Fassbender pursues racing dreams in Ferrari Challenge

Actor follows in footsteps of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman, Patrick Dempsey

Published: May 16, 2017, 5:30 PM
Updated: November 21, 2021, 3:11 PM

Michael Fassbender with Ferrari Challenge car

Actor Michael Fassbender is hoping to follow in the footsteps of Steve McQueen, Paul Newman and Patrick Dempsey, when he slips in behind the wheel of his Ferrari Challenge race car.

The star known for portraying Steve Jobs, the younger Magneto in the X-Men franchise, and the synthetic lifeform David in Ridley Scott’s Alien prequels, among others, trained with Ferrari’s “Corso Pilota” driver training program and has completed the first round of the single marque racing series in North America.

The Assassin’s Creed star qualified 17th on the 25-car grid, and finished in the same spot, though provisionally 11th in his class (the challenge is broken down into professional and sportsman classes —Trofeo Pirelli and Coppa Shell, respectively). In the second race of the weekend, Fassbender finished 14th overall and 6th in class.

“Ferrari is defined by racing, and training with the Ferrari team gave me a great foundation to hone my skills behind the wheel of the 488 Challenge race car,” said Fassbender. “From a very early age I idolized Ferrari and its champion, Michael Schumacher, in particular. So now, racing in the Ferrari Challenge brings that dream full circle.”

The series runs division in Asia, Europe and North America (in which Fassbender competes, which means he’ll visit Canada when the series visits Montreal as part of the Grand Prix weekend June 9-11, Canadian Tire Motorsport Park (Mosport for you old folks) the weekend of July 14-16.

He’ll also be hoping to qualify for the World Final that includes all three regions on Oct 26-29 in Mugello.