Texas-based Ferrari team Risi Competizione will miss the ever-important Roar Before The 24 test at Daytona this month, but they aren’t without good reason. According to Racer, the team is still putting the finishing touches on its brand-new Ferrari 488 chassis for the 2016 IMSA season and will be stuck in Italy for the Roar this weekend.
“I’m sending two mechanics over (to Italy) on Monday to push the car along at Michelotto and then we can finalize the car here with any loose ends that need tidying up before we go to the race,” Risi team manager Dave Sims told Racer in an interview. “They’ll be gone from the fourth to the 15th, and I’m sending a data acquisition guy the week after.”
Members of the Risi team, including Sims himself, will still be on hand at the Roar Before the 24 in order to gather intel on its fellow GTLM competitors. Despite this, the team may still be at a major disadvantage come later this month when the Roex 24 Hours kicks off after having put very minimal test miles on their brand-new car.
“There won’t be a lot of time; we’ll try to do a shakedown here in Houston, but it will need to be pretty good out of the box and go straight to the 24,” Sims said. “And we’ll go to the Roar and start setting up some of our stuff to be ready for the race, but that’s all at this moment.”
In addition to a new car, Risi will also take on new drivers in 2016. Former pilot Pierre Kaffer left Risi for a factory driver position at Audi, leaving the team with yet-to-be-named Ferrari factory drivers.
“We’re still waiting on drivers from Ferrari, and Pierre’s now an Audi driver for the rest of the year, so we’ll know what our drivers look like after everyone comes back from holiday.”