Giovanni Lavaggi

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Giovanni Lavaggi
Born (1958-02-18) 18 February 1958 (age 56)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Italy Italian
Active years 19951996
Teams Pacific, Minardi
Races 10 (7 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1995 German Grand Prix
Last race 1996 Japanese Grand Prix

Giovanni Lavaggi (born February 18, 1958 in Augusta, Sicily) is a racing driver from Italy.

A nobleman by background,[1] Lavaggi raised the money to buy ten Formula One Grand Prix drives, for Pacific and Minardi, debuting on July 30, 1995. In 1995 he was the only driver not to finish any of the F1 races that they started. He scored no championship points and was never close to the car's performance limits, being described as "desperately slow" by Jonathan Palmer, although he did well in his forays in sportscar racing.

Racing career[edit]

His Formula One career started in 1992, where he tested for the March team.

Lavaggi was 1993 Interserie champion and won the 1995 Daytona 24 Hours, as well as scoring two wins in the FIA Sportscar Championship. Prior to Formula One Lavaggi made two starts and failed to qualify for two additional races in CART for Euromotorsport and Leader Cards Racing.

Lavaggi races under the banner of his own Lavaggi Sport (formerly known as GLV Brums) sportscar racing team, which in 2007 started building and racing its own Le Mans Prototype, the Lavaggi LS1, in the Le Mans Series.

He was nicknamed "Johnny Carwash" (a liberal translation of his name from Italian to English, John Washing[2]) by people in the paddock; US talk show host David Letterman helped bring the nickname to popular attention.

Family[edit]

In the city of Catania, a major road has been dedicated to his uncle: Via Giovanni Lavaggi (Giovanni Lavaggi Road). He was a famous war pilot killed in 1941 on the same airplane with Italo Balbo.[3]

Racing record[edit]

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1989 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Japan Kunimitsu Takahashi
Italy Bruno Giacomelli
Porsche 962C C1 303 DNF DNF
1990 United Kingdom Team Davey Morocco Max Cohen-Olivar
United Kingdom Tim Lee-Davey
Porsche 962C C1 306 19th 19th
1992 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Germany Manuel Reuter
Denmark John Nielsen
Porsche 962CK6 C3 334 7th 2nd
1993 Germany Porsche Kremer Racing Germany Jürgen Lässig
South Africa Wayne Taylor
Porsche 962CK6 C2 328 12th 7th
2000 Spain Repsol Racing Engineering Spain Tomás Saldaña
Spain Jesús Diez Villaroel
Porsche 911 GT3-R GT 78 DNF DNF

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

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

PPG Indycar Series[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1994 Euromotorsports Lola T9300 Ilmor C SRF PHX
LBH
INDY
MIL
DET
DNQ
POR
38th 0
Leader Cards Racing CLE
30
TOR
MCH
MDO
NHA
VAN
ROA
15
NAZ
LAG
DNQ

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1995 Pacific Grand Prix Ltd Pacific PR02 Ford V8 BRA
ARG
SMR
ESP
MON
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR
EUR
PAC
JPN
AUS
NC 0
1996 Minardi Team Minardi M195B Ford V8 AUS
BRA
ARG
EUR
SMR
MON
ESP
CAN
FRA
GBR
GER
DNQ
HUN
10
BEL
DNQ
ITA
Ret
POR
15
JPN
DNQ
NC 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Giovanni Lavaggi biography". Formula One Rejects. Retrieved April 29, 2009. 
  2. ^ F1 News > Johnny Carwash makes a comeback
  3. ^ ALTRI PILOTI ITALIANI DELLA SECONDA GUERRA MONDIALE

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