Power
      • 4 Years Ago
      If they have the commitment and the means behind them, they could prove to be very interesting in the coming seasons. F1 in America really doesn't need another USF1 type failure again.
        • 4 Years Ago
        @Pug_Power
        Amen. In fact, I think the only way to get a real toe-hold as an American F1 team is to have a major team like Ferrari's support.

        Given the amazing history of NART, I'd love to see Ferrari give it a go. It sure would compliment a race in Austin (if that pipe dream really materializes).
      • 4 Years Ago
      Anything but NASCAR!!!
      • 4 Years Ago
      bring in montoya to drive. would love to see a ferrari f1 team based in the USA.