Rial, a German producer of light alloy wheels and rims, was bought by Günter Schmid, ex-owner of the ATS Wheels company in 1987. Schmid followed the same strategy as he had at ATS, advertising the Rial wheel brand by entering Formula One as a constructor. 1989 was the second and last F1 season for Rial Racing. The new Rial’s car, ARC2, was designed by Stefan Fober and was largely based on the previous year’s car. The team expanded to two drivers in 1989. Number one was German Christian Danner, who replaced Andrea de Cesaris. The second car was given to F1 rookie Volker Weidler. Danner comfortably qualified his ARC2 17th on the grid at the season opening Brazilian Grand Prix and went on to be classified 14th in the race itself despite retiring with gear box issues. Then he finished 12th in Monaco and was sensationally 4th in the United States Grand Prix in Phoenix starting from the last place on the grid. Danner’s three points scored in the United States put Rial Racing to 13th position in the Constructors’ Championship, however after the season, Rial withdrew from Formula 1.
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