THE RACE FOR HOME AND...ANOTHER RACE For most of us, when the checkered flag falls on a race, it signals the chance to head for home and some rest and relaxation. Particularly after a 24-hour race when body and mind are both on the ragged edge...
THE RACE FOR HOME AND...ANOTHER RACE
For most of us, when the checkered flag falls on a race, it signals the chance to head for home and some rest and relaxation. Particularly after a 24-hour race when body and mind are both on the ragged edge of exhaustion.
For one group of people, however, another race begins. The task of packing up the eleven tonnes of freight which two weeks ago traveled the 7,932 miles from Le Mans in France back to Houston in Texas, lay chiefly in the hands of the Risi Competizione team's Transportation Director, Scott Wolfe and Chief Mechanic, Richard Taylor, helped by Mark Carter of logistics specialists, Firstair.
Every single item of equipment, every tool, every spare part, nut, bolt and cog plus two race cars had to be packed into 32 packing cases by team personnel before they themselves headed for the airport.
The freight left Le Mans at 5.00pm on Monday after the race (June 18) and finally reached the team's Houston base the morning of Friday, June 22, having traveled via London and Orlando in the capable hands of team sponsor, Virgin Atlantic Cargo. As the race cars and much of the equipment had come directly from the fifth round of the American Le Mans Series in Salt Lake City, Utah, a marathon 16,510 miles were covered from the start to the finish of the French adventure.
Once back at base, the cars were totally rebuilt and refurbished prior to being sent on their way in the Risi team transporters to Lime Rock Park in Connecticut for this weekend's sixth round of North America's premier sportscar racing series. As GT2 points leader, and with four victories to their name already this season, Risi will be looking to build on their string of successes to date.
The #99 Risi Competizione Ferrari 430 GT, driven by Krohn Racing's Colin Braun, Nic Jonsson and Tracy Krohn, claimed an excellent second place in the GT2 category at the 24 Hours of Le Mans, but team regulars Mika Salo and Jaime Melo (with endurance driving partner, Johnny Mowlem) were out of luck at the French classic. This was not a feeling they were familiar with, and they together with the whole team - will be going all out to ensure a return to winning ways.
Round Six of the American Le Mans Series is the American Le Mans Northeast Grand Prix, set for 3.05 pm ET on Saturday, July 7 and finishing at 5.45 pm at Lime Rock Park. CBS Sports will televise the race at 1 pm ET on Sunday, July 8. American Le Mans Radio will have live coverage at www.americanlemans.com which also will feature IMSA Live Timing & Scoring.