• Ferrari: Risi Competizione Team Claims GT Victory at Road America, First Victory for 458 Italia Model in ALMS

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    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.

Jaime Melo Jr

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Date of Birth:
April 24, 1980
Hometown:
Cascavel, Brazil
Sponsors:
Ferrari and Stilo Helmets
Hobbies:
Tennis, Soccer, ping pong, and playing playstation.

Career Highlights

    • 2010 Winner of the American Le Mans 12 hours of Sebring
    • 15 ALMSA Career Wins
    • 2009 Winner of the American Le Mans 12 hours of Sebring in the GT2 Class
    • 2009 Winner of 24 Hour Le mans and Petit Le mans
    • 2008 Winner of 24 Hours of Le Mans GT2 Class
    • 2008 Winner of the Petit Le Mans
    • 2007 8 Victories in the GT2 seriers of the American Le Mans Series
    • 2007 Closest Winning Margin in ALMS history; 6 polie positions, 4 fastest laps, and the 2007 ALMS Champion
    • 2006 American Le Mans Series with Risi Competizione in a Ferrari 430- 5 Races only, 2 victories; FIA GT2 Championship with AF Corse in Ferrari 430 GT- Champion
    • 2005 Ferrari test and development driver for 575 GTC; FIA GT Championship with GPC Sport in a Ferrari 575 Maranello
    • 2002 Euro F3000 Series - 5 Wins, Champion
    • 2001 F3000 International Championship with Durango Benetton Junior team- 1 Pole, 1 X 2nd, 12th Overall
    • 2000 F3000 International Championship with Williams Petrobas Junior Team- 11th place overall. Test with Williams F1 team