Risi Competizione is to enter the 2019 Motul Petit Le Mans race, October 9-12, at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta, the final round of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series.
The team’s #62 Ferrari 488 GTE will contest the GTLM class with the winning trio of drivers from this year’s Le Mans 24 Hours: Ferrari Competizioni GT factory drivers and 2017 FIA WEC GT World Drivers Champions James Calado and Alessandro Pier Guidi along with Daniel Serra.
It will be Calado and Pier Guidi’s second race of the year for Risi, after being partnered with Davide Rigon and Miguel Molina in the car at the IMSA Rolex 24 At Daytona where they scored a second place in GTLM in the team’s last IMSA race before today’s announcement.
Risi Competizione will bring back the popular Rosso Corsa red traditional Risi livery for their Petit Le Mans effort after competing at Le Mans in a blue ‘art car’ scheme.
“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.”
The Risi Competizione team, now 22 years old, has extensive history at the 10-hour Petit Le Mans race. With four victories, 10 podiums, and six poles in 24 entries over 18 years, the American Ferrari team of Team Principal Giuseppe Risi is one of the best-known teams on track. The renowned Ferrari team competed in the first-ever Petit Le Mans race in 1998 when Wayne Taylor, Eric van der Poele and Emmanuel Collard drove into the history books in the Doyle-Risi Ferrari 333 SP in the inaugural Petit Le Mans race.
Risi Competizione cars have collected three additional victories at the popular IMSA season finale. In 2008 Jamie Melo and Mika Salo won from pole position in the Ferrari 430 GT2 and again in 2009 with Melo, Salo and Pierre Kaffer, also in the 430 GT2. The Team’s last victory came in 2016 when Giancarlo Fisichella, Toni Vilander and Calado brought the Risi Ferrari 488 GTLM to the checkered flag in first place.
Brazilian Serra, although new to the Risi stable, is no stranger in a Ferrari, nor at Road Atlanta. He is the 2018 Petit Le Mans GTD class winner, along with teammates Cooper MacNeil and Gunnar Jeannette. He also competed at the annual Fall IMSA finale in 2012 and 2013 in the Ferrari 458 Italia and 488 GTE with Scuderia Corse.