North American Racing Team
The North American Racing Team (NART) was a motorsports racing team active from 1958 to 1982. It was created by businessman Luigi Chinetti to promote the Ferrari marque in United States through success in endurance racing.
|Team principal(s)||Luigi Chinetti|
|Former series||Formula One|
|Noted drivers|| Pedro Rodríguez|
It was created in 1958 when Chinetti received backing from wealthy racers George Arents and Jan de Vroom. Ferrari already had a close relationship with Chinetti due to his success in selling the maker's road cars in the important American markets, and thus NART received a continuous line of Ferrari racers and support from factory mechanics.
NART raced at only the world's premier races, such as the 24 Hours of Daytona in Florida and the 24 Hours of Le Mans in Le Mans, France. Their first race was the 12 Hours of Sebring in March 1958, with a 250 GT.
Pedro Rodríguez won the second and the third editions of Daytona with NART team. In 1963 was a three hours race and in 1964 a 2,000 kilometers, both in a Ferrari 250 GTO (the 24 hours race would start until 1966).
A Ferrari 158 car officially entered by the American privateer team NART sealed the win of the 1964 F1 World championship with John Surtees, as the works team competed the last two races (the United States Grand Prix and Mexican Grand Prix) in cars painted white and blue - the national colours of the teams from the United States. This was done as a protest concerning arguments between Ferrari and the Italian Racing Authorities regarding the homologation of a new mid-engined Ferrari race car.[clarification needed] The 1964 Mexican Grand Prix was the last time Ferrari cars wore other than the traditional red colour in Formula One.
Other NART results include a third place in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona with Pedro Rodríguez and Jean Guichet, backing up two works 330 P4 in Ferrari's triple success, which was commemorated by the naming of the 365 GTB4 "Daytona". With this model, NART scored second in the 1973 24 Hours of Daytona behind a Porsche 911.
NART also had a Ferrari model with its name attached to it – the 1967 275 GTB/4 NART Spyder was a convertible version of the 275 GTB/4 requested especially by Luigi Chinetti. The original order of 25 cars was never fulfilled, as only 10 were delivered from the Maranello factory. Because of the popularity of the drop-top NART Spyder design, many 275 GTB/4 were converted to drop-top models to imitate the NART Spyder's design.
Victories in the World Sportscar ChampionshipEdit
Formula One World Championship resultsEdit
(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap; † indicates shared drive.)
|1964||Ferrari 158||Ferrari 205B 1.5 V8||D||MON||NED||BEL||FRA||GBR||GER||AUT||ITA||USA||MEX|
|Ferrari 1512||Ferrari 207 1.5 V12||Lorenzo Bandini||Ret||3|
|Ferrari 156 F1||Ferrari 178 1.5 V6||Pedro Rodríguez||6|
|1965||Ferrari 1512||Ferrari 207 1.5 V12||D||RSA||MON||BEL||FRA||GBR||NED||GER||ITA||USA||MEX|
|Ferrari 158||Ferrari 205B 1.5 V8||Bob Bondurant||9|
|1969||Ferrari 312||Ferrari 3.0 V12||RSA||ESP||MON||NED||FRA||GBR||GER||ITA||CAN||USA||MEX|
- Ferrari cars entered in 1965 and 1969 seasons by American NART team and at the 1966 Italian Grand Prix by British Reg Parnell team kept wearing the red colour.
- "1965 Le Mans 24 Hours | Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
- Eddie Smith Jr., quoted in a marketing film made by Petrolicious Productions.
- "Bridgehampton 400 Kilometres 1962 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
- "Paris 1000 Kilometres 1962 - Photo Gallery - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
- "Daytona 3 Hours 1963 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
- "Daytona 2000 Kilometres 1964 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". www.racingsportscars.com. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
- "1965 Reims 12 Hours | Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2018-09-16.