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GTLM Insider Risi Competizione – Sportscar 365
Mar14

GTLM Insider Risi Competizione – Sportscar 365

As the 2006 American Le Mans Series season approached, Risi Competizione was finalizing plans for new cars, engines, factory drivers, and technical support for a Ferrari 430 GT campaign. But a ground-breaking decision by Guiseppe Risi who told the factory “to keep their cars” unless he could run on the right tires turned out to be a key factor in championship success. History shows it turned out to be a very smart decision...

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Le Mans – the Americans are coming!
Feb05

Le Mans – the Americans are coming!

This year’s Le Mans 24 Hours will have a huge American contingent with 12 of the 60 cars accepted for this year’s race showcasing the stars and stripes. The Automobile Club de l’Ouest revealed the 60 cars today that will start the 84th running of the event that will kick off on June 18. The return to Ford as an official factory squad in the GTE-Pro was confirmed all four entries – the two IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship cars...

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Risi ready to repeat history
Aug06

Risi ready to repeat history

If history is a teacher and reasonable predictor of the future, the competition and fans should have their eyes on the Risi Competizione team and drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer here at Road America. First – the history. Last year, after a disastrous start to the TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, the ultra-successful Houston-based team led by team principal, Giuseppe Risi, regrouped. The team brought in Kaffer...

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Michelin tire strategies
Jul12

Michelin tire strategies

Michelin’s four technical partner teams in the GTLM class – BMW Team RLL, Corvette Racing, Porsche North America, and Risi Competizione Ferrari – all have truckloads of data, championship-winning drivers, savvy race strategists, and embedded Michelin tire engineers. Yet, when it came time to decide which Michelin tire option to use in qualifying and in today’s Mobil 1 SportsCar Grand Prix at Canadian Tire Motorsport Park, there...

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Rain may open door for Michelin GTLM runners
Jun28

Rain may open door for Michelin GTLM runners

If Saturday morning’s wet conditions are a fair indicator, the battle at the front of the Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen could become more crowded if rain arrives during today’s race. Track conditions were sunny and dry for Friday’s pair of TUDOR United SportsCar Championship practice sessions which saw a gap of six seconds per lap (1 minute 38 seconds vs. 1 minute 44 seconds) from the Prototype entries led by the Michael Shank Racing...

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