Pierre Kaffer, Giancarlo Fisichella ready in red.
Risi Competizione is back at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca this weekend, May 1 - 3, site of two victories, four additional podiums and three poles in 15 seasons of competition at the scenic Northern California road course. Round Four of the 2015 IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship series will feature the quick and productive driving duo of Italian Giancarlo Fisichella and German Pierre Kaffer behind the wheel of the Houston, Texas-based No. 62 Risi Competizione Ferrari 458 Italia, clad in Ferrari's traditional Rosso Corsa (racing red) color.
Unlike last year's double header race meeting, all four classes of the IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship will be on the track at the same time for the 2015 Continental Tire Monterey Grand Prix, with an extended race time of 40 additional minutes, for a total of two hours and forty minutes. Risi Competizione enters the fourth round on the 10-race season in third place in the GTLM class Team and Driver's Championship points, following back-to-back second-place finished at Sebring and Long Beach.
The results of the popular Risi Ferrari team and it's Fisichella/Kaffer pairing include an impressive five podium finish in the past eight races, including two victories (at Road America and VIR in 2014) and three second-place finishes (Indianapolis 2014 and Sebring and Long Beach in 2015). In that eight-race span they also have two poles (Indianapolis 2014 with Fisichella and VIR 2014 with Kaffer).
2006, 2007 wins
Risi Competizione celebrated victories at the 11-turn, 2.238-mile Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca circuit in 2006 and 2007, while their other four podium finishes were in 2002, 2003, 2008, and 2014. This weekend will be Kaffer's sixth appearance at the Monterey, California circuit; his best showing was a victory in 2004. Fisichella makes his third appearance at Laguna Seca this year with his previous best finish a third-place last year with Kaffer.
The 2014 race at Mazda Racing Laguna Seca was the first one in which team owner Giuseppe Risi paired Fisichella and Kaffer and it immediately produced a podium result (third)-- their best of the four races to date on the 2014 calendar. The duo went on to collect victories at Road America and VIR (Virginia International Raceway).