Peter “PK” Kaczmar, on a pre-race Saturday morning, in uniform, headset on, ready to race, with the ever present quicktie ready for use. (photo by Regis Lefebure). Transitions: Peter Kaczmar (1960-2015) On Sunday, August 22nd, 2015,  former Risi Competizione Chief Mechanic (more on that later) Peter “PK” Kaczmar died.  PK was living in Danville, Virginia—also the […]

Rear View Mirror: The 2015 Risi Competizione Season

      The season starts at Daytona. The No. 62 roars into the night at the 24 Hours of Daytona. Photo (C) Regis Lefebure. January   The year for Risi Competizione starts with the 24 Hours of Daytona. The long-distance endurance race came back on the competitive calendar when ALMS/IMSA were taken over by […]

Patrick Dempsey: Off The Marquee. Onto the Starting Line.

This piece was written by Taylor Wiseman, one of the participants in the 2015 Risi Competizione sponsored Young Journalist Program at COTA.  Father, actor, racecar driver…Patrick Dempsey is a busy man! Earlier this year Dempsey was killed off of the ever-popular TV show, Grey’s Anatomy. Fans were not particularly happy about the death of McDreamy. […]

How to Set up the Ferrari 458 for Petit Le Mans

Hard to believe: the last race of the season–the Petit Le Mans–is this weekend. For Risi Comp, the race season and the 458 era will end at Petit Le Mans. Petit has always been a good race for us…we won the first Petit Le Mans with a 333SP and have enjoyed success there ever since. […]

Seeing It: Photography is Just Point and Shoot,Right?

This piece was written by Taylor Wiseman, one of the 2015 YJP participants at COTA.    Point and Shoot. That was my idea of photography for a long time. Only in recent years have I realized that photography is a much more difficult skill than I could ever imagine. More difficult, that is, if you […]

Risi Comp at COTA: A Race and Post Race Gallery

  Daulton Venglar, one of the Young Journalists at COTA this weekend in a program sponsored by Risi Competizione and COTA, took this gallery of photos of the Risi Comp Ferrari 458 on its’ way to a second place finish in the TUDOR series race. 

Breaking Barriers

This piece was written by Michelle Sanchez, who was a member of the Young Journalist Program sponsored by Risi Competizione and COTA. As a part of the program, students move into the press room at Circuit of the Americas and receive a total immersion introduction into real-time/real-world media coverage. Michelle is a Journalism Student at […]

Big Fan, Young Man

This piece is written by  Taylor Wiseman, who is covering the Lone Star Le Mans Grand Prix as a member of the Young Journalist Program. A young fan, arms covered in signatures, walks up to Pierre Kaffer and Giancarlo Fisichella, drivers of the Risi Competizione No. 62 Ferrari 458,   unfazed by their professional driver […]

Texas Heat and European Drivers

This post is written by Rachel Wenzlaff, who is part of the Young Journalist Program sponsored by Risi Competizione. Rachel is majoring in Journalism at the University of Texas. She will be posting articles on the site throughout the race weekend.  When Risi drivers Giancarlo Fisichella or Pierre Kaffer emerge from the cockpit after a […]

Setting up The Risi Comp Ferrari 458 For COTA

  This post is part of a continuing series by Rick Mayer, Risi Competizione’s Race Engineer. This week, it’s on the challenges and realities of racing at Circuit of the Americas in this weekend’s upcoming Lone Star Grand Prix. Houston, Texas (September 10, 2015)…Rick Mayer, race engineer of the Risi Competizione No. 62 Ferrari 458 […]