Formula One
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Fittipaldi Automotive
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Nigel Mansell
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Teddy Mayer
Colin Chapman
Ronnie Peterson
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Jackie Stewart
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Emerson Fittipaldi

Knowledge Identifier: +Emerson_Fittipaldi


Emerson Fittipaldi

Brazilian automobile racing driver who throughout a long and successful career won the Indianapolis 500 twice and championships in both Formula One and CART. add

Category: Auto racing

Born in 1946.

Countries: United Kingdom (23%), (21%), United States (12%)

Education: undef.

Main connections: Formula One, Fittipaldi Automotive, Nigel Mansell

Linked to: Ford Motor Company, Fittipaldi Automotive, Chevrolet, Team Penske




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Emerson Fittipaldi was born in 1946 add something


Both his parents had raced production cars shortly after the Second World War and Wilson Sr was responsible for the first Mil Milhas race in 1956, in São Paulo, having been inspired by the 1949 Italian Mille Miglia add something


Jo Ramirez - During the 1960s and 70s Ramírez worked for several teams, including Dan Gurney's Eagle, Tyrrell, where founder Ken Tyrrell advised him to keep a diary of his time in the sport, and for Wilson and Emerson Fittipaldi in their Fittipaldi Copersucar F1 team


Fittipaldi Automotive - In the 1960s the young Fittipaldi brothers, Wilson and Emerson, ran a successful business in their native Brazil building karts and tuning engines


He left for Europe in 1969, with the ambition to convince team owners of his talent in three months add something


Fittipaldi continued to win, drawing the attention of Colin Chapman, who was looking for a driver to support the Austrian Jochen Rindt in the 1970 Formula One season add something


He was married to Maria Helena from 1970 to 1982 add something


McLaren - After Bruce McLaren died in a testing accident in 1970, Teddy Mayer took over and led the team to their first Formula One constructors' championship in 1974, with Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt winning the drivers' championship in 1974 and 1976 respectively


Teddy Mayer - For much of the 1970s McLaren enjoyed considerable success, with both Emerson Fittipaldi and James Hunt taking the drivers title


Lotus 59 - For the 1970 season, Emerson Fittipaldi and Tetsu Ikuzawa moved up to Formula Two with the less successful semi-works Lotus 69, and finished the season in the 3rd and 6th places respectively, beaten by Clay Regazzoni on Tecno-Ford and Derek Bell on Brabham BT30-Ford/BMW.


Brazilian Grand Prix - Grand Prix racing was rare in Brazil only until the emergence of São Paulo native Emerson Fittipaldi in Formula One. In 1970, he won his first championship Grand Prix at Watkins Glen in the United_States; and São Paulo city officials saw in Fittipaldi a sporting hero equivalent to soccer star Pelé


Fittipaldi Automotive - The younger brother, Emerson, was the more successful; by 1970 he was driving for the Lotus team in Formula One and won his first world championship in 1972


In his first full year as Lotus' lead driver in 1971, Fittipaldi finished sixth in the drivers' championship as the team further developed the previous season's Lotus 72 add something


Lotus 56 - The car was designated as the 56B and Emerson Fittipaldi tried it in the 1971 Race of Champions and International Trophy non-Championship meetings


Armed with what was arguably the greatest Formula one design of all time, the Lotus 72D, Fittipaldi proved dominant in 1972 as he won five of 11 races and easily won the F1 Drivers' Championship from Jackie Stewart by 16 points add something


Jackie Stewart - During the 1972 Grand Prix season he missed the Belgian Grand Prix at Nivelles due to gastritis, and had to cancel plans to drive a Can-Am McLaren, but won the Argentine, French, U.S., and Canadian Grands Prix, to come second to Emerson Fittipaldi in the drivers' standings


Belgian Grand Prix - The first race at Nivelles in 1972 was won by Emerson Fittipaldi


David Walker (racing driver) - Walker was given a full-time Formula One seat to drive the Lotus 72 in the 1972 season, as number two driver to Emerson Fittipaldi


It appeared he might do it again in 1973 add something


Ronnie Peterson - After seeing out his three-year contract at March, Peterson joined Colin Chapman's Team Lotus in the 1973 season, partnering defending champion Emerson Fittipaldi


Ronnie Peterson - Peterson stayed at March until 1973, when he signed for John Player Team Lotus to partner Emerson Fittipaldi


Fittipaldi Automotive - It was formed during 1974 by racing driver Wilson Fittipaldi and his younger brother, double world champion Emerson, with money from the Brazilian sugar and alcohol cooperative Copersucar


McLaren Group - Mayer subsequently lead the McLaren to their first World Constructors' Championship in 1974 with Brazilian driver Emerson Fittipaldi, who won the World Drivers' Championship that year


Fittipaldi Automotive - In 1976 Emerson surprised the motor racing world by leaving the title-winning McLaren team to drive for the unsuccessful family outfit


Ayrton Senna - He experimented with several designs to satisfy him such as a white, yellow and green helmet before settling on a design that included a yellow background with a green stripe that surrounded the upper visor and a light metallic blue stripe surrounding the lower visor that was first seen in 1979 with the design having been created by Sid Mosca who painted helmets for Emerson Fittipaldi and Nelson Piquet


After leaving F1 in 1980, Fittipaldi took time out from major racing for four years, returning in 1984 in CART add something


Emerson Fittipaldi decided to retire from racing at the end of 1980 add something


The team struggled on for another two years with minimal sponsorship, going into receivership at the end of 1982 add something


Chip Ganassi Racing - In 1989, Chip Ganassi, who had driven in the IndyCar World Series, joined Pat Patrick as co-owner for Emerson Fittipaldi's Marlboro IndyCar team


Roger Penske hired Emmo for his racing team in 1990 and he continued to be among the top drivers in CART, winning a race with Penske for six straight years add something


In 1993 he added a second Indianapolis 500 victory by taking the lead from defending Formula One World Champion Nigel Mansell on lap 185 and holding it for the remainder add something


Jacques Villeneuve - Jacques Villeneuve won the 1995 CART Championship, the 1995 Indianapolis 500 and the 1997 Formula One World Championship, making him only the third driver after Mario Andretti and Emerson Fittipaldi to achieve such a feat


Approaching 50, he was still with Champ Car in 1996 when an injury at the Michigan International Speedway ended his career add something


In September 1997, Fittipaldi, while recovering from injuries in a crash at Michigan International Speedway a year earlier, was flying his private plane across his orange tree farm in São Paulo, Brazil add something


He was inducted in the Motorsports Hall of Fame of America in 2001 add something


He was a friend of George Harrison and was with The Beatles guitarist shortly before Harrison died in November 2001 add something


In 2003 he made a return to Champcars as a team owner add something


In 2005 Fittipaldi made a surprise return to competitive racing in the Grand Prix Masters event held at Kyalami in South Africa, finishing second behind former CART sparring partner Nigel Mansell add something


Riccardo Patrese - He finished third behind his former team-mate Nigel Mansell and Emerson Fittipaldi in the sole 2005 race at Kyalami, South Africa


Ronaldo - Since 2005, Ronaldo has been the co-owner of A1 Team Brazil, along with Brazilian motorsports legend Emerson Fittipaldi


Now, he has another son, Emerson Fanucchi Fittipaldi, born on March 6, 2007, with his new wife, Rossana Fanucchi Fittipaldi add something


In 2008, Emerson and his brother Wilson entered the Brazilian GT3 Championship, driving a Porsche 997 GT3 for the WB Motorsports team add something


In 2011 he started embracing social media by opening up an official Twitter and Facebook account, as well as becoming a Chairman of add something


In 2013 he began writing a regular monthly blog column on the official website of McLaren add something


In 2016, Fittipaldi established Fittipaldi Motors, and along with Pininfarina and HWA AG, created his first sports car project, the Fittipaldi EF7 add something


His two grandchildren Pietro and Enzo Fittipaldi are racing drivers, with Enzo being announced as a member of the Ferrari Driver Academy in December 2016 add something