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Tarso Marques
Tarso Marques 2007 Curitiba.jpg
Marques in 2007, as a Stock Car Brasil driver
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Formula One World Championship career
Active years 19961997, 2001
Teams Minardi
Races 26 (24 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1996 Brazilian Grand Prix
Last race 2001 Belgian Grand Prix

Tarso Anibal Santanna Marques (born January 19, 1976 in Curitiba) is a racing driver from Brazil. He participated in 24 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on March 31, 1996. He scored no championship points in three separate seasons, all driving for the Minardi team, never completing a full year in Formula One.

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Career

After five years of karting, Marques raced in Formula Chevrolet in his home country aged only 16, and he won the title at his first attempt. In 1993 he moved up to Formula Three Sudamericana and subsequently European Formula 3000, and became the youngest driver to win races at both levels. In 1996, he started racing for Minardi in Formula One, competing with various drivers for the seat over the following two years, including Giancarlo Fisichella, Jarno Trulli and Pedro Lamy. Minardi's financial situation demanded that drivers with strong sponsorship were generally favoured, and there were several driver changes in the team at that time.

In 1999, he moved stateside to drive in the American Champ Car ranks, and caught the eye of legendary team-owner Roger Penske. When two-time Indianapolis 500 winner Al Unser Jr. was injured, Penske asked him to fill in. His best finish was 9th. In 2000, 2004, and 2005, he drove sporadically in that series for perennial hopeful team owner Dale Coyne, with a best result of 11th.

Marques returned to Formula One in 2001 to race alongside future World Champion Fernando Alonso in the Minardi team, newly purchased by Paul Stoddart. It was a difficult season for Marques, with the team's financial difficulties not always allowing equal equipment for both drivers. Marques was employed under the provision that another driver with more sponsorship money could replace him at any point in the season, and that prospect was realised towards the end of the year, when Minardi replaced Marques with Alex Yoong.

Since his last Champ Car outing in 2005, Marques has returned to South America to drive in the TC2000 and Stock Car Brasil touring car championships.

Motorsports career results

Complete Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1996 Minardi Team Minardi M195B Ford V8 AUS
BRA
Ret
ARG
Ret
EUR
SMR
MON
ESP
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
HUN
BEL
ITA
POR
JPN
NC 0
1997 Minardi Team Minardi M197 Hart V8 AUS
BRA
SMR
MON
ESP
CAN
FRA
Ret
GBR
10
GER
Ret
HUN
12
BEL
Ret
ITA
14
AUT
EX
LUX
Ret
JPN
Ret
EUR
15
NC 0
2001 European Minardi F1 Minardi PS01 European V10 AUS
Ret
MAL
14
BRA
9
SAN
Ret
ESP
16
AUT
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
9
EUR
Ret
FRA
15
GBR
DNQ
GER
Ret
22nd 0
Minardi PS01B HUN
Ret
BEL
13
ITA
USA
JPN

American Open-Wheel

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

Champ Car

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
1999 Penske United States
MIA
Japan
MOT
14
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
NZR
Brazil
RIO
9
United States
STL
Ret
United States
MIL
United States
POR
18
United States
CLE
Ret
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
United States
MIS
United States
DET
United States
MDO
United States
CHI
Canada
VAN
United States
LS
United States
HOU
Australia
SRF
United States
FON
27th 4
2000 Dale Coyne United States
MIA
United States
LBH
WDN
Brazil
RIO
Japan
MOT
16
United States
NAZ
12
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
10
United States
POR
15
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIC
12
United States
CHI
Ret
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
Ret
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LAG
18
United States
GAT
15
United States
HOU
Ret
Australia
SUR
13
United States
FON
7
25th 11
2004 Dale Coyne United States
LBH
Ret
Mexico
MTY
Ret
United States
MIL
 
United States
POR
 
United States
CLE
 
Canada
TOR
 
Canada
VAN
 
United States
ROA
 
United States
DEN
 
Canada
MTL
 
United States
LS
 
United States
LVS
 
Australia
SRF
 
Mexico
MXC
18
22nd 9
2005 Dale Coyne United States
LBH
 
Mexico
MTY
 
United States
MIL
 
United States
POR
 
United States
CLE
11
Canada
TOR
 
Canada
EDM
 
United States
SJO
 
United States
DEN
 
Canada
MTL
 
United States
LVS
 
Australia
SRF
 
Mexico
MXC
 
  24th 10

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