The 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2019 took place from Wednesday 23rd to Saturday 26th October in partnership with the Italian Embassy in Washington, Alfa Romeo, Chopard, Alitalia, Competizione & Sports Cars, Creighton Farms, Fairmont Washington DC Georgetown and Town of Middleburg.
After the success of the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2018, this year the event expanded regarding both the number of participating cars and the number of days for the race. The event featured one day of regularity rally training followed by a three-day race in the true 1000 Miglia style and format. The competitive race was staged in full 1000 Miglia style, finishing on Italian soil at Villa Firenze, the Italian Ambassador’s residence in Washington D.C.
The event featured 22 cars in two classes: the 1000 Miglia Era Class which was represented by 1000 Miglia eligible cars, built between 1927 and 1957 and the Post-1000 Era Class represented by sports cars, grand touring and supercars built from 1958 to present. The crews has been divided into two categories: novice and veterans, based on the number of participations in the last seven editions of the 1000 Miglia. Veteran competitors were the crews with at least one driver with experience in two or more 1000 Miglia between 2013 and 2019 and novice competitors were those with less or no experience in the 1000 Miglia.
The winner of the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA 2019 has been the Veteran crew composed of John and Julie Herlihy driving a 1953 Jaguar XK120 OTS Roadster. The winning team was presented with the first Coppa USA (USA Cup). Completing the winner’s podium of the 2019 edition of the 1000 Miglia Warm Up USA were the Novice crews composed of Eric Oberlander and Scott Laroque driving a 1956 Ferrari GT Coupé Boano in 2nd place and, in 3rd place, Josh and David Simpson driving a red 1956 Jaguar XK 120. Randy Simon and Sharon Swart, in a 1963 Lancia Flaminia Touring Spider, have been the winners of the Post 1000 Miglia Era class followed by Phelim Kavanagh and Victor Cappelletti driving a 2016 BMW M4 GTS and Jude Alexander with Charles Cloutier in a 1992 Ferrari 512 TR.