|Born||18 February 1958|
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Races||10 (7 starts)|
|First race||1995 German Grand Prix|
|Last race||1996 Japanese Grand Prix|
A nobleman by background, 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.
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) by people in the paddock; US talk show host David Letterman helped bring the nickname to popular attention.
Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results
|1989||Porsche Kremer Racing|| Kunimitsu Takahashi
|1990||Team Davey|| Max Cohen-Olivar
|1992||Porsche Kremer Racing|| Manuel Reuter
|1993||Porsche Kremer Racing|| Jürgen Lässig
|2000||Repsol Racing Engineering|| Tomás Saldaña
Jesús Diez Villaroel
|Porsche 911 GT3-R||GT||78||DNF||DNF|
American Open-Wheel racing results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)
PPG Indycar Series
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|1994||Euromotorsports||Lola T9300||Ilmor C||SRF||PHX
|Leader Cards Racing||CLE
Complete Formula One results
|1995||Pacific Grand Prix Ltd||Pacific PR02||Ford V8||BRA
|1996||Minardi Team||Minardi M195B||Ford V8||AUS
- "Giovanni Lavaggi biography". Formula One Rejects. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
- F1 News > Johnny Carwash makes a comeback
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