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Inside the World of Risi Racing

Pulling back the curtain at Lime Rock.

I was lucky enough to have been invited to last weekend’s ALMS race at Lime Rock Park as a guest of Pennzoil and the Risi Competizione Team, for a behind-the-scenes look at what happens during race weekend. Having attended ALMS at Lime Rock for the past two years and experienced what a great atmosphere it was, I jumped at the opportunity. The weather was hovering in the high 90s all day, but that didn’t stop droves of fans from turning out for the race; it was one of the bigger crowds I’ve seen at the track. The Risi team was coming off of a huge victory in Utah and brought two cars to Lime Rock for the first time since 2008, in an effort to make a push for the Constructors’ Championship. Unfortunately, the #62 car was forced to retire early in the race after some contact with the #3 Corvette forced the Ferrari off the track. Pierre Kaffer and Mika Salo were running in the front of the GT class for much of the race; however, an ill-timed full course yellow after the team’s pit stop forced them to take a 4th place finish, barely missing the podium. Two huge missed opportunities, but hey, that’s racing—sometimes things are just out of your hands. Despite the disappointing results, it was a great weekend; thanks to both the Risi Competizione Team and Pennzoil for a great time all around.

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