Ferrari Expands GRAND-AM Effort

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AIM Autosport unveils its new GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series entry for the 2013 GT class, to be co-driven by Max Papis and Jeff Segal. (Photo: AIM Autosport)


R. Ferri Motorsport and AIM Autosport have announced a newly formed effort to compete in the 2013 GRAND-AM Rolex Sports Car Series, beginning with the 51st running of the Rolex 24 at Daytona on January 26-27.

Max Papis will make his return to sports car racing, joining 2012 Rolex Series GT champion Jeff Segal for a full-season campaign in the No. 61 Ferrari 458 Italia GT.

“We’re trying to put together a great opportunity for our dream of winning the 24 hours of Daytona," said Remo Ferri, president of Ferrari of Ontario (Canada), where this week's announcement took place.  "Max is a great driver, a high-profile driver.  The AIM Autosport team has been great through the entire process and is definitely the right choice.

"We decided to create a Canadian entry.  Our expectation is to continue the pedigree of Ferrari cars.  It's part of our DNA and it's a great part of my life.  We are now ready to take it to the next level.”

The AIM Autosport team is preparing for a two car campaign in 2013, adding the No. 61 to the established No. 69 FXDD entry that'll be wheeled by Emil Assentato and Anthony Lazzaro.

"This is a great opportunity for AIM Autosport, to expand our program from one to two cars.” said the team's co-owner and lead engineer Ian Willis.  "The addition of the Ferrari of Ontario entry alongside the 2012 championship-winning Ferrari is a tribute to our team and the success we’ve achieved this past year.”

"Each of them - Max (Papis) and Jeff (Segal) - brings so much experience to the team, having both been involved with Ferrari in the past," added AIM co-owner Andrew Bordin.  "We know we have the right combination.”

The on-track debut for the new R.Ferri Motorsport/AIM Autosport Ferrari 458 Italia GT is slated for the upcoming Roar Before the Rolex 24 at Daytona test session from Jan. 6-8 at Daytona International Speedway.

In 2012, AIM Autosport - as a one-car team - claimed the Rolex Series GT championship with Assentato and Segal at the controls.  They had top-10 finishes in all 13 races including wins at Homestead-Miami Speedway, New Jersey and Road America.  They won the title by 27 points.

Updated Nov. 28 at 5 p.m. (ET)

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