Risi Competizione Back In IMSA For Petit Le Mans

Risi Competizione is returning to IMSA competition during the Petit Le Mans.
Risi Competizione is returning to IMSA competition during the Petit Le Mans.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. – Risi Competizione has confirmed their return to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12 at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

The team will field the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE in the GT Le Mans class for the first time since the season-opening Rolex 24 At Daytona with a powerhouse driver lineup. James Calado, Alessandro Pier Guidi and Daniel Serra – who co-drove to the GTE Pro class victory in the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans – will share the lone Ferrari in the GTLM class at Motul Petit Le Mans.

“Petit Le Mans has been a special race to me and the team since it first started at Road Atlanta 22 years ago,” said Team Principal Giuseppe Risi. “Having won that inaugural race in 1998 and three additional victories, I’m quite fond of this race and this venue.”

In January, the Risi team opened the year with a runner-up result in the GTLM class in the Rolex 24 At Daytona by co-drivers Calado, Pier Guidi, Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina. Risi Competizione also competed in the 2019 24 Hours of Le Mans, finishing 12th in the GTE Pro class.

The first of the Risi team’s four victories came in the inaugural race in 1998, when Wayne Taylor, Eric van der Poele and Emmanuel Collard won in the Doyle-Risi Ferrari 333 SP. The team’s second victory came in 2008, when Jamie Melo and Mika Salo won in the Ferrari 430 GT3.

The following year, Melo and Salo partnered with Pierre Kaffer to successfully defend the team’s GT2 class victory. The team’s last Motul Petit Le Mans win came in 2016, when Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander and Calado took the GTLM class win. That also was the team’s most recent IMSA victory.