Photo courtesy of NASCAR Whelen Euro Series / Stephane Azemard

Date of Birth: 18 July 1988
Birth Place: Rome, Italy
Team: Racers Motorsport
Debut Season: 2018
Starts: 21
Wins: 1
Podiums: 3
Poles: 0
Fastest Laps: 1

Profile:

Nicholas Risitano, the popular Rome driver, is one of the hottest talents of the Italian karting scene in the early 2000s as he scored victories upon victories in karting, eventually culminating in him becoming the champion of the CIK-FIA European Junior Championship in 2003 after beating talents such as James Calado, Sébastien Buemi, Simona de Silvestro, and the late Jules Bianchi.

Making his full-time racing debut in 2007 in the Formula Azzurra, he immediately scored success as he scored one victory and 5 podium finishes to finish in 5th in his debut season. Unfortunately for the “Nikstar”, funding soon dried out and he was forced to step away from racing after he ran out of funding at the end of the 2008 racing season.

Returning to racing in the 2017 racing season in the Mini Challenge Italy, Risitano made his stock car racing debut in 2018 for Racers Motorsport and secured immediate success when he scored a podium finish in just his second race in the series, eventually finishing his debut season in seventh place with 2 podiums and 9 Top 10 finishes. The Nikstar will be returning to Racers in the No. 8 Italicus / O3 Sanity System Chevrolet Camaro this season with the hopes of becoming a Championship contender and scoring his first victory in the series.

Year-by-Year Statistics:

Season Class Car # Wins Podiums Top 5’s Top 10’s Points Pos.
2019 Elite 2 8 1 1 2 6 226 8th
208 Elite 2 8 0 2 2 9 413 7th

2019 Race-by-Race Statistics:

Race Grid Pos Finish Pos Status Points
Valencia 1 18 27 Running (10)*
Valencia 2 5 1 Running 341
Franciacorta 1 11 7 Running 30
Franciacorta 2 15 16 Running 21
Brands Hatch 1 5 18 Running 19
Brands Hatch 2 3 8 Running 29
Most 1 10 8 Running 29
Most 2 9 4 Running 33
Venray 9 6 Running 31

* Points in brackets are not counted in the championship because of the best 8 out of the first 9 races rule.
1 Risitano received a 6 points penalty in Valencia 2 for infractions committed in Valencia 1

Previous Career Accomplishments:

  • 2004 – Italian Open Masters ICA Runner-Up
  • 2003 – CIK-FIA European Junior Championship Champion
  • 2002 – Italian Cup ICA Junior Champion
  • 2001 – 31° Torneo Industrie – Minikart Champion

Previous Career Accomplishments are courtesy of Driver Database.