American Le Mans Series (ALMS) stars Risi Competizione will be experiencing a complete change of pace as they hit the streets of Baltimore.
The Ferrari 458 GT2 will be going from the flowing turns of Wisconsin and Road America to the tight streets of Maryland where the concrete walls loom large in the drivers eyes.
The team have said that the 12 turn circuit is one of the hardest to pass traffic round – prototypes are said to have the same low levels of aerodynamic grip that the GT cars have, especially if those prototypes have Gentleman drivers behinds the wheel – amateur drivers are generally a lot more fearful of making a mistake and hitting the walls.
Risi are also at a disadvantage set up wise – having skipped 2012, the team raced solely in the inaugural running meaning they do not have the same reams of data held by teams like Corvette which have competed in every race at Baltimore.
With IndyCar sharing the track time, alongside Prototype Lights and the Porsche GT3 Cup, the team are hoping that the track will have rubbered in sufficiently enough to provide enough grip in the two hour race.
The Ferrari team already have their main rivals declared for the race win – multiple race winners Team Falken Tire – the Porsche makes good use of Falken’s soft street tyres as well as the Porsche’s rear end weight distribution.
Risi are also keeping half an eye on Corvette who have had strong pace at every round this year and will more than likely keep that pace going, just like BMW who’s Z4 GTE won at Long Beach earlier in the year.
In the UK the race is live on Motors TV and available to stream online on alms.com.