Although this was its first year in the Grand Am race series, the Ferrari 458 Italia made a big impression from the start of the season at Daytona.

The car’s promised was soon realized, culminating in the Team title for AIM and the Drivers’ championship for Jeff Segal and Emil Assentato. They scooped the honors at this weekend’s race at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca, despite having one race remaining in the series.

By finishing second in Sunday's race, Segal and Assentato had amassed enough points to be uncatchable, securing the result for Ferrari and its Corse Clienti department. Their performance helped extend Ferrari's lead in the constructors' classification to 12 points ahead of Chevrolet.

There was also a fine performance from the Ferrari 458 of Scuderia Corse driven by Alessandro Balzan. Sharing the car with Olivier Beretta, the pair started from pole position and finished fourth in class, 14th overall and on the same lap as the winners.

The final round of the Grand Am championship takes place at Lime Rock on Sept 29.

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