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Report: Ferrari Prepping Announcement for Le Mans

Report: Ferrari prepping announcement for this weekend in Le Mans…

Photo: John Dagys

Photo: John Dagys

After months of speculation, Ferrari’s future sports car racing plans could be made official as early as this weekend in Le Mans. (En Français)

Sportscar365 has learned that an announcement from the Italian manufacturer is imminent, and is believed to be scheduled for this Saturday at Circuit de la Sarthe, prior to the start of the 82nd running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans.

No details have been confirmed, but the announcement is believed to be linked towards future involvement in prototype racing.

Talk of a Ferrari factory LMP1 program began late last year when company president Luca di Montezemolo revealed that they were evaluating a potential future effort around the new-for-2014 set of prototype regulations.

Since then, the LMP1 class has continued to gain traction, with Porsche joining Audi and Toyota this year and Nissan announcing last month its plans to join the fray beginning in 2015.

A timeframe for any potential Ferrari involvement is unclear, especially with the current regulations set to expire at the end of 2016. However,  a Garage 56 entry prior to a full works effort seems more feasible.

With Fernando Alonso, Ferrari’s star F1 driver who has not raced at Le Mans, serving as the race starter on Saturday, the two-time World Champion’s presence at this year’s race is not believed to be a coincidence.

John Dagys is the founder and Editor-in-Chief of Sportscar365 as well as the recently launched e-racing365 Web site for electric racing. Dagys spent eight years as a motorsports correspondent for FOXSports.com/SPEED Channel, and contributes to other publications worldwide. Contact John

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