The Alley

Risi, “Fisi” and Vilander

Risi Competizione is one of the top contenders every race in the American Le Mans Series GT class, and their arsenal of Ferrari F430 GT challengers expands by one this weekend. Besides the usual No. 62 Ferrari of Jaime Melo and Gianmaria Bruni, the No. 61 is back in the traditional “rosso” red with Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander this weekend. Fisichella and Vilander primarily race in the Le Mans Series in Europe...

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Extremely Sharp

Extreme Speed Motorsports is an exciting new GT team on the American Le Mans Series scene and Scott Sharp is literally and figuratively right in the middle of it. The 2009 ALMS Prototype co-champion driver with David Brabham, Sharp has shifted gears to become an owner of the new Patrón sponsored two-car Extreme Speed Motorsports Ferrari team. Sharp, a winner in SCCA, IndyCars, Trans Am and ALMS, co-drives the # 01 Ferrari with former...

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Marino’s Birthday

Not only does Patron Highcroft Racing have consecutive ALMS victories to celebrate, but this week they also have lit the candles and decorated the birthday cake for one of their drivers. Marino Franchitti, Highcroft’s third driver, turned 32 on Wednesday, July 7, and the Highcroft crew enjoyed toasting – and perhaps roasting – their Scottish star pilot. More pictures from Marino’s birthday festivities along with the rest...

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Better Late than Never for Pirro in Friday Testing

Sometimes it is better to be late than never arrive. That was the case for Drayson Racing driver Emanuele Pirro, who received a last-minute call to drive the Lola Judd Coupe in this weekend’s American Le Mans Series race at Utah, deputizing for injured team owner and driver Paul Drayson. The ebullient Italian set the fastest time in Friday’s two-hour promoter test session at Miller Motorsports Park. Pirro lapped the...

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Salt Warriors

Patron Highcroft Racing is back in its normal guise this weekend at Salt Lake City after switching things up a bit at their debut in the 24 Hours of Le Mans. The team fought through some mechanical issues but successfully reached the checkered flag with drivers David Brabham, Marino Franchitti and Marco Werner. After driving for Peugeot at Le Mans, Simon Pagenaud returns to the comfortable seat of the HPD ARX 01-c at Highcroft, where...

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