Rinaldo Capello

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Rinaldo Capello
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Nationality Italy Italian
Born 17 June 1964 (1964-06-17) (age 50)
Asti, Italy
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating 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 in Asti) is an Italian endurance racing driver.

Career[edit]

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

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.

Capello was on the winning team in both the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2003 and 2004, driving a Bentley Speed 8 and an Audi R8 respectively, and has also finished on the podium on three other occasions.

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

Capello also won the 12 Hours of Sebring in 2002 and 2012. He holds the record of most Petit Le Mans victories, having won in 2000, 2002, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

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

Capello crashed the Audi R10 TDI at the 2007 Le Mans, after losing a rear tire.[2] The Audi nr. 2 was leading the race comfortably at the time, and the crash ended the cars quest for another Le Mans win. However he returned to the race in 2008 to win again.[3]

Rinaldo officially retired from prototype racing on 23/07/2012 after hinting that he may not return to Le Mans in 2013.[4] Audi's statement confirmed that Capello would continue to race in GT3 with the Audi R8 LMS Ultra.

Racing record[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1998 United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff
United Kingdom GTC Competition
Germany Thomas Bscher
Italy Emanuele Pirro
McLaren F1 GTR GT1 228 DNF DNF
1999 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Michele Alboreto
France Laurent Aïello
Audi R8R LMP 346 4th 3rd
2000 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Germany Christian Abt
Italy Michele Alboreto
Audi R8 LMP900 365 3rd 3rd
2001 Germany Audi Sport North America France Laurent Aïello
Italy Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 LMP900 320 2nd 2nd
2002 Germany Audi Sport North America United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Italy Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 LMP900 374 2nd 2nd
2003 United Kingdom Team Bentley Denmark Tom Kristensen
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP 377 1st 1st
2004 Japan Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Japan Seiji Ara
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R8 LMP1 379 1st 1st
2006 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Denmark Tom Kristensen
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 367 3rd 3rd
2007 Germany Audi Sport North America Denmark Tom Kristensen
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 262 DNF DNF
2008 Germany Audi Sport North America Denmark Tom Kristensen
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 381 1st 1st
2009 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Denmark Tom Kristensen
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI LMP1 376 3rd 3rd
2010 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Denmark Tom Kristensen
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 394 3rd 3rd
2011 Germany Audi Sport North America Denmark Tom Kristensen
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R18 TDI LMP1 14 DNF DNF
2012 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 377 2nd 2nd

Complete 12 Hours of Sebring results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1999 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Italy Michele Alboreto
Sweden Stefan Johansson
Audi R8R LMP 310 3rd 3rd
2000 Germany Audi Sport North America Italy Michele Alboreto
United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R8 LMP 360 2nd 2nd
2001 Germany Audi Sport North America Italy Michele Alboreto
France Laurent Aïello
Audi R8 LMP900 370 1st 1st
2002 Germany Audi Sport North America United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
Italy Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 LMP900 346 1st 1st
2003 United Kingdom Team Bentley Denmark Tom Kristensen
United Kingdom Guy Smith
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP 362 4th 2nd
2006 United States Audi Sport North America United Kingdom Allan McNish
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 349 1st 1st
2007 United States Audi Sport North America United Kingdom Allan McNish
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 353 4th 2nd
2008 United States Audi Sport North America United Kingdom Allan McNish
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 351 3rd 1st
2009 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R15 TDI LMP1 383 1st 1st
2011 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 327 4th 4th
2012 Germany Audi Sport Team Joest United Kingdom Allan McNish
Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R18 TDI LMP1 325 1st 1st

Complete DTM results[edit]

(key)

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Points
2004 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC EST ADR LAU NOR SHA1
5
NÜR OSC ZAN BRN HOC NC 0
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
20th 0

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

References[edit]

  1. ^ Capello's official website
  2. ^ H17: Capello crashes, Biela leads
  3. ^ "Audi edges Peugeot in classic Le Mans 24 Hours duel". MaximumMotorsport.co.uk. 2008. Retrieved 2008-06-15. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Dindo Hangs Up Helmet">"Dindo Hangs Up Helmet". Racing-Report.com. 2012. Retrieved 2012-07-23. 

External links[edit]

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