Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333 SP rockets into the inaugural Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres, July 28-30 with the roar of the Ferrari V-12 on the fast and bumpy 10-turn, 1.6-mile street circuit.
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari 333 SP rockets into the inaugural Grand Prix Player's de Trois-Rivieres, July 28-30 with the roar of the Ferrari V-12 on the fast and bumpy 10-turn, 1.6-mile street circuit. Canadian Ferrari fans are always anxious to hear the symphonic sound of the legendary Prancing Horse's exquisite engine. With stellar driving performances from Italian Mimmo Schiattarella and German Ralf Kelleners behind the wheel, the Risi Ferrari team has captured five Top Five finishes in the last six Grand American Road Racing Association races, four being podium spots. Schiattarella has competed at Trois-Rivieres previously in a Formula Atlantic car in 1993, and he is excited about driving the Ferrari on the Quebec circuit. "I like the circuit because it is very tight with sharp right hand-turns," said Schiattarella. "It is similar to European tracks and is very bumpy as well. I think the Riley & Scott cars will do well and should be flying, but the Ferrari, we hope, will also do well. I look forward to seeing what it can do on this circuit." Schiattarella is a former open-wheel driver with stellar performances in CART and Formula One, the two most prestigious open-wheeled racing organizations in the world. He has competed in sports car racing for the past four years, working on the development of BMW's prototype racer, as well as driving in the American Le Mans Series both last year and this year. Kelleners has never competed on the Trois-Rivieres circuit and is anxious about the prospect of competing on a new track. "I have not heard anything about Trois-Rivieres so far, so it is going to be a surprise," said Kelleners. "I would love to get the first win of the season here because the team, Mimmo and I deserve a win." Ralf Kelleners has competed in touring car and road racing since the mid 1980's. He has experienced success with a GT2 class win at the 1997 Rolex 24 Hours of Daytona in a Porsche 911, GT1 class victories at Watkins Glen and Petit Le Mans in a Porsche, and competed with the Toyota GT-One team as a factory driver at the 24 Hours of LeMans for two seasons. Last season he competed in the Porsche Super Cup, two races in ISRS competition piloting a Kremer 8 Sportscar, and made three appearances on the American Le Mans Series tour in a Porsche GT1. He recently competed at the 24 Hours of LeMans and Nürburgring, driving a ROC Reynard VW. Risi Competizione, formerly Doyle-Risi Racing, is owned by Ferrari of Houston principal Giuseppe Risi and Technical Director John McLoughlin, who campaigned the Ferrari 333 SP for the 1998 and 1999 seasons. "Trois-Rivieres will be a difficult circuit for us," said John McLoughlin. "The many first gear turns followed by short straights are not ideal for the narrow torque band of the high revving 12-cylinder, 4 liter Ferrari engine, but we always enjoy going to a new track and acquiring data to help us in the future." Sponsorship for the No. 12 Risi Competizione Ferrari team comes from Enron and Coollink.com. The car competes on Goodyear Eagle racing tires.