Felipe Giaffone

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Felipe Giaffone
Felipe Giaffone 2007 Formula Truck Taruma.jpg
Giaffone as a Fórmula Truck driver.
Nationality  Brazil
Born (1975-01-22) January 22, 1975 (age 39)
São Paulo
Indy Racing League IndyCar Series
Years active 2001-2006
Teams Mo Nunn Racing
Dreyer & Reinbold Racing
A. J. Foyt Enterprises
Starts 61
Wins 1
Poles 0
Best finish 4th in 2002
Previous series
1996-2000
1995
Indy Lights
Toyota Atlantic

Felipe Giaffone (Portuguese pronunciation: [fiˈlipi ʒaˈfoni], born January 22, 1975 in São Paulo) is a race car driver from Brazil. He competed in the Indy Racing League between 2001 and 2006. His father, "Zeca" Giaffone is the 1987 Stock Car Brasil champion and Mil Milhas Brasil five times winner in the 1980s.

Racing career[edit]

He went to the United States to drive in the Indy Lights series in 1999 where he was coached by Formula One legend and countryman Nelson Piquet. He began racing in the IRL in 2001 and won one race at Kentucky Speedway in 2002. In 2003 Felipe was one of the IRL's representatives in the IROC series, but he only competed in two races due to injury and finished 10th in series standings. In 2005 Felipe made a last minute deal with A.J. Foyt to qualify a third car for him in the Indianapolis 500. With minutes to spare, Giaffone bumped Arie Luyendyk Jr. from the field. Starting in the final 33rd starting position, he avoided attrition and finished 15th. With A.J.'s grandson A.J. Foyt IV leaving the IRL for NASCAR in 2006, A.J. the elder chose Giaffone to be his full-time driver for the 2006 season but he was released after eight races due to what Foyt called "communication problems".

Since 2007, Giaffone has raced in the Fórmula Truck, the Brazilian racing truck series, and won the championship in his first season.

Racing record[edit]

American Open Wheel[edit]

(key)

IndyCar results[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
2001 Treadway Racing United States
PHX
6
United States
HMS
4
United States
ATL
10
United States
INDY
10
United States
TXS
2
United States
PPI
7
United States
RIR
11
United States
KAN
4
United States
NSH
8
United States
KTY
8
United States
STL
20
United States
CHI
10
United States
TX2
21
6th 304
2002 Mo Nunn United States
HMS
7
United States
PHX
19
United States
FON
6
United States
NZR
2
United States
INDY
3
United States
TXS
5
United States
PPI
4
United States
RIR
3
United States
KAN
4
United States
NSH
7
United States
MIS
3
United States
KTY
1
United States
STL
21
United States
CHI
6
United States
TX2
17
4th 432
2003 Mo Nunn United States
HMS
9
United States
PHX
3
Japan
MOT
3
United States
INDY
33
United States
TXS
17
United States
PPI
13
United States
RIR
6
United States
KAN
22
United States
NSH
Inj
United States
MIS
Inj
United States
STL
Inj
United States
KTY
Inj
United States
NZR
Inj
United States
CHI
15
United States
FON
16
United States
TX2
19
20th 199
2004 Dreyer & Reinbold United States
HMS
United States
PHX
Japan
MOT
United States
INDY
15
United States
TXS
9
United States
RIR
10
United States
KAN
16
United States
NSH
15
United States
MIL
13
United States
MIS
16
United States
KTY
16
United States
PPI
16
United States
NZR
16
United States
CHI
8
United States
FON
20
United States
TX2
11
20th 214
2005 Foyt United States
HMS
United States
PHX
United States
STP
Japan
MOT
United States
INDY
15
United States
TXS
United States
RIR
United States
KAN
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
PPIR
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
United States
WGL
United States
FON
31st 15
2006 Foyt United States
HMS
8
United States
STP
9
Japan
MOT
15
United States
INDY
21
United States
WGL
5
United States
TXS
16
United States
RIR
17
United States
KAN
19
United States
NSH
United States
MIL
United States
MIS
United States
KTY
United States
SNM
United States
CHI
17th 142

IndyCar career summary[edit]

Year Team Starts Wins Points Championship Finish
2001 Treadway Racing 13 0 304 6th
2002 Mo Nunn Racing 15 1 432 4th
2003 Mo Nunn Racing 11 0 199 20th
2004 Dreyer & Reinbold Racing 13 0 214 20th
2005 Foyt Enterprises 1 0 15 30th
2006 Foyt Enterprises 8 0 142 17th

Indy 500 results[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
2001 G-Force Oldsmobile 33rd 10th Treadway Racing
2002 G-Force Chevrolet 4th 3rd Mo Nunn
2003 G-Force Toyota 16th 33rd Mo Nunn
2004 Dallara Chevrolet 25th 15th Dreyer & Reinbold
2005 Panoz Toyota 33rd 15th Foyt
2006 Dallara Honda 21st 21st Foyt

Family[edit]

The Giaffone family has had great involvement in motorsport.

  • José "Zeca" Giaffone - Felipe's father; 1987 Stock Car Brasil champion and five times winner of Mil Milhas Brasil: 1981, 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1989. The founder of ZF Racing, the biggest racing engine supplier in Brazil, and the owner of Granja Viana international kart circuit in São Paulo.
  • José "Zequinha" Giaffone - Felipe's brother; He competed in some races in the 1996 Indy Lights.
  • Affonso Giaffone Filho - Felipe's uncle, Zeca's elder brother; The winner of the first ever race of Stock Car Brasil in 1979, the champion of the 1981 season and two times winner of Mil Milhas Brasil: 1981 and 1986. His four sons all competed in the Brazilian national kart championships.
  • Silvana Giaffone - Felipe's cousin and later wife of Rubens Barrichello. This makes Barrichello a cousin-in-law of Felipe.

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
Airton Daré
IndyCar Series
Rookie of the Year

2001
Succeeded by
Laurent Redon