Five-time Le Mans winner Emanuele Pirro has been named as Grand Marshal for the 88th edition of the 24 Hours of Le Mans next weekend.
The Italian established a career in the likes of Formula 1, touring cars, and most notably in endurance racing.
This year marks 20 years since the beginning of his successful commitments for the Audi Sport Team Joest team, as he accumulated five wins (2000, 2001, 2002, 2006, 2007) alongside fellow Le Mans icons like Tom Kristensen, Allan McNish, and more.
His final Le Mans 24H entry was in 2010 for the Drayson Racing team in a Lola-Judd LMP1, who retired from the race, but is part of the FIA Hall of Fame for his success in sports-cars.
His role as Grand Marshal at this year’s 24 Hours of Le Mans, given to those with multiple Le Mans wins, will see him in the lead car to escort the field of 60 cars on their parade lap and begin the 24-hour race.
Pirro himself said: “I’m delighted to be back at Le Mans in this role.
“It will be great to be back on the circuit, to test the new Porsche Curves.
“It used to be a key spot; you could lose a lot of time if you weren’t careful.
“I’m looking forward to going through there as leader of the pack.”
Pierre Fillon, President of the Automobile Club de l’Ouest (ACO) gave his thoughts: “The role of Grand Marshal is traditionally fulfilled by a Le Mans winner, a driver who epitomises this race and this discipline.
“Emanuele Pirro is a perfect representative.
“He has won Le Mans five times, finished in the top three 10 times, and above all he is a shining light, a true leader.
“The 2020 field should be thrilled to be led out by a Grand Marshal who has put so much energy into racing and always defended drivers.”