Risi Competizione has confirmed its plans for the two opening races of the season, the “36 Hours of Florida” that span the Rolex 24 At Daytona and Mobil 1 Twelve Hours of Sebring, and beyond those events, the Ferrari team will wait and see what gets added to its IMSA schedule.
“We’ll do the Sebring test in February, and the race obviously,” team manager Dave Sims told RACER. Mr. Risi loves Laguna, and VIR, so maybe there could be some standard events, but we’re only confirmed for Daytona and Sebring right now.”
As the lone Ferrari 488 entrant in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship’s factory-laden GT Le Mans class, Risi’s presence has helped the series to boast the participation of five manufacturers-including BMW, Corvette, Ford, and Porsche – at its races. Citing a shortage in funding the Houston-based squad skipped four races in 2017, and with only the first two races of 2018 in play, fans could miss one of IMSA’s most popular programs.
On a personal front, Sims has been working on an autobiography that spans his years with Lotus in Formula 1 to his present role running the Risi team. The Briton is aiming for a 2018 release.
“I told the guys it needs to come out by the end of the year,” he added. “It’s got to happen. And we’re doing all the years and all I’ve done, but we’re also putting in inserts between the chapters of what was happening in the world during the years we’ve covered. It’s been good fun.”