Risi Competizione is a US-based motorsport team, which is active in sports car racing. Team owner is Giuseppe Risi.
Founded as a partnership
The team was formed in 1997 from the collaboration of Giuseppe Risi and Doyle Racing. Doyle Racing was already active in motorsports and used Riley & Scott Mk III chassis for his appearances in the IMSA GT Championship. The team wanted to replace these and take advantage of this risk, as this through its branch office in Houston Ferrari had excellent contacts with the Italian manufacturer of the Ferrari 333 SP.
Thus joined the team from the 1998 season as Doyle - Risi Racing with a Ferrari and was able to build on the successes of Doyle Racing immediately. In the IMSA GT Championship, the team traveled two victories, won the second and third place in the Drivers' Championship by Wayne Taylor and Eric van de Poele and won the team championship. At the 24 Hours of Le Mans Doyle - Risi won the WSC class and took the eighth place overall. After the end of the IMSA GT, the team had to make new deployment plans for the 1999 season. First, the team starts at the 24 - hour race at Daytona and was two laps down second in the overall standings. There was a commitment in the newly founded American Le Mans Series ( ALMS), fourth place at the Grand Prix of Atlanta at the Road Atlanta was the best result of the season.
Risi takes over the team
In 2000, Giuseppe Risi took over the team and completely changes its name to Risi Competizione. The team set further includes a Ferrari 333 SP, but moved to the Grand-Am Sports Car Series. Twice could be inserted into this season, a second place in the team championship, the team came fourth. The year 2001 began again with the 24- hour race at Daytona, this time the Ferrari but did not reach the target. Then the team decided not to take part in the racing and developed over the years 2001 and 2002, a racing version of the Ferrari 360 Modena. However, the 2002 season began with a partnership with Rand Racing, composed to two Lola B2K/40 / Nissan in the Grand-Am one. Because the class SRPII was not strongly occupied, the team had an easy game to win this class victory in every race. Thus, the driver and team championships were the result of this partnership. At the end of the year to put the built Ferrari 360 Modena in parallel in two races in the ALMS.
Also in 2003 came back to Daytona risk to deny the 24 -hour race, this time with the Ferrari 360 Modena. The car hit all the prototypes in the race and ends up behind the Porsche of The Racer 's Group on the second place overall. Then it was again in the ALMS, where risk denied the entire season with two cars and in the end finished second in the team championship. At first appearance at Le Mans with a GT car Risi took eighth place in the GT class. The following year risk reached the first class victory at the New England Grand Prix at Lime Rock Park in the ALMS, but could prove only the fifth in the team standings in the overall standings.
Championships in the ALMS
After a season with the non- ACO -compliant Maserati MC12 in the ALMS under the team name of Maserati Corse Risi Competizione was really successful from 2006. With the two factory riders Mika Salo and Jaime Melo and the new Ferrari 430 GTC, the team sought four class victories in the ALMS and won for the first time the team championship. In the following year, the team won the title again, this time even with eight class wins on the season. After Le Mans, the team returned also, where a vehicle could run in the second place in the GT2 class in partnership with Krohn Racing.
In the following years Risi could not win any more titles, the Ferrari 430 was now one of the oldest cars in the GT field. In the years 2008, 2009 and 2010, the team won every year two class wins in the ALMS, came in the championship, at best, to second place. However, the success came at Le Mans. In 2008, the team was able for the first time after 1998 will once again celebrate a class victory, 2009, the victory was defended in 2010 would retire before the finish of this.
Pause and re- entry into the GT sports
As of the 2011 season, Ferrari introduced its customer teams a successor model for the 430 before, the Ferrari 458 Italia. Risi fired again two cars in the GT class of the ALMS one, but was able to win only one win of the season at Road America and only fifth in the team standings, the worst result for the team since 2004. Risi was denied in 2012 the 24-hour race at Daytona in cooperation with American Canadian Racing and then went no further race more because you wanted to wait due to the changes in the American GT racing first, as new rules and classifications will look. Daytona fifth place in the GT class with the Ferrari 458 Italia was achieved.
For the 2013 season Risi returned to the ALMS and denied the year again with a Ferrari 458 for a win in Virginia and the fourth place in the annual ranking were on the plus side. Risi 2014 will go into the newly formed United SportsCar Championship at the start.