Sports car notes: Emerson Fittipaldi to return to racing in Brazil, and more


Couple quick news and notes from the world of sports car racing:

Two-time Formula One World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi will make his racing comeback in the FIA World Endurance Championship season finale at Sao Paulo next weekend. The Brazilian last raced in 2008; his last full season of competition came in the CART championship in 1996.

He’ll be in the No. 61 AF Corse Ferrari F458 Italia in the GTE-Am class with co-drivers Jeff Segal and Alessandro Pier Guidi. Fittipaldi, at 67, is now an FIA Bronze-rated driver.

“It’s a great honor to have a great champion like Fittipaldi driving for our team,” said Amato Ferrari, team principal, via the Ferrari Corse Clienti website. “Emerson was one of my heroes when I was young and so it’s a pleasure to have him with us in the Sao Paulo race. It will thus see his dream of driving for Ferrari realized. He is very motivated and I’m sure he will do a good job.”

Pirelli World Challenge has a new director of competition. Former Audi Sport customer racing chief engineer Marcus Haselgrove, a veteran of Champion Audi among other programs, will replace Geoff Carter in that series’ role. It’s part of a wider technical staff and personnel enhancement to come, with a series technical manager and operations manager for the TC classes to be named later.

“I am very excited to represent Pirelli World Challenge’s competitions department in this new chapter. The growth of the Series has a lot to do with the way they embrace manufacturers,” Haselgrove said in a release.

Also PWC-related, Kelly Moss Motorsports has announced three cars for the new GT Cup class. Colin Thompson, who won the IMSA Porsche GT3 USA championship this season, is the first confirmed driver.