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Formula racingEdit

Valiante began racing in karting where his success earned him a full-season scholarship in the Skip Barber 2.0 Series. In his first season, Valiante was both series champion and rookie of the year. Following this success he moved on the Barber Dodge Pro Series and then to the Toyota Atlantic Championship.

Driving for the Lynx Racing team in 2001, Valiante was able to finish eighth in the series championship despite competing in only five events. His performance impressed Lynx enough to sign him for two more seasons. 2002 was Valiante's best year in the series. He won three races and led the points going into the final round in Denver, only to struggle in the race and lose the championship to Jon Fogarty. Valiante led the series early in 2003. However, his championship hopes were dashed when he missed the fourth round at Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca due to an illness. He went on to finish third in the championship and again scored three victories.

Valiante was set to make his debut in Champ Car at California Speedway in 2003, but the race was cancelled due to wildfires in the area. It was not until a year later that he made his first Champ Car start in Mexico City. His second start came at Portland in 2005 as a one-off drive for Dale Coyne Racing. He was not able to secure a full-time ride in the series due to his lack of financial backing.

Sports car racingEdit

In 2006, Valiante competed full-time with Finlay motorsports in the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series, where he and co-driver Rob Finlay finished ninth in the final standings. In 2008 he switched to SunTrust Racing to partner Max Angelelli in a DP class Dallara Pontiac, winning at Sonoma.

The Canadian joined Michael Shank Racing for the 2009 Rolex Sports Car Series. Driving a Riley Ford with John Pew as co-driver, he collected two podiums and resulted seventh in the DP drivers standings. In 2010 he partnered Brian Frisselle at the Shank team. With a best result of third, he finished ninth in the standings.

In 2012 he alternated between the Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series. He started five Rolex races, winning at Mid-Ohio with teammate Richard Westbrook. In ALMS he competed in five rounds with JDX Racing in the GTC class, collecting three third-place finishes.

The driver returned to Michael Shank Racing for the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series, having John Pew has teammate during most races. He collected two second-place finishes and resulted 15th in the DP standings.

In 2014, Valiante moved to Spirit of Daytona to race at the merged United SportsCar Championship.[1] in the Spirit of Daytona Corvette Daytona Prototype with Richard Westbrook and Mike Rockenfeller.

Motorsports career resultsEdit

Complete American open-wheel racing resultsEdit

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

Barber Dodge Pro SeriesEdit

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1999 SEB
3
NAZ
15
LRP
8
POR
22
CLE
2
ROA DET
18
MDO
4
GRA
5
LS
19
HMS
7
WGI
8
10th 79
2000 SEB
2
MIA
11
NAZ
4
LRP
18
DET
26
CLE
10
MDO
9
ROA
7
VAN
17
LS
6
RAT
1
HMS
6
6th 97

Atlantic ChampionshipEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
2001 Lynx Racing LBH
4
NAZ MIL MTL
2
CLE TOR
6
CHI TRR
4
ROA VAN
2
HOU LS 9th 64
2002 Lynx Racing MTY
4
LBH
1
MIL
7
LS
5
POR
9
CHI
3
TOR
1
CLE
4
TRR
1
ROA
4
MTL
7
DEN
12
2nd 150
2003 Lynx Racing MTY
1
LBH
4
MIL
11
LS
Wth
POR
3
CLE
4
TOR
4
TRR
3
MDO
1
MTL
4
DEN
2
MIA
1
3rd 161

Champ Car World SeriesEdit

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
2004 Walker Racing Reynard 02i Ford XFE V8t LBH MTY MIL POR CLE TOR VAN ROA DEN MTL LS LVS SRF MXC
14
23rd 7
2005 Dale Coyne Racing Lola B02/00 Ford XFE V8t LBH MTY MIL POR
11
CLE TOR EDM SJO DEN MTL LVS SRF MXC 25th 10

24 Hours of Daytona resultsEdit

Year Team Co-drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2005   Ten Motorsports   Memo Gidley
  Michael McDowell
  Jonathan Bomarito
Riley Mk. XI-BMW DP 465 42nd
DNF
19th
DNF
2006   Finlay Motorsports   Rob Finlay
  Bryan Herta
  Buddy Rice
Crawford DP03-Ford DP 684 11th 9th
2007   Finlay Motorsports   Rob Finlay
  Bobby Labonte
  Michael McDowell
Crawford DP03-Ford DP 627 10th
DNF
10th
DNF
2008   SunTrust Racing   Wayne Taylor
  Ricky Taylor
  Max Angelelli
Riley Mk. XI-Pontiac DP 687 5th 5th
2009   Michael Shank Racing   Ian James
  A. J. Allmendinger
  John Pew
Riley Mk. XX-Ford DP 153 47th
DNF
19th
DNF
2010   Michael Shank Racing   A. J. Allmendinger
  Brian Frisselle
  Mark Patterson
Riley Mk. XI-Ford DP 707 7th
DNF
7th
DNF
2011   Michael Shank Racing   John Pew
  Oswaldo Negri
  Marc Goossens
Riley Mk. XX-Ford DP 706 10th 10th
2012   Starworks Motorsport   Marco Andretti
  Ryan Hunter-Reay
  Scott Mayer
Riley Mk. XX-Ford DP 736 10th 10th
2013   Michael Shank Racing   Chris Cumming
  Jorge Goncalvez
  Gustavo Yacamán
Riley Mk. XXVI-Ford DP 508 41st
DNF
13th
DNF
2014   Spirit of Daytona Racing   Richard Westbrook
  Mike Rockenfeller
Coyote Corvette DP P 693 4th 4th
2015   VisitFlorida.com Racing   Richard Westbrook
  Mike Rockenfeller
Coyote Corvette DP P 734 3rd 3rd

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