Ferrari 312 PB driven by Clay Regazzoni and Brian Redman finished 4th at the 1972 Daytona 6-Hours (photo: Autosports Marketing Assoc.)
Ferrari 312 PB driven by Clay Regazzoni and Brian Redman finished 4th at the 1972 Daytona 6-Hours (photo: Autosports Marketing Assoc.)

Photo History of Ferrari Racing at Daytona

The Ferrari Finali Mondiali will take place on American soil for the first time in history. Taking place December 1-4 at fabled Daytona International Speedway, the event marks the culmination of the 2016 Ferrari Challenge season for teams from around the world and includes a compilation of all Ferrari Corse Clienti activities.

Throughout the weekend, Ferrari Challenge pilots from around the globe will brave the storied banks of Daytona as they compete for the title of world’s best. However, they will not be alone as they will be joined by XX and F1 Clienti program clients who will scream around the 3.56-mile road course to the delight of pilots and fans alike. Add to this the presence of the Scuderia Ferrari Formula 1 team who will put on an unforgettable show complete with demonstration laps, pit stops and smoky burnouts in F1 style, a spectacle never seen at the Speedway.

Ferrari will also celebrate its long history of success at Florida’s Daytona International Speedway, which includes:

  • 1963: Pedro Rodriguez won the three-hour Daytona Continental in a Ferrari 250 GTO, fielded by Luigi Chinetti’s North America Racing Team (N.A.R.T.)
  • 1964: Pedro Rodriguez and Phil Hill won overall in a N.A.R.T. Ferrari 250 GTO as the Daytona Continental was expanded to 2,000 kilometers
  • 1967: Ferrari orchestrated a 1-2-3 photo finish at the 24 Hours, led by Lorenzo Bandini and Chris Amon in a factory Ferrari 330 P3/4
  • 1972: Mario Andretti and Jacky Ickx won overall in factory Ferrari 312 PB in a one-time event at the six-hour distance
  • 1998: After years of trying, Gianpiero Moretti won the Daytona 24 Hours with Didier Theys, Mauro Baldi and Arie Luyendyk in a Ferrari 333 SP

Photo History of Ferrari Racing at Daytona International Speedway

Alberto Ascari piloting a Ferrari 375 Indy on Daytona Beach in Florida (photo: Ferrari)
At the 1955 Daytona Speed Week, Bob Said piloted a monstrous Ferrari 375 Indianapolis to a new speed record of 170.538 mph (photo: Ferrari)
N.A.R.T. Ferrari Dino 246 SP of Phil Hill and Ricardo Rodriguez finished 2nd at Daytona 3-Hour Continental in 1962 (photo: Ferrari)
N.A.R.T. Ferrari Dino 246 SP of Phil Hill and Ricardo Rodriguez finished 2nd at Daytona 3-Hour Continental in 1962 (photo: Ferrari)
Ferrari Dino 246 SP of Phil Hill and Ricardo Rodriguez Ferrari 250 TRI/61 of Ricardo Rodriguez and Peter Ryan (photo: Ferrari)
Ferrari Dino 246 SP of Phil Hill and Ricardo Rodriguez Ferrari 250 TRI/61 of Ricardo Rodriguez and Peter Ryan (photo: Ferrari)

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Overall winner of the 1963 Daytona 3 Hours, the Ferrari 250 GTO (4219GT) driven by Pedro Rodriguez in front of the Briggs Cunningham Jaguar E-Type driven by Augie Pabst (photo: Ferrari)
Overall winner of the 1963 Daytona 3 Hours, the Ferrari 250 GTO (4219GT) driven by Pedro Rodriguez in front of the Briggs Cunningham Jaguar E-Type driven by Augie Pabst (photo: Ferrari)
Ferrari 250 GTO (3223GT) driven by Fireball Roberts and John Cannon passes the Pontiac Tempest of Paul Goldsmith (photo: Ferrari)
Ferrari 250 GTO (3223GT) driven by Fireball Roberts and John Cannon passes the Pontiac Tempest of Paul Goldsmith (photo: Ferrari)
Ferraris racing Fords at Daytona International Speedway in Florida (photo: Ferrari)
Ferraris racing Fords at Daytona International Speedway in 1966 (photo: Ferrari)

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  1. What the ?!?! I knew about the famous 1-2-3 finish at Daytona, but never heard about the insanity of racing at 375 Indy on the sands at Daytona. Fabulous is right!

  2. Great photos, I saw most of those races. But how about the 64 GTO/LM , it won the 2000km in 64 with Hill & Rodreguez and the 330P2 driven by Surtees & Rodreguez in 65. Beautiful Ferraris.

  3. I was with the “Hollywood” team of Newman et al in 1977. They had such fun that they came back the next year and finished second overall, and this in a six year old car that was the owner’s daily driver! Had they protested the winner for pushing their car over the finish line they could have been the overall winner.

  4. Great photos as always. Wish there had been more of the earlier races. My love of endurance racing was created by the early 60’s Ferrari teams and the shark nose race cars.
    Looking at drivers listed is interesting as it was the days of racing both sport cars and F1.

  5. Fabulous evocative pictures! How tough must it have been racing open cars in the early 70’s on that surface- the shot blasted noses and fender panels on those beautiful bodies is almost unthinkable these days, just as well the pit crews had plenty of duct tape handy!

  6. Regarding the winning Ferrari 250GTO of the 3 hours of Daytona in 1963…are you certain the serial number was 4219? From 1979 to 2004 I owned 250GT4217, the car off the assembly line one car ahead of 4219. One day in the early 1980s I brought my car (a 250 2+2) in to Modena Motors in Redwood City for some work. Sitting outside was a dark blue Ferrari 250GTO. The car had number lights on the door (and perhaps the rear deck…don’t recall), and out of curiosity I wondered about the serial number. The shop owner, Bill Morton, opened the glove box and we looked at the serial number, and it was 4219…the next car off the line from my car. However, Bill said the GTO had been owned by (George?) Dwyer (spelling?) in Hillsborough since new and though built with endurance racing in mind, the car had never been raced. So either Bill was somehow mistaken, or Ferrari has supplied the incorrect serial number for the Daytona winning car (a not so unusual situation for the factory in regards to records even in the 60s).

    1. Hello Marty. S/N 4219 is correct. Entered for the 1963 Daytona 3 hour race by Chinetti, won by Pedro Rodriguez in this car. Sold later (63/64) to Bev Spencer, Buick dealer in San Francisco, then on to George Dyer of Hillsborough, who owned this very original 250 GTO (due to limited racing history, lack of major incidents etc) for many years. Currently resides in the UK, as part of the major Ferrari collection owned by BW. Albeit current value is $50M+, BW drives the car frequently; I happened to be at Maranello in May 2017 when the car arrived at the Ferrari museum, soaking wet and dirty, due to participate in the 55 year anniversary 250 GTO celebrations. The crowd within the museum instantly went to the side door where the car was admitted, leaving behind viewing any number of important Ferraris, to have a look at this splendid car. Such is the importance of the 250 GTO in Ferrari lore.

      1. Thanks for the update. I only saw the car that one time, and it was in “like new” condition. I found the coincidence of the build sequence relative to my 2+2 amusing but was aware that, as a “production” model GT Ferrari gave the GTO IDs ending in odd numbers and did not paint the heads red, in order to differentiate them from “racing” models. And it appears that Bill Morton’s comments about no racing history might have relied on misinformation, perhaps from Dyer? Bill was not one to make things up, but obviously whatever he had heard was incorrect.
        I never expected to see or hear anything about the car again. It’s nice to know it survived,, and continues to thrive. All GTOs are, of course, lovely, but this one has a special place in my own car history.