James Calado rejoins Risi Ferrari for Daytona 24 Hours

Ferrari factory driver James Calado will return to the Risi Competizione squad for this month's Daytona 24 Hours IMSA SportsCar Championship opener

James Calado rejoins Risi Ferrari for Daytona 24 Hours

The Risi team has reassembled the GT Le Mans class-winning line-up from last year's Petit Le Mans IMSA finale by bringing Calado back to share with team regulars Giancarlo Fisichella and Toni Vilander.

The trio of factory drivers will race at Daytona on January 28/29 in the same Ferrari 488 GTE that triumphed in the Road Atlanta 10-hour race (pictured below).

Risi race engineer Rick Mayer described the line-up as "one of the best, if not the best in the field".

"They are all quick, focused, know the car and Daytona and work well in the Risi environment," he said.

"They all know how to win long endurance races, and they get along well on and off track, which is such a key component."

Calado, who joined Ferrari for its World Endurance Championship campaign with AF Corse ahead of the 2014 season, thanked Risi for "the opportunity to come back and race for a second time".

"It's great to know the team have confidence in me after our great result in Road Atlanta," he added.

"I'm really looking forward to working with everyone again and of course we will be fighting for another win."

Calado made his Daytona debut in last year's 24 Hours with Russian entrant SMP Racing in the GTLM class.

Fellow Brit and AF Corse driver Sam Bird will contest the 24 Hours in the Scuderia Corsa team's Ferrari 488 GT3 alongside reigning GT Daytona class champions Alessandro Balzan and Christina Nielsen and Matteo Cressoni.

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