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Negri to Make IMSA Return at Watkins Glen

Ozz Negri returns to IMSA at wheel of No. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari for Watkins Glen…

Photo: Rick Dole/IMSA

Ozz Negri will return to IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship competition next weekend in the Sahlen’s Six Hours of the Glen, driving the No. 51 Spirit of Race Ferrari 488 GT3 entry with co-drivers Daniel Serra and Francesco Piovanetti.

After taking several overall race wins while competing full time in IMSA from 2006 through 2017, the Brazilian has moved his competitive focus to his growing roster of driver coaching and management clients.

Negri has taken podium results on both the short course and traditional Six Hour track layout in IMSA Prototype competition, including a run to third place at the track in 2016 with Meyer Shank Racing.

Spirit of Race participated in a test at Watkins Glen last month, giving Negri the opportunity to sample the Ferrari for the first time.

“I’m looking forward to racing again, especially at Watkins Glen, it is absolutely my favorite track,” said Negri.

“I was really impressed with the 488 GT3 and how quickly you can get comfortable with that car. This is a strong team to be racing with, and we have all the pieces we need to have a competitive weekend.”

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  1. Paige

    June 20, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    So excited to see one of my favorites back behind the wheel! I’ve enjoyed the season so far but it hasn’t quite been the same without Ozz running.

  2. David Chaste

    June 20, 2018 at 11:45 pm

    Francesco Piovanetti is bringing in AF Corse to run a well prepared ferrari for him, when Scuderia Corsa or Risi could have done just as good a job.

    Maybe Scuderia Corsa are charging a very high premium since they’re the 3 time defending champions, and former lemans winners. I guess when their retainer fee scares away well heeled folks like Bill Sweedler and Christina Nielsen, some gentlemen decide might as well get the factory team if they have to pay that much.

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