Rinaldo Capello

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Rinaldo Capello
RinaldoCAPELLO.jpg
Nationality Italian
Born17 June 1964 (1964-06-17) (age 54)
Asti, Italy
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Years 1998–2004, 2006–2012
Teams GTC Competition, Audi Sport Joest, Team Bentley, Audi Sport Goh
Best finish 1st (2003, 2004, 2008)
Class wins 3 (2003, 2004, 2008)

Rinaldo "Dindo" Capello (born 17 June 1964) is an Italian professional racing driver. He is a three-time winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, with Bentley in 2003 and Audi in 2004 and 2008. Capello is a two-time American Le Mans Series champion, a five-time 12 Hours of Sebring winner, and the record holder for most wins at Petit Le Mans, having won five times. Capello has also raced in the Intercontinental Le Mans Cup, the FIA World Endurance Championship, DTM and the Italian GT Championship.

Italy republic in Southern Europe

Italy, officially the Italian Republic, is a country in Europe. Located in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, Italy shares open land borders with France, Switzerland, Austria, Slovenia and the enclaved microstates San Marino and Vatican City. Italy covers an area of 301,340 km2 (116,350 sq mi) and has a largely temperate seasonal and Mediterranean climate. With around 61 million inhabitants, it is the fourth-most populous EU member state and the most populous country in Southern Europe.

24 Hours of Le Mans sports car race held in France

The 24 Hours of Le Mans is the world's oldest active sports car race in endurance racing, held annually since 1923 near the town of Le Mans, France. It is considered one of the most prestigious automobile races in the world and has been called the "Grand Prix of Endurance and Efficiency". The event represents one leg of the Triple Crown of Motorsport; other events being the Indianapolis 500 and the Monaco Grand Prix.

Bentley automotive brand manufacturer

Bentley Motors Limited is a British manufacturer and marketer of luxury cars and SUVs—and a subsidiary of the Volkswagen Group since 1998.

Contents

Career

Capello driving the Audi R10 TDI at the 2008 1000 km of Silverstone Capello R10.jpg
Capello driving the Audi R10 TDI at the 2008 1000 km of Silverstone

Born in Asti, Capello started his racing career in 1976, driving go-karts, but did not move into single-seaters until 1983, starting in Formula Fiat Abarth. 1990 saw Capello's first major championship victory, winning the Italian Superturismo Championship in a Volkswagen Golf. He won the championship again in 1996, but in an Audi A4 this time. [1]

Asti Comune in Piedmont, Italy

Asti is a city and comune of 76,164 inhabitants (1-1-2017) located in the Piedmont region of northwestern Italy, about 55 kilometres east of Turin in the plain of the Tanaro River. It is the capital of the province of Asti and it is deemed to be the modern capital of Monferrato.

Volkswagen automotive brand manufacturing subsidiary of Volkswagen Group

Volkswagen, shortened to VW, is a German automaker founded on 28 May 1937 by the German Labour Front, and headquartered in Wolfsburg. It is the flagship marque of the Volkswagen Group, the largest automaker by worldwide sales in 2016 and 2017. The group's main market is in China, which delivers 40% of its sales and profits.

Volkswagen Golf small family car manufactured by Volkswagen

The Volkswagen Golf is a compact car produced by the German automotive manufacturer Volkswagen since 1974, marketed worldwide across seven generations, in various body configurations and under various nameplates – such as the Volkswagen Rabbit in the United States and Canada, and as the Volkswagen Caribe in Mexico (Mk1).

1997 saw Capello's first major endurance victory, at Vallelunga, in the Vallelunga 6 Hours, driving a Volkswagen Golf again. Capello was selected for the 2000 Le Mans race by the Audi Sport Joest team, driving the Audi R8 - the team finished in third place.

The 2000 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 68th Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 17 and 18 June 2000.

Capello was one of Audi's six drivers for its first race under Team Joest, the 1999 12 Hours of Sebring. Alongside compatriot Michele Alboreto and Stefan Johansson, they took the first podium for Audi in endurance racing, finishing 3rd in the Audi R8R. Returning to the track in 2000, Capello took 2nd overall, beaten only by the sister Audi R8. Capello would go on to win the race the following two years, in 2001 and 2002. Capello would return a further seven times, both with Bentley and Audi, taking four overall podiums and three wins, in 2006, 2009 and 2012. Capello currently sits second all-time in overall wins at Sebring, with five outright victories. Alongside Tom Kristensen, he is the only Audi driver to have won the race in all four generations of Audi sports prototypes. The R8, R10, R15 and R18.

Audi automotive manufacturing subsidiary of Volkswagen Group

Audi AG is a German automobile manufacturer that designs, engineers, produces, markets and distributes luxury vehicles. Audi is a member of the Volkswagen Group and has its roots at Ingolstadt, Bavaria, Germany. Audi-branded vehicles are produced in nine production facilities worldwide.

12 Hours of Sebring annual sports car endurance race held at Sebring International Raceway, Sebring, Florida, United States

The 12 Hours of Sebring is an annual motorsport endurance race for sports cars held at Sebring International Raceway, on the site of the former Hendricks Army Airfield World War II air base in Sebring, Florida. The event is the second round of the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship and in the past has been a round of the now defunct World Sportscar Championship, IMSA GT Championship and American Le Mans Series. In 2012, the race was the opening event of the FIA World Endurance Championship.

Michele Alboreto Italian racecar driver

Michele Alboreto was an Italian racing driver. He was runner up to Alain Prost in the 1985 Formula One World Championship, as well as winning the 1997 24 Hours of Le Mans and 2001 12 Hours of Sebring sports car races. Alboreto competed in Formula One from 1981 until 1994, racing for a number of teams, including five seasons (1984–88) for Ferrari.

Due to a shift in focus for Team Joest, Capello drove for Team Bentley in 2003. Alongside long-time teammate Kristensen and Englishman Guy Smith, they won the 24 Hours of Le Mans, giving Bentley a first victory at the French circuit in 73 years.

Tom Kristensen (racing driver) racing driver, nine-time Le Mans winner, 2013 World Endurance Drivers Champion

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Guy Smith is a semi-retired British professional racing driver who has competed in various levels of motorsport, most notably the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he won in 2003, and the American Le Mans Series, which he won in 2011.

With the end of the Bentley project, Capello returned to Audi and more specifically to Team Goh for the 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans. Alongside Japanese driver Seiji Ara and Tom Kristensen, Capello would once again stand atop the podium as the trio beat the fellow R8's of UK Team Veloqx and Champion Racing, marking the third time in five years that Audi had finished 1-2-3 at Le Mans.

Team Goh

Team Goh Motorsports is a Japanese auto racing team founded by Kazumichi Goh in 1996. Initially competing in the All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC), Team Goh won the 1996 championship with a McLaren F1 GTR and drivers John Nielsen and David Brabham. The team next set its sights on the 24 Hours of Le Mans, initially entering the McLaren in 1997, then a former works BMW V12 LM in 1999, and a pair of Panoz LMP-1s in 2000.

The 2004 24 Hours of Le Mans was the 72nd Grand Prix of Endurance, and took place on 12 and 13 June 2004.

Seiji Ara Japanese racing driver

Seiji Ara is a race car driver.

Capello would not return to Le Mans until 2006, where he finished 3rd overall in the new R10 TDI. In 2007, the trio led the race for an extended period, but an issue with the steering wheel in the 17th hour of the race saw Capello lose control on the run down to Indianapolis, and he hit the barriers, ending their race.

2008 saw Audi return to the French classic as underdogs, due to increased competition from natives Peugeot. Heading into the race, the fastest Audi in qualifying was over five seconds slower than the pole-setting Peugeot. The first half of the race was dominated by the Peugeot trio, with the 'Lion' consistently lapping over three seconds faster than the Audi's. However, a drastic change in weather conditions and the onset of rain in the second half of the race swung the momentum in favour of Audi, and a clever pit stop/tire strategy for Audi meant the no.2 R10 would go on to take a famous victory for the German manufacturer, and a third and final win for Capello. The 2008 race is documented in the film Truth in 24.

Capello also won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2002 and 2012. He holds the record of most Petit Le Mans victories, with five in total, having won in 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008, all of these victories coming for the Audi Sport North America and Team Joest squads.

Capello was vice-champion of the 2000 American Le Mans Series, winning 6 races. In both 2006 and 2007 Capello finished as champion alongside Britain's Allan McNish in the Audi Sport North America run R10.

Capello officially retired from prototype racing in 2012, while leading the FIA World Endurance Championship after hinting that he may not return to Le Mans in 2013. [2] Audi's statement confirmed that Capello would continue to race in GT3 with the Audi R8 LMS Ultra.

Racing record

Career summary

Series/EventYearsRacesWinsPodiumsBest season result
Open Wheel Racing
Formula 3 Monaco Grand Prix 1987-1988200
Italian Formula Three Championship 1985-199049154th place (1988)
Endurance Racing
FIA World Endurance Championship 20123135th place (2012)
Intercontinental Le Mans Cup 2011401-
24 Hours of Le Mans 1998-2012143111st overall (2003, 2004, 2008)
12 Hours of Sebring 1999-2012116101st overall (2001, 2002, 2006, 2009, 2012)
Le Mans Endurance Series 2004-20118173rd place (2010)
American Le Mans Series 1999-2011663655LMP1 Champion (2006, 2007)
GT
Porsche Supercup 1993-20032+01-
Italian GT Championship 2009-2015846283rd place (2010)
Porsche Carrera Cup Germany 199251112th (1992)
Touring Cars
World Touring Car Championship 199520011th place (1995)
Deutsche Tourenwagen Masters 2004-2005120020th place (2005)
Super Tourenwagen Cup 1994-199511017th place (1994)
Superstars Championship Italy 2006-200730111th place (2007)
Italian Superturismo Championship 1991-199811014501st place (1996)

Complete Italian Touring Car Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearTeamCarClass1234567891011121314151617181920DCPts
1992 Bora Racing Team Alfa Romeo 75 Turbo Evolution S1 MNZ
1
MNZ
2
MAG
1
MAG
2
MUG
1

Ret
MUG
2

10
BIN
1
BIN
2
VAL
1
VAL
2
IMO
1
IMO
2
MIS
1
MIS
2
PER
1
PER
2
VAR
1
VAR
2
MNZ
1
MNZ
2
30th1
1993 Audi Sport Europa Volkswagen Vento MNZ
1

Ret
MNZ
2

Ret
VAL
1

15
VAL
2

Ret
MIS
1
MIS
2
MAG
1

14
MAG
2

Ret
BIN
1

11
BIN
2

Ret
IMO
1

17
IMO
2

Ret
VAR
1

Ret
VAR
2

14
MIS
1

14
MIS
2

13
PER
1

12
PER
2

Ret
MUG
1

DNS
MUG
2

DNS
NC0
1994 Audi Sport Italia Audi 80 Quattro MNZ
1

3
MNZ
2

3
VAL
1

Ret
VAL
2

2
MAG
1

2
MAG
2

DNS
BIN
1

Ret
BIN
2

Ret
MIS
1

9
MIS
2

15
VAL
1

3
VAL
2

3
MUG
1

8
MUG
2

5
PER
1

7
PER
2

3
VAR
1

3
VAR
2

Ret
MUG
1

3
MUG
2

1
5th141
1995 Audi Sport Italia Audi A4 Quattro MIS
1

3
MIS
2

2
BIN
1

2
BIN
2

2
MNZ
1

4
MNZ
2

3
IMO
1

2
IMO
2

2
MAG
1

2
MAG
2

1
MUG
1

Ret
MUG
2

6
MIS
1

2
MIS
2

3
PER
1

3
PER
2

5
VAR
1

1
VAR
2

3
VAL
1

4
VAL
2

1
2nd253
1996 Audi Sport Italia Audi A4 Quattro MUG
1

5
MUG
2

4
MAG
1

1
MAG
2

1
MNZ
1

1
MNZ
2

1
BIN
1

1
BIN
2

1
MIS
1

3
MIS
2

4
IMO
1

1
IMO
2

2
PER
1

DSQ
PER
2

3
PER
1

4
PER
2

4
VAR
1

3
VAR
2

3
VAL
1

2
VAL
2

3
1st250
1997 Audi Sport Italia Audi A4 Quattro MNZ
1

2
MNZ
2

12
MUG
1

Ret
MUG
2

12
MAG
1

5
MAG
2

3
IMO
1

4
IMO
2

2
IMO
1

4
IMO
2

3
BIN
1

2
BIN
2

1
PER
1

5
PER
2

8
VAR
1

1
VAR
2

1
MIS
1

6
MIS
2

Ret
VAL
1

6
VAL
2

4
3rd190
1998 Audi Sport Italia Audi A4 BIN
1

6
BIN
2

4
IMO
1

6
IMO
2

5
MNZ
1

2
MNZ
2

3
VAR
1

6
VAR
2

5
VAL
1

5
VAL
2

2
MAG
1

Ret
MAG
2

4
PER
1

5
PER
2

4
MIS
1

7
MIS
2

Ret
MNZ
1

6
MNZ
2

Ret
VAL
1

4
VAL
2

Ret
5th215

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1998 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Gulf Team Davidoff
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg GTC Competition
Flag of Germany.svg Thomas Bscher
Flag of Italy.svg Emanuele Pirro
McLaren F1 GTR GT1228DNFDNF
1999 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Italy.svg Michele Alboreto
Flag of France.svg Laurent Aïello
Audi R8R LMP3464th3rd
2000 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Germany.svg Christian Abt
Flag of Italy.svg Michele Alboreto
Audi R8 LMP9003653rd3rd
2001 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of France.svg Laurent Aïello
Flag of Italy.svg Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 LMP9003202nd2nd
2002 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Johnny Herbert
Flag of Italy.svg Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 LMP9003742nd2nd
2003 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Team Bentley Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Guy Smith
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP3771st1st
2004 Flag of Japan.svg Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Flag of Japan.svg Seiji Ara
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Audi R8 LMP13791st1st
2006 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP13673rd3rd
2007 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1262DNFDNF
2008 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP13811st1st
2009 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI LMP13763rd3rd
2010 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP13943rd3rd
2011 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R18 TDI LMP114DNFDNF
2012 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP13772nd2nd

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
1999 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Italy.svg Michele Alboreto
Flag of Sweden.svg Stefan Johansson
Audi R8R LMP3103rd3rd
2000 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of Italy.svg Michele Alboreto
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R8 LMP3602nd2nd
2001 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of Italy.svg Michele Alboreto
Flag of France.svg Laurent Aïello
Audi R8 LMP9003701st1st
2002 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Johnny Herbert
Flag of Italy.svg Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 LMP9003461st1st
2003 Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Team Bentley Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Guy Smith
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP3624th2nd
2006 Flag of the United States.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Audi R10 TDI LMP13491st1st
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Audi R10 TDI LMP13534th2nd
2008 Flag of the United States.svg Audi Sport North America Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Audi R10 TDI LMP13513rd1st
2009 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Audi R15 TDI LMP13831st1st
2011 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP13274th4th
2012 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Audi R18 TDI LMP13251st1st

Complete Petit Le Mans results

YearTeamCo-DriversCarClassLapsPos.Class
Pos.
2000 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America
Flag of Italy.svg Michele Alboreto
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R8 LMP3941st1st
2001 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen Audi R8 LMP26DNFDNF
2002 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport North America
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Audi R8 LMP3941st1st
2006 Flag of the United States.svg Audi Sport North America
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish Audi R10 TDI LMP13941st1st
2007 Flag of the United States.svg Audi Sport North America
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish Audi R10 TDI LMP13941st1st
2008 Flag of the United States.svg Audi Sport North America
Flag of Italy.svg Emanuele Pirro
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP13941st1st
2009 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish Audi R15 TDI LMP11843rd3rd
2010 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI Plus LMP13923rd3rd
2011 Flag of Germany.svg Audi Sport Team Joest
Flag of Denmark.svg Tom Kristensen
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg Allan McNish
Audi R18 TDI LMP1302DNFDNF

Complete DTM results

(key)

YearTeamCar1234567891011PosPoints
2004 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC EST ADR LAU NOR SHA
51
NÜR OSC ZAN BRN HOC NC0
2005 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC
Ret
LAU
11
SPA
13
BRN
10
OSC
10
NOR
Ret
NÜR
19
ZAN
Ret
LAU
11
IST
Ret
HOC
16
20th0

1 - A non-championship one-off race was held in 2004 at the streets of Shanghai, China.

Complete FIA World Endurance Championship results

YearEntrantClassChassisEngine12345678RankPoints
2012 Audi Sport Team Joest LMP1 Audi R18 e-tron quattro Audi TDI 3.7L Turbo V6
(Hybrid Diesel)
SEB
1
SPA
3
LMS
2
SIL SÃO BHR FUJ SHA 5th77

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Apex Motorsport, formerly known as Audi Sport UK, was a British auto racing team founded in 1996 by former racing driver Richard Lloyd in partnership with the Volkswagen Group. Formed to bring Audi into the British Touring Car Championship, the team won the teams and manufacturers titles in their debut season, as well as the drivers championship for German Frank Biela with eight victories over the course of the season. Biela and Audi Sport UK finished the 1997 season in second for all three championships before the series banned the four-wheel drive systems that Audi utilized, forcing the team to redevelop a new car for 1998. The 1998 BTCC campaign was winless, and Audi Sport UK left the series at the end of the season to concentrate on sports car racing.

References

  1. Capello's official website
  2. "Dindo Hangs Up Helmet"> "Dindo Hangs Up Helmet". Racing-Report.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-23.
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Emanuele Pirro
Italian Touring Car Champion
1996
Succeeded by
Emanuele Naspetti
Preceded by
Frank Biela
Tom Kristensen
Emanuele Pirro
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2003 with:
Tom Kristensen
Guy Smith
Succeeded by
Seiji Ara
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Preceded by
Tom Kristensen
Rinaldo Capello
Guy Smith
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2004 with:
Seiji Ara
Tom Kristensen
Succeeded by
J.J. Lehto
Marco Werner
Tom Kristensen
Preceded by
Frank Biela
Emanuele Pirro
American Le Mans Series champion
2006-2007
with Allan McNish
Succeeded by
Lucas Luhr
Marco Werner
Preceded by
Frank Biela
Emanuele Pirro
Marco Werner
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
2008 with:
Allan McNish
Tom Kristensen
Succeeded by
David Brabham
Marc Gené
Alexander Wurz