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Template:Infobox Le Mans driver Rinaldo "Dindo" Capello (born 17 June 1964 in Asti, Italy) is an Italian endurance racing driver.

CareerEdit

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 R10

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 recordEdit

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1998 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Gulf Team Davidoff
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom GTC Competition
Flag of Germany Thomas Bscher
22px-Flag of Italy Emanuele Pirro
McLaren F1 GTR GT1 228 DNF DNF
1999 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto
22px-Flag of France Laurent Aïello
Audi R8R LMP 346 4th 3rd
2000 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest Flag of Germany Christian Abt
22px-Flag of Italy Michele Alboreto
Audi R8 LMP900 365 3rd 3rd
2001 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America 22px-Flag of France Laurent Aïello
22px-Flag of Italy Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 LMP900 320 2nd 2nd
2002 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Johnny Herbert
22px-Flag of Italy Christian Pescatori
Audi R8 LMP900 374 2nd 2nd
2003 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Team Bentley 22px-Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Guy Smith
Bentley Speed 8 LMGTP 377 1st 1st
2004 Flag-of-japansmall Audi Sport Japan Team Goh Flag-of-japansmall Seiji Ara
22px-Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R8 LMP1 379 1st 1st
2006 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 22px-Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 367 3rd 3rd
2007 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America 22px-Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 262 DNF DNF
2008 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America 22px-Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R10 TDI LMP1 381 1st 1st
2009 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 22px-Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI LMP1 376 3rd 3rd
2010 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 22px-Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R15 TDI plus LMP1 394 3rd 3rd
2011 Flag of Germany Audi Sport North America 22px-Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
Audi R18 TDI LMP1 14 DNF DNF
2012 Flag of Germany Audi Sport Team Joest 22px-Flag of the United Kingdom Allan McNish
22px-Flag of Denmark Tom Kristensen
Audi R18 e-tron quattro LMP1 377 2nd 2nd

Complete DTM resultsEdit

(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 HOC1 EST ADR LAU NOR SHA1
5
NÜR OSC ZAN BRN HOC2 NC
2005 Audi Sport Team Joest Audi A4 DTM 2004 HOC1
Ret
LAU1
11
SPA
13
BRN
10
OSC
10
NOR
Ret
NÜR
19
ZAN
Ret
LAU2
11
IST
Ret
HOC2
16
20th 0

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


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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

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