First time on the Road America track in Elkhart Lake, Wisconsin during the Ferrari Club of America International event.
This video shows false grid staging, entry onto the track, then my third time around the track getting to speed.
First lap is always a yellow caution to get tires and brakes up to temperature. On the second lap, my instructor guided me thru the lines and details of the track. My third lap is shown here with getting some speed and rhythm of the track.
This lap is approximately a 3 min 30 sec lap as my instructor guides me thru important details of the track.
Watch for other videos to follow from different camera angles, lots of other Ferraris on the track, passing zones, and working my way into an epic fast lap with Hoosiers R6 racing slicks and 98 octane race fuel on the third track day.
February is not the ideal time to take the initial drive of a 2009 Ferrari F430 Challenge race car in Kansas. The cold temps and snow on the ground make for an interesting drive. This drive was bringing the oil and water up to a safe operating temp, checking all gauges and functionality, validating speed, and getting some idea about suspension, tires, and brakes.
The Challenge car is quite different than a Scuderia or 16M. The shifts are with more of a defined purpose rather than just sheer speed, the brakes have tremendous initial bite, exhaust is almost softer at cruising speed but really aspires to F1 sound under acceleration and higher revs. The suspension is quite stiff but not hard and everything in the car is precise and "tight".
Mirrors, driving position, and rear visibility will require a learning curve.
Hope you enjoy the initial road test as much as I did. It's not every day you get to take a Ferrari Challenge car for a test drive.