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Juan Manuel Fangio II

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Fangio's 1990 IMSA GTP car
Fangio's 1990 IMSA GTP car

Juan Manuel Fangio II (born September 19, 1956 in Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a former auto racing champion and the nephew of auto racer Juan Manuel Fangio. Fangio II grew up meeting some of auto racing's most famous champions of his uncle's era. He inherited his uncle's passion for motorsports.

After some experience in European Formula 3, he debuted as a professional auto racer in IMSA in 1984 in the Miami Grand Prix in a Porsche 935 with Hugo Gralia. He had an award-winning career, winning two GTP driver's championships, as well as 2 manufacturer titles when he was racing for Toyota and All American Racers. Fangio II further established his legacy in the world of auto racing by winning the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring two times (as did his uncle), posting 21 GTP wins, and establishing an IMSA record with 19 solo victories. His victories came while driving the Eagle HF89/90 and Eagle MkIII GTP cars.

Fangio II won pole position ten times during his career. He made most of his driving career in the United States and was chosen in 1992 and 1993 as an "All-American" by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA), an organization which also named Fangio their 1992 driver of the year.

His boss, and also a personal friend, was Dan Gurney. While Fangio II also participated in the CART circuit, he did not win any races, a fact that he regretted.

In 1997, Fangio II called Gurney to let him know that he was retiring. He told Gurney, "I have discovered that regardless of what my passion says, despite what I command my mind to do, I am no longer able to give my whole being, my total focus at the exclusion of everything else to this sport that I love. 99% is not enough, I shall stop."

Said Gurney: "A gentleman in a driver's suit with a core of steel exuding an aura of Latin American dignity and honor even in the worst of circumstances will be missing from the grid".

Fangio II currently resides in Balcarce, Argentina.

Career results

Complete International Formula 3000 results

(key) (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 Pos. Pts
1985 Corbari Italia SIL THR
Ret
EST
11
NÜR
C
VAL
Ret
PAU
Ret
SPA
6
DIJ
14
PER
Ret
ÖST ZAN DON 16th 1

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1993 C1 38 M Toyota TS010
Toyota RV10 3.5L V10
Japan Toyota Team Tom's United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Netherlands Jan Lammers
353 8th 5th

Complete IMSA GTP results

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
1989 All American Racers D24 MIA
18
S12
DNS
ATL WPB LRP
18
MDO
5
WGI
3
ROA
5
PDX
11
HPT SAN
2
SON
5
TPA
23
DLM 13th 53
1990 All American Racers D24
35
MIA S12
25
ATL
3
WPB
13
HPT
1
LRP
5
MDO
15
WGI
11
SON
1
POR
13
ROA
3
SAN
1
TPA
6
DLM
1
4th 115
1991 All American Racers D24
42
WPB
8
S12
18
MIA
25
ATL
DNS
HPT
4
LRP
2
MDO
7
NOR
16
WGI
1
LS
7
POR
1
ROA
19
DLM
1
5th 107
1992 All American Racers D24
11
MIA
14
S12
1
ATL
14
LRP
1
MDO
2
NOR
1
WGI
1
LS
1
POR
2
ROA
1
PHO
1
DLM
19
1st 215
1993 All American Racers D24
27
MIA
1
S12
1
AMS
1
LRP
1
MDO
1
WGI
1
ROA LS
2
POR
1
PHO
2
1st 183

American Open-Wheel racing results

(key)

Indy Lights

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1986 Ralph Sanchez Racing PHX1 MIL MEA
11
TOR
7
POC
7
5th 69
ProMotion / Manliba MDO
8
ROA
11
LS
3
PHX2
2
MIA
2
1987 TEAMKAR International PHX
3
MIL
7
MEA
11
CLE TOR POC MDO
3
NZR LS MIA
1
7th 57
1988 TEAMKAR International PHX MIL POR
2
CLE
1
TOR MEA
12
5th 69
Leading Edge Motorsport POC
4
MDO
13
ROA
1
NZR LS
3
MIA
2

CART

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1995 PacWest Racing Reynard 95i Ford XB V8t MIA SRF PHX LBH NZR INDY MIL DET POR ROA TOR CLE MIS MDO
7
NHM
15
VAN
28
LS
13
24th 6
1996 All American Racers Eagle Mk-V Toyota RV8A V8t MIA
21
RIO
17
SRF
15
LBH
25
NZR
25
500
22
MIL
19
DET
18
POR
14
CLE
13
TOR
28
MIS
14
MDO
20
ROA
8
VAN
19
LS
28
23rd 5
1997 All American Racers Reynard 96i Toyota RV8A V8t MIA
20
SRF
20
LBH
26
NZR
15
23rd 9
Reynard 97i Toyota RV8B V8t RIO
20
STL
23
MIL
21
DET
10
POR
22
CLE
21
TOR
19
MIS
11
MDO
25
ROA
10
VAN
12
LS
15
FON
27

Complete American Le Mans Series results

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
1999 Doyle-Risi Racing LMP Ferrari 333 SP Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12 P SEB
ovr:6
cls:6
ATL MOS SON POR PET MON LSV 90th 0

International Race of Champions

(key) (Bold – Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

External links

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Geoff Brabham
IMSA GT champion
1992-1993
Succeeded by
Wayne Taylor
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