Former Formula One driver Vitantonio Liuzzi is facing the unlikely prospect of having actress Pamela Anderson as his new boss in a new endurance racing team that is to compete in the FIA GT Series.
The Italian driver, who competed for Red Bull Racing, Toro Rosso, Force India and the Hispania Racing Team in F1 between 2005 and 2010, will partner Mathias Lauda, the son of three-time F1 world champion Niki Lauda, in the team, which is named Racealliance by Pamela Anderson.
Anderson’s official title is team principal, though Tuesday’s announcement was unclear on what her direct role in the day-to-day operation of the team, who are to be based in Germany, will be.
The team, who will run a Ferrari 458 Italia car, which Liuzzi and Lauda will share, will initially enter the final three rounds of the FIA GT series, but reportedly Anderson, who is running the team with Markus Fux, a part-time GT driver, have higher aspirations in the world of motorsport.
A spokesman for the team told Autosport: “We want to make Racealliance a recognisable name and have looked for the best drivers possible.
“The plan is to contest the full FIA GT Series next year, as well as the Nurburgring 24 Hours, and then look to Nascar after that.”
The next round of the series, where the team will make its bow, is on Sunday in Slovakia in Orechova Poton.
The remaining two rounds are in Los Arcos in Spain on September 29 and then in Baku, Azerbaijan, on October 20.
– With agencies