(April 6, 2009) - World Class Driving, the preeminent authority in experiential driving, is proud to partner with Risi Competizione Driver Mika Salo to create the ultimate behind the wheel experience for one lucky enthusiast looking to take on the 2009 Gumball 3000 Rally. With proceeds benefiting Paul Newman's Hole in the Wall Charity, World Class Driving will be holding an online auction through eBay to offer online bidders a chance to own a brand new Ferrari F430 Scuderia. Along with one of the best performing Ferraris of all time to drive in the Gumball 3000 Rally and take home post event, World Class Driving is also offering the perfect co-driver for the cross-country trek, Ferrari star Mika Salo.
Currently racing in American Le Mans Series (ALMS) for Risi Competizione, the Finnish Salo was able to help power the team forward to win the 12 Hours of Sebring last year in their 430 GT in the GT2 class. Imminently familiar with Ferrari having raced for the Italian powerhouse in F1 and other respected series, Salo looks forward to helping navigate the 3000 mile cross country road course for the auction winner in the spectacular new Ferrari F430 Scuderia included as part of the auction.
With the Gumball 3000 Rally beginning in Santa Monica, CA on May 1st and ending in Miami, FL May 8th, the online auction hosted by World Class Driving through eBay will begin Friday, April 10th with bids starting at $405,000 dollars.
The World Class Driving Gumball 3000 Auction is a rare chance not only to own what some believe is Ferrari's best ever road car the 430 Scuderia, but also satiate auto enthusiasts' appetite to drive like a pro, with a pro, all on one of the most publicized and closely followed, celebrity attended road races ever created.
For those Ferrari enthusiasts not currently included on the delivery list of Modena's highly-anticipated 430 Scuderia, the World Class Driving Gumball 3000 Auction presents a unique opportunity to own the world's most coveted exotic. The race-ready Scuderia is imbued with the latest Ferrari technology, equipped with Enzo-caliber performance that allowed the red hot Scuderia to lap the world famous Fiorano track in a scant 85 seconds. With the Scuderia's sleek styling made to envy with performance to match, and one of the most skilled Ferrari drivers in the world sitting shotgun, the exhilarating coast-to-coast Gumball 3000 should allow for the experience of a lifetime thanks to World Class Driving.
The bidding for the World Class Driving Gumball 3000 Auction will officially commence on April 10th, with an opening bid of $405,000 dollars. Interested and serious bidding parties should log on to http://pages.ebay.com/worldclassdriving/ for more information.
Bidding for the auction will close on April 20th at which point the highest bidder will be announced.
About World Class Driving
Established in the U.S. in 2006, World Class Driving is the preeminent on-road driving experience. In addition to offering exciting half-day exotic driving experiences, World Class Driving has also established creative and unique automotive adventure programs such as the 200 MPH Xtreme, Viva Italia Tour and Indy Road & Racing events. For more information on the World Class Driving Gumball 3000™ Auction, or any other World Class Driving experience please dial (877) 597-6403 or log on to www.worldclassdriving.com
About Risi Competizione
Founded in 1998, Risi Competizione offers complete race services with a track record of success in car preparation, race support, race management, team organization and engineering development. For more information please log on to www.risicompetizione.com or dial (713) 977-3542. Risi Competizione is owned by Giuseppe Risi.
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