By Mike Gillilan | December 29, 2013
While this Ferrari F458GT doesn’t differ to much from Team West / AJR / Boardwalk’s Ferrari F458 Italia in the specs department, the team the runs this Ferrari is what sets it apart from other teams running the same car.
Risi Competizione is the creation of Giuseppe Risi. He currently serves as its Team Principal. He is also the President and CEO of Ferrari Maserati of Houston and Ferrari of Austin. Risi Competizione was created as the competition arm of Ferrari of Houston (Mr. Risi’s first dealership). As an interesting side note, according to Risi Competizione’s site, Giuseppe Risi was asked by Enzo Ferrari to specially open a Ferrari dealership with complete sales and service facilities in the USofA.
But Mr. Risi isn’t just a “business-owner-who-thought-it’d-be-cool-to-have-a-race-team”, Mr. Risi IS a former race car driver, as well as managing Spain’s first F1 team. In fact, Mr. Risi has managed teams in some of the premiere sports car series in North America. And his teams have ran everything from Nissan powered, Lola prototypes to Ferrari 333 SP prototypes to Maserati MC12s to Ferrari 360 Modena, F430s, and lately, the F458GT. Not to mention a few attempts at the 24 Hours of Le Mans running Ferrari’s in both prototype and GT classes at the famed race.
And to top off Mr. Risi’s already impressive resume, he is one of the founding dealers who organized the “Ferrari Challenge Race Series”
And it was good to hear that Risi Competizione has decided to throw their hat in the ring with the new Tudor United SportsCar Championship series.
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