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Level 5 in Ferrari test.

Level 5 Racing has a long history with Ferrari, and now the two are looking to make more history together with Grand-Am.

The Crawford-built Ferrari 430 GT chassis was one of several GT cars competing in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series test at Homestead-Miami Speedway this week, and full-time drivers Scott Tucker and Ed Zabinski, as well as veteran sportscar racer Andy Wallace, each had time behind the wheel of the Italian machine.

The team expects the mid-engine car to be a frontrunner throughout the remainder of the 2008 Rolex Series season, according to team principal Brian Weaver.

"We're a couple of days in now,” Weaver said, “We had the shakedown at VIR, but this test is actually the first time that we've seen it and had our guys in it, which is exciting. We've gotten a lot of attention from the paddock, which is kind of fun.”

The car was built specifically for Grand-Am, showing a large investment in the series not only from a financial standpoint, but also for future racing endeavours.

“It's interesting,” Weaver said, “We've been kind of quiet up until now with all of the preparations. The cool thing about it is that this car was built specifically for Grand-Am; you can't really run it in any series. The Rolex Series is a great series, and having a Ferrari in it is going to be a lot of fun.

“We've got a lot of history with Ferrari. We chose the Rolex Series because there's a ton of growth potential here. The fact that we can have a great car and kind of stand out from the crowd is a good opportunity with the brand. We don't want to just be another marque but, because of our relationship and history with Ferrari, it was a natural choice for us.”


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