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Christian Fittipaldi

Christian Fittipaldi
In 2006, as a Stock Car Brasil driver
Born (1971-01-18) 18 January 1971
São Paulo, Brazil
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Brazilian
Active years 19921994
Teams Minardi, Footwork
Races 43 (40 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 12
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1992 South African Grand Prix
Last race 1994 Australian Grand Prix
Christian Fittipaldi
CART World Series
Years active 19952002
Teams Walker Racing
Newman/Haas Racing
Starts 135
Wins 2
Poles 1
Best finish 5th in 1996 & 2002
Christian Fittipaldi
Born (1971-01-18) January 18, 1971
São Paulo, Brazil
Awards 1991 Formula 3000 champion
1995 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of The Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series career
16 races run over 2 years
Best finish 44th - 2003 (Winston Cup)
First race 2002 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil (Phoenix)
Last race 2003 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte)

Christian Fittipaldi (born January 18, 1971 in São Paulo, Brazil) is a Brazilian racing driver who has competed in various forms of motorsport including Formula One, Champ Car and NASCAR. Named after the less known Brazilian driver Christian "Bino" Heinz (killed at Le Mans in 1963), he was a highly rated young racing driver in the early 1990s, and participated in 43 Formula One Grand Prix for Minardi and Footwork between 1992 and 1994.

Fittipaldi was fifth in the CART series in 1996 and 2002, earning two wins and a second place in the 1995 Indianapolis 500. He has also had success racing sports prototypes, winning the 24 Hours of Daytona of 2004 and 2014, the 2013 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, and a seventh place in the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series season.

He is the son of former Grand Prix driver and team owner Wilson Fittipaldi, and the nephew of two-time Formula One Champion and Indianapolis 500 winner Emerson Fittipaldi.

Early years

Fittipaldi was second in the Brazilian Formula Ford in 1988. After finishing third in the South American Formula 3 in 1989, in 1990 he won the title in the Formula 3 Sudamericana and the fourth place in the British Formula 3.

In 1991, the Brazilian was installed in Europe to compete in the Formula 3000, where he captured two wins and seven podiums in ten races to obtain the championship against Alessandro Zanardi. Later, he was third in the Macau Grand Prix of Formula 3.

Formula One

The jump to Formula 1 gave it with Minardi, one of the most modest of the grid in the 1993 season. That year he managed to score a total of five points in the drivers' championship, but the team decided to do without it when there were two races to dispute. The following season he competed in the Footwork team and earned two fourth places, adding to a total of six points in the championship. At the end of this season Fittipaldi decided to try his luck in the competitions of the United States.

CART

Competing mainly in CART, Fittipaldi was a slow starter, noted for his consistency rather than his outright pace, although by the time he won his first CART event at Road America in 1999, he was a championship contender due to his consistent finishing, among which was a second place in the 1995 Indianapolis 500, which earned him Rookie of the Year honors in the race. However, just as Fittipaldi's American career looked to be taking off, he incurred the first of the two broken legs he suffered while racing in CART at the Surfer's Paradise race in 1997. Although he was able to return both times and win further races, he never regained a consistent form, and never won a CART championship.

NASCAR

With his Champcar career on hold, Fittipaldi shifted his focus to NASCAR. He made 3 appearances in the Busch Series during 2001 and 2002. Although he wasn't impressive in those races, he caught the eye of Richard Petty, and he was signed to Petty Enterprises near the end of 2002 and made his Winston Cup debut at Phoenix. In 2003, Christian made his first Daytona 500 start, in a one-race deal with Andy Petree, then made a handful of appearances for Petty in ARCA. In the summer of 2003, Fittipaldi became the driver of the illustrious 43 car after John Andretti, cousin of Christian's former CART teammate Michael Andretti, was let go. Christian struggled and was reassigned shortly after the start of autumn, but remained with the team, driving the 44 car.

Sports cars racing

In parallel to his activity in Formula 1, was winner of the 1993 24 Hours of Spa and 1994 Brazilian 1000 Miles.

Fittipaldi debuted at the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2003 with the Bell team, resulting sixth with a Doran-Chevrolet of the class Daytona Prototype. It was one of the pilots that won the 2004 24 Hours of Daytona, in this case with a Doran-Pontiac. Then participated in four other rounds from the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series with Bell, earning seventh in Virginia.

The Brazilian contested the first two races of the 2006 Grand-Am series with Bell, earning a sixth place at Homestead. Then ran six rounds with Riley-Pontiac of The Racer's Group, earning a victory in Phoenix, a second place in the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen and third in the 200 Miles at Watkins Glen.

In 2006, Fittipaldi disputed fully the Grand-Am series with the team of Eddie Cheever Jr. Obtained a second place and a sixth, to be located in the 23rd position in the drivers' championship of DP class. That same year, he participated in the 24 Hours of Le Mans with a Saleen S7, where he finished in sixth place in the GT1 class, a total of eleven participants.

Continuing with Cheever, Fttipaldi achieved a fourth, seventh and eighth in 2007 and resulting 20th in the overall table of the DP class of the Grand Am series. Also, it came tenth in the GT1 class of the 24 Hours of Le Mans, at the wheel of an Aston Martin DB9 of team Modena alongside Antonio Garcia and amateur.

Fittipaldi disputed the first four rounds of the 2008 American Le Mans Series with Andretti Green. Piloting an Acura LMP2 with Bryan Herta, earned a fourth place, a fifth, a sixth and a seventh. Then again disputed the 24 Hours of Le Mans with Aston Martin DB9 of Modena, reaching delayed in the 30th overall position. He then ran in the final five rounds of the Grand-Am series with a Coyote-Pontiac of Cheever's team, earning a second place and a sixth.

The driver was invited to run the 2011 24 Hours of Daytona with a Porsche-Riley of Action Express Racing, resulting third overall with Max Papis and João Barbosa among others. In 2012 he participated again in this race with Action Express, in this case at the wheel of a Chevrolet Corvette DP, with which finished fifth.

The Brazilian became in regular driver of Action Express for the 2013 Rolex Sports Car Series season. He achieved two wins at Mid-Ohio and the 6 Hours of Watkins Glen, two seconds places, a fourth and a fifth, mostly with Barbosa. Thus, he was seventh in the drivers' championship in the Daytona Prototypes class.

He won the Rolex 24 at Daytona in 2014 in the Action Express Corvette DP with João Barbosa and Sebastien Bourdais.

Racing career

Complete International Formula 3000 results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races

in italics indicate fastest lap)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1991 Pacific Racing Reynard 91D Mugen Honda VAL
2
PAU
2
JER
1
MUG
3
PER
Ret
HOC
4
BRH
3
SPA
Ret
BUG
2
NOG
1
1st 47

Complete Formula One results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position)
Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1992 Minardi Team Minardi M191 V12 RSA
Ret
MEX
Ret
BRA
Ret
ESP
11
17th 1
Minardi M192 V12 SMR
Ret
MON
8
CAN
13
FRA
DNQ
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
DNQ
ITA
DNQ
POR
12
JPN
6
AUS
9
1993 Minardi Team Minardi M193 Ford HB 3.5 L V8 RSA
4
BRA
Ret
EUR
7
SMR
Ret
ESP
8
MON
5
CAN
9
FRA
8
GBR
12
GER
11
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
8
POR
9
JPN AUS 13th 5
1994 Footwork Ford Footwork FA15 Ford HB 3.5 L V8 BRA
Ret
PAC
4
SMR
13
MON
Ret
ESP
Ret
CAN
DSQ
FRA
8
GBR
9
GER
4
HUN
14
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
8
EUR
17
JPN
8
AUS
8
15th 6

American Open-Wheel

()

CART

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
1995 Walker
MIA
5

SRF
Ret

PHX
10

LBH
Ret

NZR
Ret

INDY
2

MIL
7

DET
17

POR
12

ROA
8

TOR
9

CLE
Ret

MIS
9

MDO
Ret

NHM
8

VAN
Ret

LS
Ret
15th 54
1996 Newman/Haas
MIA
6

RIO
5

SRF
5

LBH
Ret

NZR
9

500
Ret

MIL
6

DET
2*

POR
3

CLE
7

TOR
7

MIS
10

MDO
7

ROA
Ret

VAN
3

LS
10
5th 110
1997 Newman/Haas
MIA
Ret

SRF
Ret

LBH
Inj

NZR
Inj

RIO
Inj

STL
Inj

MIL
Inj

DET
Inj

POR
4

CLE
6

TOR
11

MIS
Ret

MDO
Ret

ROA
4

VAN
Ret

LS
Ret

FON
9
15th 42
1998 Newman/Haas
MIA
4

MOT
Ret

LBH
Ret

NZR
11

RIO
Ret

STL
11

MIL
DNS

DET
17

POR
Ret

CLE
11

TOR
16

MIS
Ret

MDO
13

ROA
3

VAN
14

LS
9

HOU
Ret

SRF
3

FON
7
14th 56
1999 Newman/Haas
MIA
9

MOT
3

LBH
5

NZR
7

RIO
3

STL
9

MIL
6

POR
14

CLE
12

ROA
1

TOR
3

MIS
8

DET
Inj

MDO
Inj

CHI
Inj

VAN
Inj

LS
Inj

HOU
7

SRF
Ret

FON
3
7th 121
2000 Newman/Haas
MIA
7

LBH
Ret

RIO
5

MOT
11

NZR
11

MIL
9

DET
Ret

POR
3

CLE
Ret

TOR
Ret

MIS
Ret

CHI
DNS

MDO
3

ROA
Ret

VAN
4

LS
10

STL
12

HOU
6

SRF
Ret

FON
1
12th 96
2001 Newman/Haas
MTY
Ret

LBH
Ret

TXS
NH

NZR
5

MOT
4

MIL
Ret

DET
5

POR
3

CLE
11

TOR
Ret

MIS
Ret

CHI
Ret

MDO
8

ROA
Ret

VAN
11

LAU
Ret

ROC
Ret

HOU
8

LS
9

SRF
8

FON
13
15th 70
2002 Newman/Haas
MTY
3

LBH
13

MOT
12

MIL
4

LS
2

POR
13

CHI
14

TOR
3

CLE
12

VAN
13

MDO
2

ROA
6

MTL
7

DEN
5

ROC
17

MIA
2

SRF
11

FON
7

MXC
15
5th 122

Complete A1 Grand Prix results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 DC Points
2005–06 Brazil GBR
SPR

GBR
FEA

GER
SPR

GER
FEA

POR
SPR

POR
FEA

AUS
SPR

AUS
FEA

MYS
SPR

MYS
FEA

UAE
SPR

UAE
FEA

RSA
SPR

RSA
FEA

IDN
SPR

20
IDN
FEA

4
MEX
SPR

14
MEX
FEA

12
USA
SPR

13
USA
FEA

Ret
CHN
SPR

10
CHN
FEA

Ret
6th 71

Complete Stock Car Brasil results

() (Races in bold indicate pole position) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)
Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Pos Points
2005 Terra Avallone Mitsubishi Lancer INT
18
CTB
10
RIO
Ret
INT
9
CTB
24
LON
16
BSB
7
SCZ
Ret
TAR
6
ARG
Ret
RIO
Ret
INT
7
23rd 32
2006 Terra Avallone Mitsubishi Lancer INT
CTB
Ret
CGD
26
INT
Ret
LON
15
CTB
SCZ





27th 9
RC3 Bassani Chevrolet Astra






BSB
21
TAR
23
ARG
18
RIO
8
INT
24
2010 Gramacho Costa Chevrolet Vectra INT
19
CTB
21
VEL
17
RIO
18
RBP
16
SAL
23
INT
Ret
CGD
15
LON
Ret
SCZ
Ret
BSB
Ret
CTB
Ret
34th 1

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
2006 ACEMCO Motorsports Johnny Mowlem
Terry Borcheller
Saleen S7-R GT1 337 12th 7th
2007 Team Modena Antonio García
Jos Menten
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 318 17th 10th
2008 Team Modena Terry Borcheller
Jos Menten
Aston Martin DBR9 GT1 302 30th 8th

Complete American Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Rank Points
2008 Andretti Green Racing LMP2 Acura ARX-01b Acura 3.4L V8 M SEB
ovr:18
cls:6
STP
ovr:6
cls:5
LNB
ovr:6
cls:4
UTA
ovr:8
cls:7
LIM MID AME MOS DET PET MON 24th 38

NASCAR

() (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Winston Cup Series

Busch Series

Helmet

Christian Fittipaldi's helmet was yellow with a circle of green raindrops on the top, similar to Wilson Fittipaldi's helmet, but with inverted colors. In F-Indy he changed the yellow and green with red and grey respectively.

References

External links

  • Official website
  • Christian Fittipaldi driver statistics at Racing-Reference
Sporting positions
Preceded by
none
Brazilian Formula Three Champion
1989
Succeeded by
Oswaldo Negri
Preceded by
Gabriel Furlán
Formula Three Sudamericana Champion
1990
Succeeded by
Affonso Giaffone
Preceded by
Érik Comas
International Formula 3000 Champion
1991
Succeeded by
Luca Badoer
Achievements
Preceded by
Jacques Villeneuve
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Tony Stewart
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