May 28, 2001

Pescatori Completes Audi Driver Line-up for Le Mans

Immediate Release May 28, 2001 Pescatori Completes Audi Driver Line-up for Le Mans Auburn Hills, Mich, -- Audi has completed its driver line-up for the Le Mans 24 Hour race on June 16 and 17. The 29-year-old Italian Christian Pescatori will share the cockpit of the number two Infineon Audi R8 with Laurent Aiello and Rinaldo Capello. Pescatori takes over the place of his compatriot Michele Alboreto who was fatally injured during testing in April.

Last year´s winners Frank Biela, Tom Kristensen and Emanuele Pirro will drive the number one Infineon Audi R8.

Christian Pescatori
Nationality: Italian
Date of Birth: December 1, 1971
Profession: Professional Driver
Marital Status: Married
Children: Two
Hobbies: Skiing, Video Games

Racing History:
2000 - SportsRacing World Cup Champion with JMB Giesse Ferrari (5 wins at Barcelona, Brno, Donington, Magny Cours and Nurburgring)
1999 - 2nd in SportsRacing World Cup Drivers Championship with BMS Scuderia Italia
1998 - Italian SuperTouring Championship - 6 wins & 5 pole positions
1997 - FIA GT and 24H Le Mans (Porsche GT1)
'94 - '96 - F3000
1993 - Italian F3 Champion
1987 - Italian Champion Go-Kart 100cc - 3rd Place Junior World Championship

Christian is one of the most popular figures in the pit lane as well as one of the fastest and the diminutive Italian capped his two year World Cup career recently by taking the title with team mate David Terrien and the crack JMB Giesse Ferrari team. It was his first championship success since 1993 when he took the Italian Formula Three title, beating the likes of Max Angelelli and Giancarlo Fisichella.

Widely touted as one of Italy's biggest racing hopes, Christian then embarked on a three year Formula 3000 career that saw him sometimes shaking up the well established teams with his Reynard that was run by the under financed Durango team. Despite points finishes and some superb qualifying performances, Christian turned his attentions to sportscars and in particular the Le Mans 24 Hours that he competed in for the first time in 1996 at the wheel of a Scuderia Italia Porsche GT1.

More outings in the BPR GT series followed and then in 1998 he switched to the Italian Touring Car series winning more races as he did so.A year later and he was back in sportscars with a Ferrari 333SP run by former team BMS Scuderia Italia. The combination of 'Pesca' the ex F1 team and team mate Emmanuele Moncini brought success at Enna Pergusa and the title was only lost at the final round.

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