Nereo Lori, a motor racing enthusiast and Greenwich resident, died of lung cancer at Stamford Hospital on Oct. 21. He was 80.
The Italian native had enjoyed a passion for racing since he was a young boy. He was recruited to work for Ferrari, a luxury car manufacturer in Maranello, Italy, and worked closely with Enzo Ferrari during practices. He was then enlisted by Luigi Chinetti to run Ferrari's main distributor in the U.S., Chinetti's North American Racing Team. Lori worked his way up to finest Ferrari master technician and was known for the way he tuned a car: with a stethoscope.
He worked endurance races such as Daytona, 12 hours of Sebring, 24 hours of Le Mans and Buenos Aires. Lori was able to work with some of the greatest drivers of his time, including Mario Andretti, Jackie Stewart, Pedro Rodriguez and Paul Newman.
Lori is survived by his wife, Piera; son, Massimo; and granddaughter, Isabella. A Mass of Christian burial was celebrated Oct. 26 at St. Mary Church. Memorial donations can be made in Lori's name to the American Lung Association, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave., NW, Suite 800, Washington, DC 20004.
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