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The Giuseppe Risi-owned Risi Competizione Ferrari Team has announced plans to enter the 2019 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with a single-car effort for the legendary Rolex 24 At Daytona race, January 24-27. The Houston, Texas-based Ferrari team just completed yesterday’s tire test for partner Michelin at the 3.56-mile Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida with Ferrari Competizione GT driver Miguel Molina. Although the team has not yet announced drivers for the classic endurance event, they have confirmed they will bring the popular Rosso Corsa Ferrari 488 GTLM to the upcoming Roar Before the 24 on January 4-6.

The annual Motul Petit Le Mans did not produce the typical successful race finish for the legendary Risi Competizione Ferrari team. The Houston, Texas-based No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM team started and finished ninth in class in the 21st running of the 10-hour Petit Le Mans race today at Road Atlanta. The four time Petit Le Mans winners didn’t have the pace this week to compete against the regular full-time IMSA GTLM entries fielded by the manufacturers. The Risi team was not an IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Challenge regular competitor this season, having only entered the Rolex 24 At Daytona and the 12 Hours of Sebring.

At the five-hour mark of the 21st Annual Motul Petit Le Mans 10-hour race, the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM team is currently in ninth place in the GTLM class, after starting from the ninth position on the grid. The red Ferrari has cycled as high as fourth in class on Lap 43, while the fan-favorite team pitted six times, including through four caution periods. Qualifying and starting driver Toni Vilander, of Kankaanpaa, Finland, progressed during his first stint from P9 to P6 within the first few laps. He exited the car on Lap 43 while in fourth position to give driving duties to Spaniard and fellow Ferrari GT factory driver Miguel Molina.

The Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM team, with drivers Toni Vilander, Andrea Bertolini and Miguel Molina, returned to Road Atlanta this week for the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s Motul Petit Le Mans race. The 15-minute qualifying session for the 10-hour race was held this afternoon and the Ferrari team from Houston, Texas took the ninth qualifying position with a time of 1:17.774. Finnish driver Vilander qualified the popular red Ferrari, which is making its first appearance in the IMSA series since the 12 Hours of Sebring race this past March.

After a break from competition in the International Motor Sports Association (IMSA) series during 2018, the popular Risi Competizione Ferrari team is back on track seeking to write more history at the iconic Motul Petit Le Mans race. The fall classic race at Road Atlanta in Braselton, Ga., is the 21st annual Petit Le Mans, scheduled for October 13. Risi Competizione drivers for this year’s Petit Le Mans are all Ferrari GT factory drivers, as usual. Finn Toni Vilander, Spaniard Miguel Molina and Italian Andrea Bertolini will share driving duties in the Rosso Red Prancing Horse. Vilander has two victories, four podiums and two poles in six entries at the 2.54-mile, 12-turn road course. Bertolini will be making his fifth appearance and has one podium at Petit, while Molina is a Petit rookie.

A Race Engineers’ Perspective
Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Risi Competizione No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM team, gives a preview of the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Motul Petit Le Mans, October 11-13 at Road Atlanta. The team announced the drivers joining Risi Competizione for the 21st annual Petit Le Mans race to pilot the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM will be Toni Vilander, Miguel Molina and Andrea Bertolini.

Giuseppe Risi, Risi Competizione Team Principal, announced his drivers today for the upcoming IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship Motul Petit Le Mans, October 11-13, as Toni Vilander, Miguel Molina and Andrea Bertolini. All three drivers are Ferrari factory drivers and have driven with the legendary Houston, Texas-based Risi Competizione Ferrari team previously.

Risi Competizione Team Principal Giuseppe Risi announced today that his Risi Competizione Ferrari team will return to competition in the International Motor Sport Association (IMSA) WeatherTech SportsCar Championship series at this year’s Motul Petit Le Mans race, October 11-13.

The Risi Competizione team with Keating Motorsports is proud to add another podium result to its Le Mans history in the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 16-17. Today the popular American privateer Ferrari team finished third in the GTE-Am class, collecting its seventh podium, including three victories, at the Circuit de la Sarthe’s legendary endurance classic race over the years. Risi Competizione prepared the Ferrari 488 GTE for fellow Texas automotive dealer and IMSA racer Ben Keating, along with his teammates, IMSA regular Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen and German Le Mans rookie Luca Stolz.

More steady driving and uneventful stints was the name of the game for the No. 85 Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione Ferrari GTE-Am team at the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. As night turned back into day, the Ferrari team maintained their second in class position throughout the next six hours. Jeroen Bleekemolen had taken over the driving duties from Luca Stolz just before the 12-hour mark in the twice-around-the-clock endurance race. Other than a couple of cautions to clear track conditions caused by other competitors, Bleekemolen just drove clean and kept the second position as he triple stinted.

The No. 85 Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione Ferrari GTE-Am has continued to pace the24 Hours of Le Mans race at a steady pace and have gained positions by driving smart, solid and clean since the start of the race. They are currently second in class after starting from the 11th GTE-Am position on the grid. The first six hours saw the three drivers, Jeroen Bleekemolen, Ben Keating and Luca Stolz, rotate in that order through the cockpit of the Ferrari F142M, V8 twin turbo, Michelin-shod race car. One small miscue saw Bleekemolen take a spin early but safely recover, while both Keating and Stolz drove steady and flawlessly.

The No. 85 Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Am team had a solid start to the 86th annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race today at Circuit de la Sarthe in front of a large spectator crowd. Jeroen Bleekemolen, a Dutch driver, was qualifying and starting driver for the American team based in Texas in the USA. Starting from the 11th position in the GTE-Am, it didn’t take Bleekemolen long to climb up through the field and by the team’s first pit stop approximately 45 minutes into the twice-around-the-clock endurance race, they had climbed to fifth in class. After fuel and a slight tire pressure adjustment, Bleekemolen was back out on track. Unfortunately, just a lap later he was back in the pits after suffering a spin at the Porsche Corner and requiring new tires.

Longtime Le Mans team owner Giuseppe Risi and Ben Keating, both business owners and automotive dealers in the state of Texas with racing connections, partnered for this years’ 24 Hours of Le Mans race, June 16-17. Keating, who was honored with the Bob Akin Award IMSA entry for this year’s 86th running of the historic twice-around-the-clock endurance race will have regular Dutch teammate Jeroen Bleekemolen, and German Le Mans rookie Luca Stolz as co-drivers in the Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE-Am entry.

Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione No. 85 Ferrari 488 GTE-Am team, gives us an updated preview of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 16-17, 2018, following the recent Le Mans Test. Drivers Ben Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, and Luca Stolz all drove the No. 85 Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE at the recent Le Mans Test and will be the driver line-up for the twice-around-the-clock endurance race.

Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione No. 85 Ferrari 488 GTE-Am team, gives us a preview of this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, June 16-17, 2018. Giuseppe Risi and Ben Keating, both business owners and automotive dealers in the state of Texas with racing connections, have joined forces for this years’ 24-hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Keating, Jeroen Bleekemolen, and Luca Stolz will pilot the Keating Motorsports/Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTE.

The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM team of Ferrari factory GT drivers James Calado, Toni Vilander and Alessandro Pier Guidi finished fifth in class at the 66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts race in Sebring, Florida. Calado started from the front row, in second position, on the GTLM grid. He got caught up on the outside of one of the BMWs at the start, as he got outpowered going into the first turn and got in the marbles a bit, which slowed his initial pace. He settled in after the first caution and subsequent pit stop and soon went to the top of the chart in the GTLM class.

At the six-hour mark of the 66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts, the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM team is currently in second place in the GTLM class. Qualifying and starting driver James Calado, of Worcester, England, had a challenging race start when he was hit in the rear by a BMW. Fortunately, the Ferrari was fine, and he continued, although he was shuffled down from his second starting position to the seventh in the GTLM class by Lap 3.

Qualifying for the 66th Annual Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts took place today at Sebring International Raceway in Sebring, Florida. Brit James Calado qualified the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari on the front row in the GTLM class in the second position on the grid for Saturday’s twice-around-the-clock historic endurance race. Paired with Calado are Finn Toni Vilander and Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi in the popular red Ferrari 488 from Houston, Texas. The Risi Ferrari drivers and crew have been pleased with the progress this week with good times in all four practice sessions and a comfortable driving car.

The Risi Competizione Ferrari Team from Houston, Texas has set its sights on entering their name a fourth time in the Sebring history books. The iconic once-around-the-clock endurance race will celebrate its 66th running of the 12 Hours of Sebring, motorsports’ annual Spring rite of passage. The 66th Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring Presented by Advance Auto Parts will take place March 15-17 in the otherwise sleepy town of Sebring, Florida.

A Race Engineers’ Perspective
Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Risi Competizione No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM team, gives us a preview of this year’s Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring presented by Advance Auto Parts race, March 15-17. Returning drivers for the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM will be Toni Vilander of Finland, Brit James Calado and Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi.

Risi Competizione and Keating Motorsport announced at this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona that they would partner for Keating’s GTE-Am entry in the 86th running of the 24 Hours of Le Mans. Keating and long-time co-driver, Dutchman Jeroen Bleekemolen, were announced as the two drivers. Today Keating announced that 22-yer-old Luca Stolz of Brachbach, Germany would join the pair in the cockpit of the Risi Ferrari 488 GTE for the twice-around-the-clock French endurance race, June 16-17. Stolz recently drove with the duo, along with Adam Christodoulou, in January’s IMSA Rolex 24 At Daytona race to a fourth-place GTD class finish in the Mercedes-AMG Team Riley Motorsports Mercedes-AMG GT3.

The finish of the 56th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona was not the result the Risi Competizione team had wanted but in the end all nine drivers of the two Ferraris and the talented crew could depart Daytona International Speedway with their heads held high. The No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM of Toni Vilander, Alessandro Pier Guidi, James Calado and Davide Rigon started from the seventh position on the GTLM grid and finished fifth in class.

Going into the second half of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Risi Competizione two-car Ferrari 488 team continued to attempt to make up laps they had lost earlier in the race. As the early morning hours approached it was Ferrari factory GT driver Toni Vilander piloting the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM and pro Matt Griffin behind the wheel of the No. 82 Risi GTD class Prancing Horse. Despite having fast lap times in each of their classes, a noticeably clean race has left a deficit in cautions in this 56th running of the Rolex 24, therefore both teams have been unable to gain back much needed laps.

Between the sixth and 12th hours of the Rolex 24 At Daytona, the Risi Competizione two-car Ferrari 488 team continued to experience some challenges. With one car competing in the manufacturer-based GTLM class and one in the 21-car GTD class, they both had different battles and different challenges. At the start of the race both Risi Ferraris had issues that took them off the lead lap. A brief fueling fire in the No. 82 Ferrari 488 GTD set them back about 20 laps while a tire puncture and door latch issue set the No. 62 Ferrari back only slightly. Both cars used the next six hours to try to make up some ground after starting the seventh hour with a wet track that was drying.

The Risi Competizione Ferrari Team experienced its fair share of drama in the first six hours of the Rolex 24 At Daytona at Daytona International Speedway today. A pit stop fire, tire puncture, driver’s door that would not close and rain kept the Risi crew and drivers on their toes. Both the GTLM and GTD cars cycled through their drivers with mostly single stints after the race start at 2:40 p.m. EST.

Qualifying for the 56th annual Rolex 24 At Daytona saw the No. 82 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTD car qualify on the front row in class with Spaniard Miguel Molina at the wheel. The rookie Daytona driver is making not only his first appearance at Daytona, but this is his inaugural race in the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. The No. 82 Ferrari was first in practice session one and second in practice session two in a field of 21 GTD cars. Molina’s best lap time of 146.502 was .453 seconds behind pole sitter and Spirit of Race Ferrari driver Daniel Serra.

Risi Competizione and Keating Motorsports have announced a partnership for the 86th Annual 24 Hours of Le Mans race to be held June 16-17, 2018. Giuseppe Risi and Ben Keating, both business owners and automotive dealers in the state of Texas with racing connections, have joined forces for this years’ 24-hour race at the Circuit de la Sarthe in Le Mans, France. Risi is the Team Principal of Risi Competizione and owner of Ferrari of Houston and Ferrari of Woodlands. Keating is the owner of Viper Exchange and Keating Motorsports, along with many car dealerships in Texas as well.

The Risi Competizione Ferrari Team from Houston, Texas is returning to the “World Center of Racing”, Daytona International Speedway, January 25-28, for the Rolex 24 At Daytona with its most formidable line-up as it celebrates the teams’ 20th anniversary. Team Principal Giuseppe Risi turned heads when he paired the top Ferrari GT sports car race drivers of today to compete in the 56th annual running of the twice-around-the-clock endurance race.

The popular No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM car will be carrying a new sponsor on its livery for the 56th Annual Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 25-28, 2018, at Daytona International Speedway in Daytona Beach, Florida. Effex Management Solutions, a large volume contingent workforce staffing company, has joined fellow Texas-based Risi Competizione as a sponsor for the 2018 running of the Rolex 24 At Daytona race. This will be a first-time racing sponsorship for the 17-year old company.

Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Risi Competizione No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM team, gives us a preview of this year’s Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 25-28, 2018. The team announced two additional drivers joining Risi Competizione for the 56th running of the 24-hour race. The No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM of Toni Vilander of Finland, Brit James Calado and Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi will also welcome Italian Davide Rigon to the cockpit. The No. 82 Ferrari 488 GT3-spec GTD entry is joined by fifth driver Matt Griffin of Ireland to support Spaniard Miguel Molina and a trio of Mexican drivers including Martin Fuentes, Santiago Creel and Ricardo Perez de Lara.

The Risi Competizione two-car team used the Roar Before the 24 test days to get both Ferrari 488s prepared for the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona race, January 25-28. Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi piloted the No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 488 GTLM entry all weekend and was happy with the progress made with the team to get the Prancing Horse race ready for the twice-around-the-clock endurance race. Toni Vilander and James Calado will co-drive with Pier Guidi for the race and all are Ferrari factory GT drivers.

Risi Competizione will enter the 2018 IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship season with a two-car team for the upcoming Rolex 24 At Daytona, January 25-28. The Daytona entries consist of the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTLM (Grand Touring Le Mans class) with Toni Vilander of Finland, Brit James Calado and Italian Alessandro Pier Guidi.