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Christian Fittipaldi
Christian Fittipaldi 2006 Curitiba.jpg
In 2006, as a Stock Car Brasil driver
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Formula One World Championship career
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 January 18, 1971 (1971-01-18) (age 39)
Hometown Brazil São Paulo, Brazil
Awards 1991 Formula 3000 champion
1995 Indianapolis 500 Rookie of The Year
NASCAR Sprint Cup Series statistics
16 races run over 2 years
Best cup position 44th - 2003 (Winston Cup)
First race 2002 Checker Auto Parts 500 Presented by Pennzoil (Phoenix)
Last race 2003 UAW-GM Quality 500 (Charlotte)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

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 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.

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.

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Europe / Formula One

Fittipaldi graduated to Formula One following a Formula 3000 championship winning season in 1991. Opportunities to test and impress were limited at Minardi though, and despite a number of points scoring positions early in 1993, Christian fell out with the team management and was dropped with two GPs to go. He had a final attempt at F1 in the 1994 season driving for the Footwork team, scoring two 4th places. Disillusioned with GP racing, however, Fittipaldi moved to America to race where he has been ever since. He scored a total of 12 F1 championship points.

America

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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 whilst 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 '02 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 and later career

After leaving Petty Enterprises, Fittipaldi co-drove the winning car during the 24 Hours of Daytona in 2004. In 2005, he migrated into the Brazilian Stock Car Series and reappeared in Grand-Am winning a race at Phoenix and announcing he had signed for Eddie Cheever's new team for 2006. He currently races for A1 Team Brazil. He co-drove a privateer Saleen S7R (with Terry Borcheller and Johnny Mowlem) in the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans and finished 6th in class and 11th overall.

He returned to sports cars full time in 2008, driving Andretti Green Racing's Acura LMP2 Prototype in the American Le Mans Series.[1], but was removed from the car after race 4 of the 2008 Season. He then moved to drive the #16 Pontiac Coyote for Cheever Racing in the Rolex Sports Car Series.

Racing career

Complete Formula One results

(key) (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 Lamborghini 3.5 L V12 RSA
Ret
MEX
Ret
BRA
Ret
ESP
11
17th 1
Minardi M192 Lamborghini 3.5 L 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

Partial CART results

(key)

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

(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 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

References

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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
Preceded by
Jacques Villeneuve
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
1995
Succeeded by
Tony Stewart

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