Risi Ferrari Returns to Motul Petit Le Mans with Trio of 2019 Le Mans-Winning Drivers
Tuesday, October 1, 2019

A longtime IMSA fan favorite is returning to the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship for the season-ending Motul Petit Le Mans on Oct. 12 as Risi Competizione today confirmed plans to compete in the 10-hour race at Michelin Raceway Road Atlanta.

The team will field the No. 62 Ferrari 488 GTE in the GT Le Mans (GTLM) 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.

Television coverage of the 2019 Motul Petit Le Mans begins on the NBC Network at 12 noon ET on Saturday, Oct. 12. The broadcast shifts exclusively to the NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com from 3:00-5:30 p.m. ET. NBCSN takes over the broadcast from that point until its dramatic conclusion on Saturday night. The NBC Sports App and NBCSports.com also will have live flag-to-flag coverage.

As always, IMSA Radio also will have live coverage throughout the race week on IMSA.com and RadioLeMans.com, with a live race broadcast airing on SiriusXM Radio.

Tickets are available now at RoadAtlanta.com.

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