#1 Andrea Caldarelli | Pescara, Italy | 2/14/1990
Andrea Caldarelli, hailing from Pescara, Italy, enters his second year with K-PAX Racing after bringing valuable car knowledge and skill to the line-up in his debut season. Caldarelli, a Lamborghini Factory driver since 2017, was an addition that gave the team a winning equation, helping the team to a sweep of the championship in 2021. Caldarelli shared the top of the Driver’s Championship, helping the team to nine victories – eight from pole – and 12 podiums. Before making his team debut, Caldarelli aided Lamborghini Squadra Corse to a 2019 title in GT World Challenge Europe, as well as climbed the top-step in the 2020 24 Hours of Daytona.
“I am really happy to do my second year with K-PAX Racing and Jordan [Pepper]. I am glad we can keep competing together and improving and growing every race weekend. We all have one more season of experience, so the preparation work will be much easier than last year, but we are all looking forward to keep working with the same passion as last year.
Coming back to U.S. races is definitely something I am looking forward to. I have enjoyed a lot last year knowing all new tracks for me, and this year we will be more focus on performance and work on new things to try on track that can accelerate the knowledge of the team with the Huracán GT3 EVO.
Every year in racing is a kind of blank slate as new teams, new drivers and new regulations come in, so I always consider every season’s a new season. However, we have got one year of more experience in 2021, so we will start the new season with objectives in our minds that we have to achieve. It is difficult to replicate such a good year as 2021, but I am looking forward to do it again.”
#3 Jordan Pepper | Gauteng, South Africa | 7/31/1996
Jordan Pepper, from Gauteng, South Africa, enters his third season under the K-PAX Racing banner, after helping the team to a championship in 2021. Pepper first joined K-PAX Racing as a part of the team’s expansion into Europe in the 2019 season with Bentley Motorsport. Since 2018, Pepper has collected marquee victories at SRO-hosted events such as Paul Ricard (2018) and the Bathurst 12 Hours in 2020.
Pepper helped the team to a top-10 finish at Nürburgring in 2020. The following season, he helped K-PAX Racing to nine victories and 12 podiums to a GT World Challenge America Drivers’ Championship.
“I’m very excited to continue my relationship with K-PAX Racing into the 2022 season. It will be the third season together with the team, and it’s the second season with Andrea [Caldarelli]. Something drivers would most wish for is to keep that sort of continuity, which will be great when we go out there to defend our title in GT World Challenge America – same car, same drivers and same group of people. That leads to a bit of pressure. We have a target on our backs so it’s going to be an interesting season for us and how we manage it. Knowing who we are, I think we’re going to come out fighting like last year – when we enjoyed an incredible stretch of results. We can only go up, trying to win as many races as possible, and that’s the aim.
Returning to a lot of the [U.S.] tracks will make it a bit easier for us. We know what we’re doing, so we can get going straight-away without having to learn the track – though Andrea and I picked up on each of them super quick last season. Ozarks [International Raceway] I’m sure he’ll pick up in the first few laps, but I love the U.S. tracks and am very excited to get back to the places I’ve loved so much.”
#1 Marco Mapelli | Seregno, Italy I 1/9/1987
Marco Mapelli was recruited to complete a star-studded 24 Hours of Spa line-up in 2022. Mapelli made his team debut during last season’s Indianapolis 8 Hour. The Italian GT racing veteran has been a Lamborghini Factory driver since 2017, and he shared an overall sweep of the 2019 GT World Challenge Championship in both Europe’s Sprint and Endurance Cup series. Mapelli also once set a Nürburgring production lap record in his first year with Lamborghini, piloting a Huracán Performante through the treacherous twisties of the legendary circuit at a time of 6 minutes, 52 seconds.
“I’m really looking forward to race with K-PAX Racing in 2022. IGTC [Intercontinental GT Challenge] is a very demanding championship, but I believe K-PAX with their experience and knowledge can face it in the proper way. I know Andrea (‘The Captain’) very well, as we have shared loads of success and good moments together in the past. I always enjoying driving with him. Jordan [Pepper] is a very fast and reliable driver, so I can’t wait to get it started. Preparation is definitely the key for every race, especially when you’re far away from ‘brickyards.’ Strategy: it’s something very crucial, especially in this Endurance championship.”
#3 Misha Goikhberg | Woodbridge, Ont. | 11/24/1986
Goikhberg brings a wealth of racing experience to K-PAX Racing, making his debut with the team in 2022. He has fostered great success in his career – a class win in the 2016 Rolex 24 at Daytona and an overall victory in the 2018 Sahlen’s Six Hours of The Glen.
“I am very excited to join K-PAX Racing, a team with such a rich history, as well as competing in GT World Challenge, a very strong GT championship. K-PAX Racing is a very strong team, with a very good relationship with Lamborghini, which I am excited to continue.”
#1 | Milano, Italy | 10/22/1994
Beretta makes his team debut after a series appearance in the opening rounds at Sonoma Raceway. He returns to American racing for a full season since completing the 2017 Lamborghini Super Trofeo North America Championship where he placed third. Beretta’s GT racing career first began in 2016 as a Lamborghini GT3 Junior Driver. He has mostly competed in Europe – most recently winning the 2021 Pro Cup category in International GT Open and placing third in Silver Cup for the 2020 SRO Motorsports Group governed GT World Challenge Europe series.
“I feel very honored to have this opportunity to take part in the No. 1 car with K-PAX Racing. I definitely feel the responsibility to defend the title the team achieved last year and keep the car on top.”
24 Hours of Spa 2022