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Vicente "Enzo" Potolicchio (born 7 August 1968 in Caracas) is a Venezuelan racing driver and businessman, who competes in the FIA World Endurance Championship and Rolex Sports Car Series for Starworks Motorsport. He won the 2012 24 Hours of Le Mans and 2012 12 Hours of Sebring, both in the LMP2 class.

Enzo Potolicchio
Enzo potolicchio le mans 2012.jpg
Potolicchio in 2012
NationalityVenezuelan
Born (1968-08-07) 7 August 1968 (age 50)
Caracas
FIA World Endurance Championship Rolex Sports Car Series career
Current team8 Star Motorsports
Former teamsHP-Tech Motorsport// Starworks MotorSports // AF Corsa
Previous series
Ferrari Challenge, Formula Ford, Porsche Super Cup
Championship titles
1998, 2001, 2010, 2011,2012Venezuelan Formula Ford 1600, 2000 , Porsche SúperCup , Ferrari Challenge 2010/11
Awards
1998Venezuelan Automobile Driver of the Year/ WEC Rockie of the year 2012. WEC LMP2 Champion 2012

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Early racing careerEdit

Potolicchio spent his early career racing Formula Ford, both at home in Venezuela where he was champion in 2005, and in the American F2000 Championship Series. He also took part in Venezuelan Porsche Super Cup in 1998, which saw him earn 11 victories and the country's Automobile Driver of the Year award.

Ferrari ChallengeEdit

Potolicchio participated in two Ferrari Challenge North America races in 2009, earning a victory and a third-place finish. In 2010 and 2011 he won back-to-back Ferrari Challenge titles.[1]

Rolex Sports Car SeriesEdit

Potolicchio made his Grand-Am debut in 2011, racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series for Starworks Motorsport. He earned his first career victory at Mid-Ohio, teamed with Ryan Dalziel, finishing 13th in the end-of-season Daytona Prototype points standings.

In 2012, Potolicchio finished second overall in the 2012 24 Hours of Daytona, teamed with Ryan Dalziel, Alex Popow, Lucas Luhr and Allan McNish. He has collected four podium finishes in eight races to date.

Leading up to the second race at Watkins Glen, Potolicchio announced he was leaving the Rolex Series, but would continue to support the No. 8 Starworks car in the title challenge.

FIA World Endurance ChampionshipEdit

Together with Starworks, Potolicchio made his FIA World Endurance Championship debut at the 2012 12 Hours of Sebring, where he, Ryan Dalziel and Stéphane Sarrazin finished third overall and first in LMP2. The trio finished 14th in class at the Six Hours of Spa-Francorchamps, punctuated by a mechanical issue.

Potolicchio and teammates Ryan Dalziel and Tom Kimber-Smith won the Le Mans in the LMP2 class. Starworks also won the FIA LMP2 Trophy in the 2012 FIA World Endurance Championship season.

In 2013, Potolicchio announced that he would enter the 2013 FIA WEC season with his newly created team, 8Star Motorsports, competing with one Ferrari 458 Italia GT2.

Complete motorsports resultsEdit

American Open-Wheel racing resultsEdit

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

USF2000 National Championship resultsEdit

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Pos Points
2001 Amores Motorsports  
HMS1
25
 
HMS2
13
 
HMS3
14
 
WGI1
12
 
WGI2
24
 
IRP
 
MDO1
 
MDO2
 
ROA1
 
ROA2
 
MDO3
 
SEB1
 
SEB2
20th 26
2004 Aiken Racing  
SEB1
 
SEB2
 
ATL1
 
ATL2
 
LS1
 
LS2
 
MOS1
 
MOS2
 
MDO1
7
 
MDO2
9
 
SON1
 
SON2
 
MDO3
 
MDO4
 
ROA1
 
ROA2
N.C. N.C.
2005 Cape Motorsports  
ATL1
3
 
ATL2
7
 
MDO1
6
 
MDO2
4
 
CLE1
 
CLE2
 
ROA1
 
ROA2
 
MDO3
 
MDO4
 
VIR1
 
VIR2
12th 72

24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2012   Starworks Motorsport   Ryan Dalziel
  Tom Kimber-Smith
HPD ARX-03b LMP2 354 7th 1st
2013   8 Star Motorsports   Rui Águas
  Jason Bright
Ferrari 458 Italia GTC GTE
Am
294 37th 10th

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "FERRARI-CHALLENGE: Series set to start 12th season under GRAND-AM sanctioning". motorsport.com. 13 March 2012. Retrieved 20 March 2012.

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