Florence, Italy – American amateur driver Larry Ferrari has won the Centennial Amateur Championship recently held in Italy with stops at circuits in Rome, Turin and Florence.
The Ohio native from the Great Lakes Amateur Driving Club and Florida Amateur Driving Club won the competition with a smart drive in the last of the three events, where his patience paid off and he weaved along the cones to claim a win afterwards Second in his other two rides.
In addition to the United States, amateur drivers from Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Finland, Germany, Malta, New Zealand, Norway, the Netherlands and, of course, Italy took part in the competition.
Sponsored by the aforementioned amateur clubs, Ferrari earned the honor of representing the USA by winning the qualifying round at Pompano Park earlier in the year.
As the owner of an internet technology company in the greater Cleveland area, Ferrari trains a small horse stable in Northfield Park and has 370 lifetime driving victories, including his first on European soil.
While Ferrari won the individual competition, Malta won the World Cup at this centenary event.
In an interview after the Florence race, Ferrari said: “Sometimes things just work out for you. I had started my last race on the second row after pulling the eighth post.
“I saw (No.) 3 was a bit scared with his nose on goal so I decided to follow him and that worked out well as I was able to get a spot from close by. Then I looked for a way out, but nothing opened up, so I was kind of forced to be patient… and it paid off.
“They say ‘patience is a virtue’ and during this race truer words were never spoken as the ‘sea’ opened late – the track was dead because of the rain – and I had the horsepower to win it!”
Ferrari continued: “This whole thong would not have been possible without Dein Spriggs and Steve Oldford, who first invited me to their competition in Florida and then lobbied for me to go to Italy. And Maurizio Biasuzzi and Daniele Orsini made me feel that their homeland is my homeland. I am forever grateful.”
Ferrari’s wife Kiesha was also in Italy to attend the celebrations.
“The next stop is back home,” said Ferrari, “where I hope to get my 400th win of a lifetime very soon!”