North American Racing Team

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North American Racing Team
Motor racing team
Founded1958
CountryUnited States United States
Team Principal(s)United States Luigi Chinetti
DriversMexico Pedro Rodríguez
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez
United States Phil Hill
Austria Jochen Rindt
United States Masten Gregory
United States Mario Andretti
France Jean Guichet
Teams' titles1965 24 Hours of Le Mans
 
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North American Racing Team
Motor racing team
Founded1958
CountryUnited States United States
Team Principal(s)United States Luigi Chinetti
DriversMexico Pedro Rodríguez
Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez
United States Phil Hill
Austria Jochen Rindt
United States Masten Gregory
United States Mario Andretti
France Jean Guichet
Teams' titles1965 24 Hours of Le Mans

The North American Racing Team (also known as NART) was created by Luigi Chinetti to promote the Ferrari marque in United States through success in Gran Turismo (endurance) motorsport.

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 excellent Ferrari racers.

In racing[edit]

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.

1962 Le Mans-winning Ferrari 330 TRI-LM, bought by Pedro Rodríguez through NART. Rodríguez raced several times in it.

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).

Curiously, a Ferrari 158 officially entered by NART sealed the win of the 1964 F1 World championship with John Surtees, as the factory team competed the last two races in cars painted white and blue. 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.

The peak of NART's own racing success came in 1965, when a NART-entered 250 LM became the last Ferrari to win Le Mans outright with Jochen Rindt and Masten Gregory.

Other known NART results include a 3rd place in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona with Pedro Rodríguez and Jean Guichet, backing up two works 330P4 in Ferrari's famous triple success, which was commemorated by the naming of the 365 GTB4 "Daytona". With this model, NART scored 2nd in the 1973 Daytona 24h, behind a Porsche 911.

NART raced Ferraris until 1982, at which point it had participated in more than 200 races with over 100 different drivers. In the US, perhaps the most famous of these drivers are Mario Andretti and Phil Hill.

Road cars[edit]

275 GTB/4 NART Spyder

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 beauty.

Results[edit]

Victories in the World Sportscar Championship[edit]

YearRaceCarDriver 1Driver 2
1962[1]400 km of BridgehamptonFerrari 330TRIMexico Pedro Rodríguez
1000 km of ParisFerrari 250 GTOMexico Pedro RodríguezMexico Ricardo Rodríguez
1963[2]3 hour of DaytonaFerrari 250 GTOMexico Pedro Rodríguez
1964[3]2000 km of DaytonaFerrari 250 GTOMexico Pedro RodríguezUnited States Phil Hill
1965[4]24 Hours of Le MansFerrari 250LMAustria Jochen RindtUnited States Masten Gregory
12 Hours of ReimsFerrari 365P2Mexico Pedro RodríguezFrance Jean Guichet

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