It will be a homecoming affair for Conquest Racing w/ Ferrari as the team returns to their home track, Indianapolis Motor Speedway, for the final round of the 2023 Fanatec GT World Challenge Championship. Manny Franco and Alessandro Balzan will be teaming up once again as they take on the Indianapolis 8 Hour, and will be joined by renowned French Ferrari driver Lilou Wadoux. The trio will be driving the #21 Corsa Horizon Ferrari 296 GT3 as they battle it out at the Brickyard in the Pro Class.
Lilou Wadoux has a great deal of endurance racing experience in both prototype and GT cars. She and Manny Franco recently co-drove together at Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya in the GT World Challenge Europe Championship the weekend prior, where they went on to secure a third place finish in the Silver Class. This time, they’ll be ready to challenge for more hardware on North American soil as they take on the 2.439 mile, 14-turn road course configuration.
“I can’t wait to do my first laps with the Conquest Racing team on such a legendary circuit,” exclaimed Lilou Wadoux. “I had the pleasure of racing with Manny last weekend in Barcelona, and I’m looking forward to working with Alessandro as I know he is a fast and very experienced driver. We’ve had some good testing under our belt, and we’ll be aiming to put our Ferrari 296 GT3 on the podium!”
“I’m thrilled to be driving with Lilou again,” added Manny Franco. “We worked very well together in Barcelona and her skill and experience are great assets to the team. Alessandro and I are eager to return to the top step of the podium, and I’m confident that the three of us together will be able to challenge at the front of the pack.”
“I am very excited for the last race of the year sharing the car with Manny and Lilou Wadoux,” said Alessandro Balzan. “ We started from pole position for last year’s 8-hour endurance race, so let’s hope to renew with the front place on the grid and bring home some hardware. It always feels special to race at such an iconic track like Indy.”
Free Practice will be held on Thursday, October 5th at 6:45 PM ET. The qualifying sessions will take place on Friday, October 6th at 3:35 PM ET, followed by the Pole Shootout at 6:45 PM ET. The Indianapolis 8 Hour will kick off on Saturday, October 7th at 12:15 PM ET and conclude at 8:15 PM ET. The race will be broadcast live on GT World’s YouTube channel.