The three-time Petit Le Mans winning team of Risi Competizione, has invited Finish Ferrari driver, Toni Vilander, back to its stable for the 17th annual Petit Le Mans, the finale for IMSA TUDOR United SportsCar Championship, on October 3, 2015. He will join full-season drivers Giancarlo Fisichella and Pierre Kaffer for the 10-hour/1,000-mile Saturday race at the Braselton, Georgia track.
Vilander has competed with the popular Houston, Texas-based Risi Competizione Ferrari team on two previous occasions at Petit Le Mans, in 2010 in the Ferrari 430 GT2 with Gianmaria Bruni to a third-place finish and in 2011 with Jamie Melo and Raphael Matos in the Ferrari 458 Italia with a DNS. In his third and last appearance at Road Atlanta, Vilander won with Johannes van Overbook and Scott Sharp in the Extreme Speed Ferrari 458 Italia in 2012.
“I’m happy to be back with Risi. It’s going to be a tough week and tough race as well,” said Toni Vilander, a current FIA World Endurance driver. “I haven’t raced in TUDOR since Daytona. I cannot wait to get back in the car. That’s when the real work starts. We can talk about it before but it’s more important for the first impression when I get in the car and drive it. I’m happy to be racing again with Risi and will try to score as many points as we can towards the championship.”
“We’re very happy to have Toni back with us again for this year’s for Petit Le Mans,” said Risi Competizione Team Manager David Sims. “He’s a long-time friend of the Risi team and a fantastic Ferrari driver for many years. In 2012 he was part of our 24 Hours of Le Mans victory, alongside Giancarlo Fisichella and Gianmaria Bruni, and that will always be a special memory. Now we hope he, Giancarlo and Pierre can add a third Petit Le Mans victory for us this year.”
Live TV coverage of Petit Le Mans will start on October 3 from 11:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. EDT on FOX Sports 2, then broadcast via the internet on IMSA.com from 12:00-2:30 p.m. From 2:30-7:00 p.m. FOX Sports 2 will again broadcast the race. IMSA.com will show the 7:00-8:30 p.m. broadcast and FOX Sports 2 will carry the last hour live through the podium ceremonies from 8:30-9:30 p.m. On Sunday October 4, FOX Sports 1 will broadcast a three-hour highlight of the Petit Le Mans race from 1:30-4:30 p.m EDT.