The North American Racing Team (NART) is a motorsport racing team founded in 1958. It was created by businessman Luigi Chinetti to promote the Ferrari marque in United States through success in endurance racing.

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 Ferrari racers and support from factory mechanics.

In racing

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).

A Ferrari 158 car officially entered by NART sealed the win of the 1964 F1 World championship with John Surtees, as the works team competed the last two races (the United States Grand Prix and Mexican Grand Prix) in cars painted white and blue - the national colours of the teams licensed in the United States. This was done as a protest concerning arguments between Ferrari and the Italian motorsport body ACI regarding the homologation of a new mid-engined Ferrari race car.[1] Since the Ferrari cars entered in the 1965 and 1969 F1 seasons by NART and at the 1966 Italian Grand Prix by the British privateer Reg Parnell team kept wearing the red colour, the 1964 Mexican Grand Prix was the last time Ferrari cars wore other than the traditional red colour (rosso corsa) in Formula One.

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, driven by Jochen Rindt, Masten Gregory and Ed Hugus.[2]

Other NART results include a third place in the 1967 24 Hours of Daytona with Pedro Rodríguez and Jean Guichet, backing up two works 330 P4 in Ferrari's triple success, which was commemorated by the naming of the 365 GTB4 "Daytona". With this model, NART scored second in the 1973 24 Hours of Daytona 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, including Mario Andretti and Phil Hill.

Road cars

NART also had a Ferrari model with its name attached to it – the 1967 275 GTB/4S 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.[3] 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 design.


Victories in the World Sportscar Championship

Year Race Car Driver 1 Driver 2 Driver 3
1962 400 km of Bridgehampton[4] Ferrari 330 TRI/LM Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
1000 km of Paris[5] Ferrari 250 GTO Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Mexico Ricardo Rodríguez
1963 Daytona 3 Hours[6] Ferrari 250 GTO Mexico Pedro Rodríguez
1964 Daytona 2000 km[7] Ferrari 250 GTO Mexico Pedro Rodríguez United States Phil Hill
1965 24 Hours of Le Mans[2] Ferrari 250 LM Austria Jochen Rindt United States Masten Gregory United States Ed Hugus
12 Hours of Reims[8] Ferrari 365 P2 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez France Jean Guichet

Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Results in bold indicate pole position; results in italics indicate fastest lap; † indicates shared drive.)

Year Chassis Engines Tyres Drivers 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
1964 Ferrari 158 Ferrari 205B 1.5 V8 D MON NED BEL FRA GBR GER AUT ITA USA MEX
United Kingdom John Surtees 2 2
Ferrari 1512 Ferrari 207 1.5 V12 Italy Lorenzo Bandini Ret 3
Ferrari 156 F1 Ferrari 178 1.5 V6 Mexico Pedro Rodríguez 6
1965 Ferrari 1512 Ferrari 207 1.5 V12 D RSA MON BEL FRA GBR NED GER ITA USA MEX
Mexico Pedro Rodriguez 5 7
Ferrari 158 Ferrari 205B 1.5 V8 United States Bob Bondurant 9
1969 Ferrari 312 Ferrari 3.0 V12 F RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN USA MEX
Mexico Pedro Rodríguez Ret 5 7


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  2. ^ a b "1965 Le Mans 24 Hours | Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-13. Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  3. ^ Eddie Smith Jr., quoted in a marketing film made by Petrolicious Productions.
  4. ^ "Bridgehampton 400 Kilometres 1962 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  5. ^ "Paris 1000 Kilometres 1962 - Photo Gallery - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  6. ^ "Daytona 3 Hours 1963 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  7. ^ "Daytona 2000 Kilometres 1964 - Race Results - Racing Sports Cars". Retrieved 2018-09-16.
  8. ^ "1965 Reims 12 Hours | Motor Sport Magazine Database". Motor Sport Magazine. 2017-06-12. Retrieved 2018-09-16.