The Michelin shod, Risi Competizione Ferrari GT Team, sponsored by Calpont concluded this week end's Road America Race in 12th position in their GT class after an early retirement due to electrical problems.
Coming off impressive practice and qualifying sessions this weekend at the Road America 500, sponsored by The Chicago Tribune, The Risi Competizione Ferrari 360 Modena GT Team really seemed to have their share of problems. Sharing the wheel were Ralf Kelleners (Germany) and Anthony Lazzaro (United States). Starting the race in 4th position on the grid, the team fought off the Porsches and the other Ferrari teams on this 4.048-mile road course.
By the first hour of the race, Kelleners had put the car into 2nd position in class. A flat spotted tire caused an early pit stop. They pitted under a yellow an hour and 15 minutes into the race. Anthony got into the car and was maintaining a competitive position hoping for some luck. But, unfortunately the day ended early with and electrical issue.
Rick Mayer, Engineer, No.35, Risi Competizione, Ferrari 360 Modena GT:
"We had electrical issues, which were not easily diagnosed. This put us out of the race. We are investigating it and will have it sorted out for La Guna Seca. It was unfortunate as the car was competitive all week."
Anthony Lazzaro, No.35, Risi Competizione, Ferrari 360 Modena GT:
"This week end certainly was like a roller coaster ride. We came in with a lot of momentum after having 3 podiums in a row. We knew coming in to Road America that we were going to be challenged with the long straights here. The Risi Competizione Team did a fantastic job developing the car. We were actually even more competitive than we thought we were going to be, given that this was a power track. We were the quickest in the Saturday afternoon practice, and then we finished qualifying in 4th position, which was great and gave us a good place to start the race from. All we can do is move on to La Guna Seca. We finished 2nd on the podium there last year and hopefully we can use some of that experience to our advantage."
Ralf Kelleners, No.35, Risi Competizione, Ferrari 360 Modena GT:
"I was happy with the car Saturday. Unfortunately, this was not our Sunday."
The team is gearing up already to defend last year's podium finish at Laguna Seca.