Veröffentlicht: 9 März 2009 in Uncategorized


9. März – Heute ist Danny Sullivans Geburtstag und bei seinem einjährigen Gastspiel in der Formel 1 war der US-Amerikaner nur ein einziges Mal in der Lage mit seinem Tyrrell 012 um einen Sieg zu kämpfen. Ihr wisst sicher, welches Rennen das war, oder?

Bin heute busy, Übersetzungen folgen in Kürze.



9/3/1966, Pablo Birger dies

Pablo Birger raced in the Argentine Mecánica Nacional series in Argentina and without an opportunity to race abroad, he rented one of Amedee Gordini’s works Simca-Gordini T15s to take part in the 1953 Argentine Grand Prix. A broken differential cut his World Championship debut short after 21 laps. A similar arrangement for the 1955 Argentine Grand Prix to compete in a Gordini T16 held a surprise in store for the mighty Ferrari, Lancia, Maserati and Mercedes-Benz works teams, as Pablo qualified an impressive 9th. Perhaps a bit overambitious he tried to push hard from the start of the race but ended up spinning in the first lap and got collected by the Maserati of Carlos Menditeguy. Tragically Pablo Birger lost his life in a road accident. in Buenos Aires, aged just 42.

Born: 6th of January 1924 in Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Died: 9th of March 1966 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, aged 42.



9/3/1963, Jorge Daponte dies

Jorge Daponte had a tragic Formula 1 debut at the 1954 Argentine Grand Prix, losing control of his Maserati A6GCM and running into the signaling area. His car ended up hitting Enrico Platé, who’d been preparing his driver’s the pit board. The popular team owner was killed instantly. Daponte’s second and last participation in a World Championship round took place at the Italian Grand Prix the same year, this time at the wheel of a Maserati 250F. He also participated in several non-Championship races. Jorge Daponte died in 1963 at only 39 years of age.

Born: 5th of June 1923 in Buenos Aires, Argentina;
Died: 9th of March 1963 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, aged 39.



9/3/1955, Teodorico Fabi is born in Milan, Italy

Teo Fabi came a long way from downhill ski racer via mechanical engineering degree, motobike racing, junior formulae and racing in the CanAm series to his Formula 1 debut in 1982 with Ted Toleman’s team alongside his commitments with the Lancia factory team in sports cars, winning the Nürburgring 1000 with Riccardo Patrese and Michele Alboreto. After just one season he returned to the US to clinch the Rookie of the Year award in the CART series. His next opportunity was a part-time drive with the Brabham-BMW F1 team alongside his commitment in the CART series. When his father died later in 1984, Teo retired from racing for six months to run the family’s talcum powder business. The next opportunity arose with the new Benetton team, scoring 3 pole positions a 3rd place. In 1988 he went back to the CART series and also competed in sports car racing, taking Jaguar to victory in the World Sportscar Championship. Teo decided to retire from full time racing having reached the age of 40. More recently, he has helped Corrado with the family business, works as engineer in Italy and is looking after son Stefano’s racing career.



9/3/1937, Brian Herman Thomas Redman is born in Colne, UK

Brian Redman was one of the best all round racers in the late 1960s and early1970s. His F1 debut came in the South African GP. Grand Prix for John Cooper’s works team, scoring an impressive 3rd place in the following round in Spain. Yet he only returned for the Belgian round later in the season where he suffered a high-speed accident after a wishbone failure, ending his season prematurely with a broken right forearm which required two steel pins. In 1969 he helped Porsche to win the World Championship of Makes and went on to win all the major sports car races except Le Mans with the Porsche and Ferrari factory teams, making occasional forays into F1 with Frank Williams, McLaren, BRM and Shadow. After a stint in South Africa, winning the Springbok sports car series and, driving a John Wyer Porsche on the Targa Florio, suffered another heavy crash, suffering burns to his face, neck and hands. He then moved to the US and hit the big time in Formula 5000 racing, winning the title from 1974 to 1976. In 1977 he suffered his 3rd serious crash when driving a Lola in a round of the CanAm series at Saint Jovite, ending up in hosptial with a broken neck, sternum, ribs, shoulder and bruising of the brain. He was back in action at the start of 1978 and won the Sebring 12 Hours for Porsche. He would win at Daytona in 1981 and the same year he was crowned as the IMSA Champion and continued to race well into the 1980s. He then got involved with the Redman-Bright team that raced in F3000. Nowadays the Brit lives in Florida runs International Events, a motor sports marketing company, continues driving for fun in historic racing as well as teaching at driving schools aside his duties as an editor for Road and Track magazine.



9/3/1950, Daniel John Sullivan III is born in Louisville, USA

Danny Sullivan was a late starter in motor racing, it was not until he was 30 that he finally became a winner in the CanAm series after a stint in European junior formulae. His progress from there was all the more impressive. He made his CART debut with an impressive 3rd place in Atlanta with the Forsythe-Newman team in 1982 and the following year came his debut in the World Championship with the Tyrrell team as team mate to the highly rated Michele Alboreto. A 5th place at the Monaco remained his only good result in Formula 1. By the end of the year he had decided to return to the US and found back to his winning ways in the CART series very quickly and, in 1985, taking the Indianapolis 500 after an incredible high-speed spin. In 1986 he made his acting debut on American TV in the popular show Miami Vice and crowned his driver’s career with the 1988 CART title. Injury and a couple of poor career decisions led to an early retirement. He moved to the South of France and was then in charge of the Red Bull the Red Bull Young Driver scheme to find a promising F1 driver from the United States, thus helping Scott Speed’s career. Briefly returned to racing in 2004, but has since focused on media work and now works in TV.

  1. Ulrich Fraj sagt:

    Beim nicht zur WM zählenden Race of Champions in Brands Hatch 1983 wurde Danny Sullivan zweiter.

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