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Felipe Giaffone

Felipe Giaffone
Giaffone as a Fórmula Truck driver.
Nationality  Brazil
Born (1975-01-22) January 22, 1975
São Paulo
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active 2001–2006
Teams Mo Nunn Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Starts 61
Wins 1
Poles 0
Best finish 4th in 2002
Previous series
1996–2000
1995
Indy Lights
Toyota Atlantic

Felipe Giaffone (Portuguese pronunciation: , born January 22, 1975 in São Paulo) is a race car driver from Brazil. He competed in the Indy Racing League between 2001 and 2006. His father, "Zeca" Giaffone is the 1987 Stock Car Brasil champion and Mil Milhas Brasil five times winner in the 1980s.

Racing career

He went to the United States to drive in the Indy Lights series in 1999 where he was coached by Formula One legend and countryman Nelson Piquet. He began racing in the IRL in 2001 and won one race at Kentucky Speedway in 2002. In 2003 Felipe was one of the IRL's representatives in the IROC series, but he only competed in two races due to injury and finished 10th in series standings. In 2005 Felipe made a last minute deal with A.J. Foyt to qualify a third car for him in the Indianapolis 500. With minutes to spare, Giaffone bumped Arie Luyendyk Jr. from the field. Starting in the final 33rd starting position, he avoided attrition and finished 15th. With A.J.'s grandson A.J. Foyt IV leaving the IRL for NASCAR in 2006, A.J. the elder chose Giaffone to be his full-time driver for the 2006 season but he was released after eight races due to what Foyt called "communication problems".

Since 2007, Giaffone has raced in the Fórmula Truck, the Brazilian racing truck series. He won the championship in 2007, 2009 and 2011, and was runner-up in 2010, 2012 and 2014.

Racing record

American Open Wheel racing results

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Indy Lights

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 Rank Points
1996 Leading Edge Motorsport MIA
14
LBH
24
NAZ
13
MIS
10
MIL
9
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