Michael Fassbender has become another in a long line of hollywood actors to take up an interest in motorsports, with the ‘Twelve Years a Slave’ actor participating in this year’s 2017 North American Ferrari Challenge.
Fassbender completed the first North American Ferrari Challenge event this past weekend at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca. The double header event saw Fassbender finish 11th in the Coppa Shell class in Race 1 and sixth in class in Race 2. Fassbender, who is racing the No. 133 Ferrari 488 Challenge for Ferrari North America, is a Ferrari and Formula 1 fan. He completed Ferrari’s ‘Corso Pilota’ driving program last year in preparation for this year’s series.
“Ferrari is defined by racing, and training with the Ferrari team gave me a great foundation to hone my skills behind the wheel of the 488 Challenge race car,” says Fassbender. “From a very early age I idolized Ferrari and its champion, Michael Schumacher, in particular, so now racing in the Ferrari Challenge brings that dream full circle.”
The 2017 North American Ferrari Challenge continues in Montreal the weekend of June 9th, where it will serve as one of the support series for F1 Montreal Grand Prix. The series will stay in Canada for the following round at Mosport in Ontario before heading onto Road America, COTA, Miami-Homestead and finally, Mugello.