Matteo Malucelli will make his return to the wheel of a Ferrari this week following last month’s accident in the Rolex 24 at Daytona that sent the Italian driver to the hospital.
The 29-year-old, who sustained a concussion after his Risi Competizione Ferrari F458 Italia GT was hit from behind by Memo Gidley’s GAINSCO/Bob Stallings Racing Corvette DP, is set to turn laps in Krohn Racing’s GT Le Mans entry at the Sebring Winter Test.
He’ll join team veteran Nic Jonsson at the wheel of the No. 57 Krohn Ferrari for the two-day test, as part of a continued joint effort with Risi, as the Houston-based squad works to build a new car in time for next month’s Twelve Hours of Sebring.
“Krohn Racing is happy to have Matteo joining us for the test, as it’s always good to get a fresh perspective from our cockpit,” Jonsson said. “Matteo obviously knows how to drive Ferraris, and he might be able to give us some pointers and help us get some reference points that I can add to.
“We’re fortunate to have the technical support from Risi Competizione again, as we had for the 24 Hours of Daytona and will continue to have moving forward. It’s always good to share information between two teams. Krohn Racing and Risi Competizione already share a workshop and we work together well.
“I think it’s great that we can run two separate teams but under the same tent, because we can both learn so much from each other. We can have ears and eyes from every perspective. Our engineers, mechanics, and drivers can work together to get a well-balanced and fast car for the race.”
Extensive damage was sustained to the No. 62 Risi Ferrari, which has required a new chassis. The team, however, expects to have its red Prancing Horse back in action in time for the Sebring race and the remainder of the TUDOR Championship season, with Malucelli and Giancarlo Fisichella at the wheel.