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Roberto Moreno
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 1982, 1987, 19891992, 1995
Teams Lotus, AGS, Coloni, EuroBrun, Benetton, Jordan, Minardi, Andrea Moda and Forti
Races 77 (42 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 15
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1982 Dutch Grand Prix
Last race 1995 Australian Grand Prix
Roberto Moreno
CART & Champ Car World Series
Years active 1985–1986, 1996–2001, 2003, 2007
Teams Galles Racing
Payton/Coyne Racing
Bettenhausen Motorsports
Newman/Haas Racing
Project Indy
PacWest Racing
Patrick Racing
Herdez Competition
Pacific Coast Motorsports
Starts 120
Wins 2
Poles 2
Best finish 3rd in 2000
Previous series
1980
1981–1982
1983
1984
1984–1985
1985–1988
1992
1993
1999, 2006–2007
2005, 2007
British Formula Ford 1600
British Formula Three
North American Formula Mundial
Formula Two
Japanese Formula Two
Formula 3000
Italian Superturismo Championship
French Touring Car
IRL IndyCar Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
Championship titles
1980
1980
1982
1988
British Formula Ford 1600 champion
Formula Ford Festival winner
Macau Grand Prix winner
International Formula 3000 champion

Roberto Pupo Moreno (born February 11, 1959 in Rio de Janeiro[1]), usually known as Roberto Moreno and also as Pupo Moreno, is a racing driver from Brazil. He participated in 75 Formula One Grands Prix, achieved 1 podium, and scored a total of 15 championship points. He raced in CART in 1986, and was Formula 3000 champion (in 1988) before joining Formula One full-time in 1989. He returned to CART in 1996 and raced full-time until 2003. Recently he has driven as a temporary substitute and test driver in both Champ Car and IndyCar.

Moreno was known as the "Super Sub" late in his career as he was used to replace injured drivers several times.

The Brazilian driver is also the sport godfather of young gun Julien Gerbi, recently seen in Formula Two and Formula 3000. Gerbi actually tested for the F3000 team Coloni Motorsport exactly twenty years after Moreno had been its official driver in Formula 1.

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Career

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Substitute

Moreno stood in for Nigel Mansell at Lotus at the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix after Mansell broke his wrist in the previous Grand Prix at Canada. Underprepared, Moreno failed to qualify. It took his reputation a while to recover from this poor showing, but in 1987 he was called up to replace Pascal Fabre for the AGS team at the 1987 Japanese Grand Prix. In the following Australian Grand Prix, he took 6th place for his, and the team's, first ever point.

In this period, Moreno won the Australian Grand Prix three times (1981, 1983 and 1984) before it became a Formula One World Championship race.

Full-time Formula One

Following his Formula 3000 Championship in 1988 (in which he drove a Reynard to the championship in the marque's first season in the formula), he signed a testing contract with Ferrari, who helped him land a racing drive with Coloni. The car was never competitive, however, and Moreno only made the grid four times.

Initially, 1990 seemed to be even less promising, with Moreno signing for the nosediving EuroBrun outfit, qualifying for just 2 out of 14 races. However, shortly after being informed the team would not be competing in the last two rounds of the season, he was contacted by Benetton to drive their second car, with Alessandro Nannini having lost a hand in a helicopter crash. Moreno finished an excellent 2nd on his Benetton debut in the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix, behind childhood friend and team-mate Nelson Piquet, although this result was helped by most other top cars dropping out, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna famously colliding at the first corner.

Moreno driving for Benetton at the 1991 United States Grand Prix.

For 1991, Benetton signed Moreno full-time. However, the Benetton B191, on Pirelli tyres, was not as competitive as anticipated, and Moreno's best results were 4th place at the Monaco Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix (a race in which he set the fastest lap). The latter would be his last race for the team before he was controversially paid off and dropped in favour of Michael Schumacher. There are rumours to this day that Moreno was purposely driving within himself for the whole season in order to not show Piquet up. As it was, Moreno was offered the vacant Jordan drive for the 1991 Italian Grand Prix and the following race in Portugal, and raced for Minardi in the final race of the season, but Formula One seemed to have passed him by.

For the 1992 season, he found himself back with the minnows, signing for Andrea Moda. The outfit had risen from the ashes of Coloni, and after two non-starting races with Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia, decided to start over with Moreno and Perry McCarthy. Moreno and McCarthy faced an uphill struggle, with the uncompetitive team scrambling to even get to most races. Moreno would only qualify the under-tested, under-funded car once, for the Monaco Grand Prix, before the team collapsed following team owner Andrea Sassetti's arrest at the Belgian Grand Prix.

An assortment of drives

Moreno spent his last season of Formula One with the Forti team.

He spent the next two years racing Italian and French Touring Cars, and also attempted to qualify for the 1994 Indianapolis 500. 1995 saw a return to Formula One, with the ambitious Forti team. Moreno's Brazilian heritage helped him land the drive. Sadly, their car was laughably slow, and Moreno's best result was 14th in the Belgian Grand Prix. He would exit Formula One crashing into the pitlane wall at the Australian Grand Prix.

Champ Cars

1996 would see Moreno resume his Champ Car career, as he raced a Payton-Coyne Lola-Ford, finishing 3rd at Michigan. For 1997 he drove for three teams, earning the epithet "Supersub", with his best result of 5th at Detroit in a Newman-Haas Swift-Ford. 1998 was more barren, with just three drives, though he came 6th at Twin Ring Motegi in the Project Indy Reynard Motorsport-Mercedes. The following season again saw him take two different cars (Newman/Haas and PacWest) , with two 4th places his best. In 1999 he also made his first Indy Racing League start at Phoenix International Raceway finishing 6th and returned to the Indianapolis 500 after a 13 year absence finishing 20th for Truscelli Team Racing. 2000 finally saw him land a full-time drive in the Patrick Racing Reynard Motorsport-Ford, and he led the series for much of the distance, eventually ranking 3rd overall.

Moreno won his first Champ Car race at Cleveland, and in a scene scarcely seen in motor racing, the emotional Moreno wept openly. It had been his first race victory since his Formula 3000 victory twelve years earlier. He won again for Patrick Racing at Vancouver the following year, but was less consistent and dropped to 13th in the standings.

In 2003 he drove for Herdez Competition, taking his Lola-Cosworth to 2nd at Miami, and announced his retirement from motorsport at the end of the year.

In August 2006, Moreno became the first driver to test the new Panoz-built Champ Car. According to former series champion Paul Tracy, "[Moreno's] a guy who's not going to go out there and make mistakes and go off the road. They need to put miles on the car and run it fairly quickly, and he's the perfect guy for the job."[2]

After running thousands of miles of testing in the Panoz DP01, Moreno got a chance to race it at the 2007 Grand Prix of Houston, substituting for the injured Alex Figge at Pacific Coast Motorsports.[3]

IndyCar Series

Practicing for the 2007 Indianapolis 500

In 2006, after contesting one Brazilian Stock Car race at Jacarepagua, he ran the IndyCar race at St. Petersburg, Florida, substituting for Ed Carpenter of Vision Racing.

Roberto drove as a replacement for an injured Stéphan Grégoire at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 for Chastain Motorsports. He crashed the car early in the race and finished in last place.

Race results

Complete Formula One results

(key) (races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1982 John Player Lotus Lotus 91 Cosworth V8 RSA
BRA
USW
SMR
BEL
MON
DET
CAN
NED
DNQ
GBR
FRA
GER
AUT
SUI
ITA
CPL
NC 0
1987 Team AGS AGS JH22 Cosworth V8 BRA
SMR
BEL
MON
DET
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
AUT
ITA
POR
ESP
MEX
JPN
Ret
AUS
6
19th 1
1989 Coloni SpA Coloni FC188B Cosworth V8 BRA
DNQ
SMR
DNQ
MON
Ret
MEX
DNQ
USA
DNQ
NC 0
Coloni C3 CAN
Ret
FRA
DNQ
GBR
Ret
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
POR
Ret
ESP
DNPQ
JPN
DNPQ
AUS
DNPQ
1990 EuroBrun Racing EuroBrun ER189 Judd V8 USA
13
BRA
DNPQ
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
10th 6
EuroBrun ER189B MEX
DNQ
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
POR
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
Benetton Formula Benetton B190 Ford V8 JPN
2
AUS
7
1991 Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B190B Ford V8 USA
Ret
BRA
7
SMR
13
MON
4
CAN
Ret
MEX
5
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
8
BEL
4
10th 8
Team 7UP Jordan Jordan 191 ITA
Ret
POR
10
ESP JPN
Minardi Team Minardi M191 Ferrari V12 AUS
16
1992 Andrea Moda Formula Moda S921 Judd V10 RSA
MEX
BRA
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
SMR
DNPQ
MON
Ret
CAN
DNPQ
FRA
DNA
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNQ
BEL
DNQ
ITA
DNP
POR
JPN
AUS
NC 0
1995 Parmalat Forti Ford Forti FG01 Ford V8 BRA
Ret
ARG
NC
SMR
NC
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
16
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
14
ITA
Ret
POR
17
EUR
Ret
PAC
16
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
NC 0

American Open-Wheel

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

CART/Champ Car results

Years 1985-1986, 1996-2001 to be completed

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
2003 Herdez United States
STP
5
Mexico
MTY
6
United States
LBH
Ret
United Kingdom
BRH
7
Germany
LAU
10
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
LS
15
United States
POR
9
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
6
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
ROA
7
United States
MDO
Ret
Canada
MTL
7
United States
DEN
Ret
United States
MIA
2
Mexico
MXC
 
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
FON
NH
13th 67
2007 Pacific Coast United States
LVG
 
United States
LBH
 
United States
HOU
12
United States
POR
 
United States
CLE
 
Canada
MTT
 
Canada
TOR
 
Canada
EDM
 
United States
SJO
 
United States
ROA
 
Belgium
ZOL
 
Netherlands
ASN
 
Australia
SRF
 
Mexico
MXC
 
          22nd 9

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1986 Lola Cosworth 32nd 19th Galles
1994 Lola Ford-Cosworth Failed to Qualify Arizona
1999 G-Force Oldsmobile 23rd 20th Truscelli
2007 Panoz Honda 31st 33rd Chastain
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Macleod
Formula Ford Festival Winner
1980
Succeeded by
Tommy Byrne
Preceded by
Bob Earl
Macau Grand Prix Winner
1982
Succeeded by
Ayrton Senna
Preceded by
Stefano Modena
International Formula 3000 Champion
1988
Succeeded by
Jean Alesi

References

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. http://www.oldracingcars.com/driver/Roberto_Moreno. Retrieved 2007-07-29.  
  2. ^ Kirby, Gordon, Gordon Kirby's Inside Track, ChampCarWorldSeries.com, August 1, 2006
  3. ^ Moreno to Replace Figge in Houston, SpeedTV.com, April 21, 2007

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