Vicente 'Enzo' Potolicchio
- August 07, 1968
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Vicente 'Enzo' Potolicchio is a businessman and racing driver from Venezuela who scored some notable success in sports car racing, including LMP2 class victories at 24 Hours of Le Mans and 12 Hours of Sebring, both in 2012 with Starworks Motorsport. In 2013, Potolicchio was second in the FIA WEC Trophy for LMGTE Am drivers with 8Star Motorsports' Ferrari.
In recent years, he mostly competes in the Ferrari Challenge competitions.
Born in August 1968 in the Venezuelan capital Caracas, Vicente Potolicchio gained some success in different racing competitions in the late 1990s and early 2000s, scoring many victories in the Venezuelan Porsche Supercup or Venezuelan Formula Ford.
He competed also in the North American Formula Ford but the greatest success of his early career came in 2005 when he was Venezuelan Formula Ford 2000 champion.
Potolicchio was out of racing for several years, returning to a cockpit of a race car in 2009, competing occasionally in the Ferrari Challenge North America. In 2010, he won the North American Ferrari Challenge competition and then repeated the triumph in 2011 in a new Ferrari 458 Challenge.
In 2011, Potolicchio also made a debut in the Grand-Am Rolex Series, driving Riley-Ford prototypes for Starworks Motorsport. His co-driver for most of the season was his compatriot Alex Popow but Potolicchio scored his only victory sharing a car with Ryan Dalziel at Mid-Ohio.
In 2012, his only second season in prototype racing, Enzo Potolicchio achieved fantastic results. He opened the season with second place at Daytona 24 Hours, sharing the #8 Starworks Motorsport Riley-Ford with Alex Popow, Ryan Dalziel, Lucas Luhr and Allan McNish. Later in the Grand-Am Rolex Series season, he added three more podiums.
In the same time, Starworks Motorsport entered the revived FIA World Endurance Championship with #44 HPD ARX-03b LMP2 prototype. In the first race of the season, they were third overall and first in LMP2 class at Sebring 12 Hours. Enzo's co-drivers were Stephane Sarrazin and Ryan Dalziel. In June, the #44 crew triumphed in LMP2 class at Le Mans 24 Hours. Potolicchio and Dalziel were sharing a car with Tom Kimber-Smith.
One more victory followed in Sao Paulo and Enzo finished 9th in the final FIA WEC drivers' standings while the team won LMP2 Trophy.
For the 2013 FIA WEC season, Enzo joined 8Star Motorsports to drive the #81 Ferrari 458 Italia GT2 in the GTE Am class. His full-time partner was Rui Aguas while the third driver's seat was occupied by four different drivers. They won at Spa and Shanghai, finishing second in the final classification of the FIA Endurance Trophy for GTE Am drivers, losing a title by just one point to Aston Martin Racing's Stuart Hall and Jamie Campbell-Walter.
Parallel to his FIA WEC commitments, Enzo raced with 8Star Motorsports in the Rolex Series with Corvette DP and in the Prototype Lites Championship with Elan DP02-Mazda. His best result was the second place at Watkins Glen 6 Hours, together with Stephane Sarrazin and Michael Valiante in the #3 Chevrolet Corvette DP.
In 2014, Potolicchio stayed with 8Star Motorsports for the full season in the IMSA Prototype Lites Championship but also recorded two starts in the FIA WEC and one start in the IMSA United SportsCar Championship.
In 2015, his main competition was Blancpain Endurance Series with AF Corse. He was driving the #53 Ferrari 458 GT3 for AF Corse in four rounds, including Spa 24 Hours, but without notable results. In the IMSA Championship, he raced with AF Corse at Sebring 12 Hours.
In 2016, Potolicchio returned full-time to prototype racing, joining French team Graff in the LMP3 class of the European Le Mans Series. He was sharing the #10 Ligier JS P3-Nissan with Sean Rayhall and John Falb. In six races, their best result was 11th place at Estoril.
From 2017, Potolicchio moved his focus again to Ferrari Challenge North America, in which he gained great success earlier in a career.
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