Ferrari: Risi Competizione Team Claims GT Victory at Road America, First Victory for 458 Italia Model in ALMS
American Le Mans, meet the Ferrari 458 Italia. The legendary Italian company’s new GT challenger for 2011 snatched a huge victory for Oakley-sponsored Ferrari Team Rizi Competizione last month at Road America in Wisconsin, dazzling both the crowd and Ferrari executives on hand to witness its first win in ALMS. Following an intense four hour, 101 lap round of racing, it was the Rosso Red Ferrari with Jaime Melo and Toni Vilander that emerged on top – edging two BMW’s driven by Bill/Auberlen/Dirk Werner and Oakley’s Dirk Muller/Joey Hand. The hot new challenger from Maranello has been clawing its way into the mix over amazing competition – now sealing the deal for the team’s 21st overall series win. All in front of Ing Amedeo Felisa, CEO of Ferrari SpA and Marco Mattiacci, president and CEO of Ferrari North America.