Veröffentlicht: 11 März 2009 in Uncategorized


11. März – Ich war in den letzten Tage ein wenig im Stress. Wäre jemand so nett und ünterhält die anderen Besucher ein wenig? Zum Beispiel mit der Geschichte rudn ums obige Bild. Danke vorab für die hilfestellung.

Auch heute muss ich leider mit den Übersetzungen auf bald vertrösten. Leider.



11/3/1953, Derek Daly is born Dublin, Irland

Derek Daly came into Formula 1 as a proven race winner in junior formulae but his debut with the struggling Hesketh team in the 1978 US Grand Prix West would didn’t happen be cause he failed to even prequalify for the race. But the Irishman got a seat with Ensign from the British GP on and scored his first F1 point finishing 6th in Canada. In the middle of 1979 he switched form Ensign to Tyrrell to replace the injured Patrick Depailler scoring further points finishes in 1980. In 1981 he switched to the RAM team but their new March 811 was not a great success and at the start of 1982 Daly moved to Theodore. He then got an offer from Frank Williams after Carlos Reutemann had chosen to retire. It was a frustrating year and Daly decided to switch to the CART series. A huge accident at Michigan International Speedway left Derek hospitalized with serious leg injuries. He returned to winning ways in sports cars with Nissan and Jaguar, scoring 2 victories in the Sebring 12 Hours with Nissan and finally chose to retire in 1992. Now an American citizen, he has since worked for many years as a TV commentator with ESPN and Speed Channel in the US, while also running a racing school in Las Vegas.



11/3/1977, Alberto Rodiguez Larreta dies

„Larry“ Larreta was talented all-rounder who drove single seaters, sports, the popular domestic Turismo Carretera series and long distance races in his native Argentina. For the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix he bought himself into Team Lotus and finished 9th on his only outing in a Formula 1 car. Beyond his racing career, the Argentine driver was a successful businessman. Alberto Rodriguez Larreta died in 1977 from a heart-attack at only 43 years of age.

Born: 14th of January 1934 in Buenos Aires, Argentina.
Died: 11th of March 1977 in Buenos Aires, Argentina, aged 43.



11/3/1943, Arturo Francesco Merzario is born on Civenna, Italy

Arturo Merzario made a quick rise from lightweight Abarth sports cars to works driver in Ferrari’s sports car team in 1970. He helped the Scuderia to win the 1972 World Championship of Makes and scored a memorable victory with Sandro Munari on the Targa Florio in Sicily. He impressed with a 6th place in his Formula 1 debut in the British Grand Prix the same year and he got a seat in the F1 team for 1973, a season to turn out one of the worst in the Scuderia’s history. Arturo became an Alfa Romeo sports car driver while racing in F1 for Frank Williams. He enjoyed considerable success with Alfa Romeo, helping the team to win the sports car titles in 1975 and 1977 but his F1 career was reduced to setting up his own team. He initially ran a private March in 1977 before deciding to build his own F1 cars but the project proved to be under-financed and didn’t go far. Arturo then decided to move his operation to Formula 2 before closing the operation down at the end of 1984. He still took part in races in sports cars, Italian GTs and kart challenges well into his 60s. He remains a frequent visitor to the F1 paddock, still wearing his trade mark white Stetson hat.



11/3/1930, Troy Ruttman is born in Mooreland, USA

Troy Ruttman became the youngest driver to win the Indianapolis 500 in 1952, at the aged of 22 and at a time when the race counted for the Formula 1 World Championship. He led several of the 12 Indy 500s in which he participated, but was a frequent victim of mechanical failures. Ruttman retired from racing following the tragedy filled 1964 Indianapolis 500. His son, Troy Jr., became a race car driver as well, but was tragically killed at the Pocono Speedway in 1969 while driving the car his father drove from the 33rd starting spot to a 12th place finish in the 1963 Indianapolis 500. Troy Ruttman Sr. was suffering from lung cancer when he moved to Lake Havasu City where he succumbed to the illness.

Born: 11th of March 1930 in Mooreland, Oklahoma, USA;
Died: 19th of May 1997 in Lake Havasu City, aged 67 years.

  1. funformula sagt:

    Derek Daly 1993 beim Track-Test des Weltmeister-Williams von Alain Prost.
    Er testete an diesem Tag auch das Indy-Meisterauto von Nigel Mansell und schrieb darüber einen Testbericht, der von verschiedenen Automagzinen veröffentlicht wurde.

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