Ferrari’s annual ‘Wroom’ event has been cancelled for 2014 due to increasing costs on the part of the sponsor, Philip Morris.
‘Wrooom’ acts as the curtain-raiser for Ferrari’s promotional activity in the calendar year with the team members converging on Madonna di Campiglio ski resort in Italy for plenty of events in the snow, ranging from skiing to ice racing. However, for 2014, the event will not go ahead after the tobacco giant confirmed that it would not be backing the festivities.
“The costs of the event are no longer sustainable therefore we are forced to delete it from our activities,” the vice-president of Philip Morris told Corriere della Sera.
Despite tobacco sponsorship being banned from Formula One cars since 2008, Philip Morris (through its subsidiary, Marlboro) still has a great deal of input at Ferrari.
Below you can find a video featuring an ice race from Ferrari’s 2013 ‘Wrooom’ event.
Porsche will skip Saturday’s IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship race with its two GTLM cars at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course after three positive COVID-19 tests were confirmed during the 24 Hours of Le Mans.
That resulted in Porsche choosing to pull out of the Nurburgring 24 Hour endurance race in Germany, electing to avoid sending any team members as a precautionary measure.
Porsche Motorsport announced Tuesday that its COVID-19 decision also would apply at Mid-Ohio to its No. 911 and No. 12 teams.
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Three of Porsche’s four IMSA GTLM drivers — Laurens Vanthoor, Frederic Makowiecki and Nick Tandy — also were racing in Le Mans. The trio has remained isolated in Europe and won’t be allowed to travel.
“Based on yesterday’s decision that no employee or racing driver of our Le Mans team will participate in the Nürburgring 24 Hours, we have today decided that this ruling will also apply to the upcoming IWSC race in Mid-Ohio,” Fritz Enzinger, vice president for Porsche Motorsport, said in a release. “This means that Laurens, Nick and Fred will not be traveling to the USA.
“This is very regrettable, but we would like to emphasize that in this case as well the health of all those concerned is the prime focus of the decisions we have taken.”
The decision also affects Earl Bamber, who teamed with Vanthoor to win the GTLM championship last year in the No. 912.
Porsche said its GTLM Porsche 911 RSR-19 entries will return for the Oct. 10 race at the Charlotte Motor Speedway Roval.
That will reduce the GTLM class to four cars — two Corvettes and two BMWs — this weekend at Mid-Ohio, in what could be somewhat of a 2021 preview. Porsche Motorsport announced earlier this year that it will leave IMSA after the 2020 season because of the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.