Max Angelelli

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Max Angelelli
Angelelli at the New Jersey Motorsports Park in 2008
Born (1966-12-15) 15 December 1966 (age 50)
Bologna, Italy
Nationality  Italian
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1994, 1999–2002
Best finish 9th (2002)
2011 Daytona Prototype with Ricky Taylor

Massimiliano Angelelli (born 15 December 1966) is an Italian racecar driver. He won the 2005 24 Hours of Daytona and the 2001 Six Hours at the Glen. Also he was the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series champion in 2005 and 2013, as well as runner-up in 2010 and 2011.


His career began in Italian Formula Alfa Boxer in 1987 and continued for 15 years. His only championship win was the 1992 Italian Formula Three title. Following that win he also raced German Formula Three (1993–1995), Macau Grand Prix for Formula 3 (1996), FIA GT Championship (1997–1998) and American Le Mans Series (1999–2002).

Angelelli is nicknamed the Axe because he has a knack of closing up and "chopping" off seconds behind the leader quickly in a race to set himself up to make a clean pass for the win.

Angelelli had a banner year in 2005. Angelelli and teammate Wayne Taylor won the 24 Hours of Daytona and captured the 2005 Grand American Daytona Prototype championship.

Angelelli was selected to run in the 2006 IROC series in America, along with teammate Wayne Taylor, becoming the first tandem in IROC history.

Angelelli is also known for being the safety car driver in the 1994 San Marino Grand Prix. Ayrton Senna followed Angelelli's safety car for 5 laps before his fatal accident.

For the past several years, Angelelli has driven for the Wayne Taylor Sun Trust Racing Team in the Daytona Prototype class of the Grand Am Racing Series, a class that requires two drivers per car. He has teamed up with Ricky Taylor, the son of team owner Wayne Taylor.

For 2013 Angelelli was again with Wayne Taylor Racing/Velocity Worldwide but Taylor's son Ricky had left to pursue another driving opportunity. This left a driver vacancy on the team which was quickly filled by Taylor's younger son Jordan. Together Jordan and Angelelli made a potent combination and won the final Grand-Am Driver's Title, narrowly beating Scott Pruett and Memo Rojas who had won the championship 4 of the previous 5 years.

Motorsports career results[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
1994 Sweden Strandell
Germany Obermaier Racing
Sweden Anders Olofsson
Switzerland Sandro Angelastro
Ferrari F40 GT1 51 DNF DNF
1999 United States Panoz Motorsports United States Johnny O'Connell
Denmark Jan Magnussen
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S LMP 323 11th 9th
2000 United States Team Cadillac South Africa Wayne Taylor
Belgium Eric van de Poele
Cadillac Northstar LMP LMP900 287 22nd 12th
2001 France DAMS South Africa Wayne Taylor
France Christophe Tinseau
Cadillac Northstar LMP01 LMP900 270 15th 5th
2002 United States Team Cadillac South Africa Wayne Taylor
France Christophe Tinseau
Cadillac Northstar LMP02 LMP900 345 9th 8th

International Race of Champions[edit]

(key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

1 Ride shared with Wayne Taylor

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Giambattista Busi
Italian Formula Three Champion
Succeeded by
Christian Pescatori
Preceded by
Philipp Peter
Austria Formula 3 Cup champion
Succeeded by
Alexander Wurz
Preceded by
Max Papis
Scott Pruett
Rolex Sports Car Series DP Champion
2005 with:
Wayne Taylor
Succeeded by
Jörg Bergmeister
Preceded by
Memo Rojas
Scott Pruett
Rolex Sports Car Series DP Champion
2013 with:
Jordan Taylor
Succeeded by
João Barbosa
Christian Fittipaldi
United SportsCar Championship Prototype