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The Houston, Texas-based team, linked again for Le Mans with its endurance partner, Krohn Racing, has retained many of the elements within the 2008 winning package including the race-proven and reliable Ferrari F430 GT Berlinetta, created by Ferrari SpA with final build by Michelotto. Add to that the extremely consistent and successful Michelin tire package, a largely-unchanged driver line-up, and a team which has now recorded GT2 class victories at the last three major endurance races – the 2008 24 Hours of Le Mans, 2008 Petit Le Mans and 2009 12 Hours of Sebring – and one would assume a quiet confidence in success.However, as Team Principal, Giuseppe Risi, notes as pragmatically as ever, the task ahead is not one to be undertaken lightly. “There are undoubtedly high expectations of us after our recent successes in the endurance events, and especially our result last year. But, and this is a big but, you can never underestimate the task ahead at Le Mans. We go into the race composed, and with a certain level of confidence about our preparation and ability to be competitive, but at the same time we are very aware that anything can happen at any time.“I believe that Risi Competizione has the equipment and the drivers capable of winning in our intensely competitive category, which would be a fitting tribute to Ferrari's 60th Anniversary of its first win at Le Mans. I'm delighted to welcome Tracy Krohn and his colleagues back within the team, and I know he's raring to go racing again. Our chances of a successful result are doubled with a two-car entry.“There are, however, new regulation changes this year which might threaten any team's chances of success, notably the pit stop rules reducing the number of people able to carry out a tire change. It only takes one infraction and you potentially end up losing time with a penalty and we all know that the winning car is not necessarily the fastest on the track throughout the 24 hours, but the one which spends the least amount of time in the pits.”

Renewing its successful racing relationship with Krohn Racing for the second time this year, the 2007 class runners-up at La Sarthe, Tracy Krohn and Nic Jönsson, will be running in the now-familiar and distinctive Krohn-green liveried car #83. They are joined once again by Krohn's highly experienced Grand-Am team mate, Eric van de Poele, a face very familiar at La Sarthe and a previous LMP1 class winner in 1998 in the Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari 333 SP. Jönsson arrived directly from the latest round of the Rolex Sports Car Series at Watkins Glen, and it will be the first race for Krohn and van de Poele since the 12 Hours of Sebring. They can't wait to get back behind the wheel of the Ferrari, and are aiming to improve upon a troubled 2008 race, and repeat the result of 24 months ago.

The 77th running of the world's most famous sportscar race, which begins at 3.00pm (local, 8.00am EDT) on June 13, will be seen by over 250,000 spectators, up to 350 million TV viewers worldwide, and reported on by 1,800 journalists from over 35 nations. For regular updates and information on the Risi Competizione team's quest for success, go to or QUOTES AND DETAILS: CAR 83Name: Nic JönssonNationality: Swedish (lives Buford, Georgia, USA)Date of Birth: August 4, 1967Notes: Former open-wheel and touring car champion, IRL and Indy Lights driver. After debut in sportscars, has raced successfully in both ALMS and Grand-Am Rolex Sportscar Series, regular top six and podium finisher in both. 2nd (GT2) 2007 24 Hours Le Mans, 3rd (GT2) 2008 12 Hours Sebring, 2009 winner New Jersey Motorsport Park race in Krohn Racing Ford Lola DPLe Mans Experience: 2008 – Risi/Krohn Ferrari 430 GT (Krohn/van de Poele) – DNF (accident)2007 - Risi/Krohn Ferrari 430 GT (Krohn/Braun) – 2nd GT22006 - Petersen White Lightning Porsche 911 RSR (Bergmeister/Krohn) - DNF (accident)Nic Jönsson: “I think it's always great to drive a car with such history as the Ferrari, being at Le Mans or not. I'm sure with the 60th anniversary Ferrari is going to have a lot of special people there. Also there are 10 Ferraris competing there this year versus five (GT2) Porsches so obviously the marque is very well represented at Le Mans this year. I think we have as good of a chance as anyone else. In a 24-hour race it's not so much about pure speed, it's all about managing your tires and brakes and making sure you stay out of trouble, especially during the night. Also to try to just do the scheduled pit stops; if you do that and nothing goes wrong, you are going to be in a position when the sun rises in the morning to be running up front. That's what we are aiming for again this year.”Name: Tracy KrohnNationality: American (lives Houston, Texas, USA)Date of Birth: August 26, 1954Notes: Been competing in Grand-Am Series since 2004, climbing from Grand-Am Cup to Prototype, first overall victory being at 2005 Six Hours of the Glen. Won “Jim Trueman Award” for Sportsman drivers in 2007. Finished 2nd in GT2 class at 2007 24 Hours Le Mans with Jönsson and Braun. Chairman and CEO of W&T Offshore Inc., an oil and gas exploration and production company headquartered in Houston.Le Mans Experience: 2008 – Risi/Krohn Ferrari 430 GT (Jönsson/van de Poele) – DNF (accident)2007 - Risi/Krohn Ferrari 430 GT (Jönsson/Braun) – 2nd LMGT22006 - Petersen White Lightning Porsche 911 RSR (Bergmeister/Jönsson) - DNF (accident)Tracy Krohn: “I am sooo ready to get back in to the Ferrari 430 GT and race at Le Mans. The Ferrariactually drives a lot like our Proto-Auto Daytona Prototype; the DP just has more downforce and bigger tires. Thus the transition, as far as balance of the car is concerned, feels pretty natural. We have had good success with Risi in that we have finished 2nd at Le Mans in 2007, 3rd at Sebring and 4th at Petit Le Mans in 2008. I believe that we have also had a couple of other Top 10s as well in the last couple of years. The Risi team is always well prepared and completely professional. We have also had the benefit of the Michelin tires and good support from Michelin as well.“Competition is always tough at Le Mans. It's such a challenging circuit. The sheer length of a singlelap being over eight miles is a challenge in itself. Then you add so many talented drivers, many ofthem factory drivers, on the course with you and you have to keep your head up at all times.”Name: Eric van de PoeleNationality: Belgian (lives Incourt, Belgium)Date of Birth: September 30, 1961Notes: Driven more than 65 different racing cars on over 80 race tracks worldwide. Five-time winner of 24 Hours of Spa, three-time class winner of 24 Hours of Le Mans, two-time winner of 12 Hours of Sebring (1995/6), winner of Petit Le Mans (1998 in a Doyle-Risi Racing Ferrari 333SP), former Formula One driver with 29 starts, DTM Champion.Le Mans Experience: 2008 – Risi/Krohn Ferrari 430 GT (Krohn/Jönsson) – DNF (accident)2002 - Team Bentley EXP Speed 8 (Wallace/ Leitzinger) – 1st GTP, 4th overall2001 – Team Bentley EXP Speed 8 (Wallace/Leitzinger – 1st GTP, 3rd overall2000 - Team Cadillac Northstar LMP (Taylor/Angelelli) – Finish 22nd LMP9001998 - Doyle Risi Racing Ferrari 333 SP (Taylor/Velez) – 1st in class (LMP1)1997 - Nissan Motorsports Nissan R390 (Suzuki/ Patrese) – DNF (gearbox) (GT1)1996 - Racing for Belgium/Team Scandia Ferrari 333 SP Dallara (Goossens/Bachelart) – DNF (Accident) (LMP)1994 - Clayton Cunningham Racing Nissan 300ZX Turbo (Gentilozzi/Kasuya) – DNF (Ignition) (IMSA GTS)1992 - Peugeot Talbot Sport 905 (A Ferte/ Wendlinger) – DNF (engine) (Category 1)Eric van de Poele: “It's been a long time since our last race at Sebring, but I've been focusing on Le Mans 24 and the physical preparation (tennis, jogging, swimming). We had a short race last year and I'm looking forward to be back with Nic and Tracy at this fantastic event. Also Nic needs a revenge match with me on table tennis and it is very important to be 100% ready for this challenge!“The secret to success at any endurance event is the entire team, and Risi Competizione is very good at these events. It is impossible to reach the victory goal if you do not have 100% of the attention of the team, of yourself and of the race. I mean, you do need also a bit of luck but this is only 5% of the victory. This goal can only be reached with a full preparation of that race. You need to be patient, fast, prepared for the unprepared, reliable and very, very disciplined and concentrated.”Risi Competizione is a Houston-based racing team, wholly owned and directed by Giuseppe Risi, which has been very successful in sports car racing in both Europe and the United States. In addition to racing Ferraris and Maseratis, Risi Competizione also provides competition development, management, and support services.Tracy W. Krohn, of Houston, Texas, continues his successful racing relationship with Risi Competizione for the third year in succession. Krohn is also a team owner/driver of the Krohn Racing Daytona Prototype team in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series which won its first race of the 2009 season at New Jersey Motorsports Park a month ago.For additional information, please visit our websites at or

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