Henri Pescarolo

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Henri Pescarolo
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Born (1942-09-25) 25 September 1942 (age 71)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality France French
Active years 19681974, 1976
Teams Matra, March, Williams, BRM, privateer Surtees
Races 64 (57 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 12
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1968 Canadian Grand Prix
Last race 1976 United States Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1966–1968, 1970–1999
Teams Equipe Matra (Matra-Simca), Scuderia Filipinetti, Ligier, Inaltera, Martini Racing-Porsche, Rondeau, Joest Racing, Kouros Racing Team, Tom Walkinshaw Racing (Silk Cut Jaguar), Konrad Motorsport, Courage Compétition, La Filière Elf, Pescarolo Sport
Best finish 1st (1972, 1973, 1974, 1984)
Class wins 6 (1972, 1973, 1974, 1976, 1984, 1992)

Henri Pescarolo (born 25 September 1942[1]) is a former racing driver from France. He participated in 64 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on 22 September 1968. He achieved one podium, and scored a total of 12 championship points. He wore a distinctive green helmet, and still has a full-face beard that partially covers burns suffered in a crash.

Henri Pescarolo to this day drives in the yearly Dakar Rally.

After Pescarolo's retirement from Formula 1, he went on to start his own team, which competed until 2012 in the Le Mans Endurance Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he won as a driver four times (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1984). His team, Pescarolo Sport, was notably sponsored by Sony's PlayStation 2 and by Gran Turismo 4. During the five years that Pescarolo has campaigned Courage C60 prototypes, so many modifications have been made to the model that Courage allowed the team to name the car after themselves, such was the differences between their model and the standard C60. In 2005, it was developed further still to meet the "hybrid" regulations, before the change to LMP1/2 format.

Franck Montagny driving the Pescarolo C60 during practice for the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Pescarolo holds the record for Le Mans starts with 33 and has won the race on four occasions as a driver. He has yet to win the race as a team owner, coming very close in 2005 with the Pescarolo C60H. His team did manage to win the LMES championship in the same year. His team was also second at Le Mans in 2006, followed by a third in 2007 behind a pair of diesel-powered prototypes.

Henri Pescarolo is also a keen helicopter pilot.

Racing record[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1966 France Matra Sports France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Matra MS620-BRM P
2.0
35 DNF DNF
1967 France Equipe Matra Sports France Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Matra MS630-BRM P
2.0
55 DNF DNF
1968 France Equipe Matra Sports France Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra MS630 P
3.0
283 DNF DNF
1970 France Equipe Matra-Simca France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Simca MS660 P
3.0
79 DNF DNF
1971 Switzerland Scuderia Filipinetti United Kingdom Mike Parkes Ferrari 512F S
5.0
 ? DNF DNF
1972 France Equipe Matra-Simca Shell United Kingdom Graham Hill Matra-Simca MS670 S
3.0
344 1st 1st
1973 France Equipe Matra-Simca Shell France Gérard Larrousse Matra-Simca MS670B S
3.0
355 1st 1st
1974 France Equipe Gitanes France Gérard Larrousse Matra-Simca MS670C S
3.0
337 1st 1st
1975 France Gitanes Automobiles Ligier France François Migault Ligier JS2-Ford Cosworth S
3.0
146 DNF DNF
1976 France Inaltera France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Inaltera LM-Ford Cosworth GTP 305 8th 1st
1977 Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Belgium Jacky Ickx Porsche 936/77 S
+2.0
45 DNF DNF
1978 Germany Martini Racing Porsche System Belgium Jacky Ickx
Germany Jochen Mass
Porsche 936/78 S
+2.0
255 DNF DNF
1979 France ITT Oceanic Jean Rondeau France Jean-Pierre Beltoise Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth S
+2.0
279 10th 2nd
1980 France ITT Jean Rondeau France Jean Ragnotti Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth S
+2.0
124 DNF DNF
1981 France Oceanic Jean Rondeau France Patrick Tambay Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth 2
+2.0
41 DNF DNF
1982 France Otis Automobiles Jean Rondeau France Jean Ragnotti
France Jean Rondeau
Rondeau M382-Ford Cosworth C 146 DNF DNF
1983 France Ford France Belgium Thierry Boutsen Rondeau M482-Ford Cosworth C 174 DNF DNF
1984 Germany New-Man Joest Racing Germany Klaus Ludwig Porsche 956B C1 360 1st 1st
1985 Italy Martini Lancia Italy Mauro Baldi Lancia LC2-Ferrari C1 358 7th 7th
1986 Switzerland Kouros Racing Team Germany Christian Danner
Austria Dieter Quester
Sauber C8-Mercedes C1 86 DNF DNF
1987 Switzerland Kouros Racing United Kingdom Mike Thackwell
Japan Hideki Okada
Sauber C9-Mercedes C1 123 DNF DNF
1988 United Kingdom Silk Cut Jaguar
United Kingdom Tom Walkinshaw Racing
United Kingdom John Watson
Brazil Raul Boesel
Jaguar XJR-9LM C1 129 DNF DNF
1989 Germany Joest Racing France Claude Ballot-Léna
France Jean-Louis Ricci
Porsche 962C C1 371 6th 6th
1990 Germany Joest Porsche Racing France Jean-Louis Ricci
France Jacques Laffite
Porsche 962C C1 328 14th 14th
1991 Austria Konrad Motorsport
Germany Joest Porsche Racing
Germany Louis Krages
Germany Bernd Schneider
Porsche 962C C2 197 DNF DNF
1992 France Courage Compétition France Bob Wollek
France Jean-Louis Ricci
Cougar C28LM-Porsche C3 335 6th 1st
1993 Germany Joest Porsche Racing France Bob Wollek
Germany Ronny Meixner
Porsche 962C C2 351 9th 4th
1994 France Courage Compétition France Alain Ferté
France Franck Lagorce
Courage C32LM-Porsche LMP1
C90
142 DNF DNF
1995 France Courage Compétition France Franck Lagorce
France Éric Bernard
Courage C41-Chevrolet WSC 26 DNF DNF
1996 France La Filière Elf France Franck Lagorce
France Emmanuel Collard
Courage C36-Porsche LMP1 327 7th 2nd
1997 France La Filière Elf France Jean-Philippe Belloc
France Emmanuel Clérico
Courage C36-Porsche LMP 319 7th 4th
1998 France Courage Compétition France Olivier Grouillard
France Franck Montagny
Courage C36-Porsche LMP1 304 15th 4th
1999 France Pescarolo Promotion Racing Team France Michel Ferté
France Patrice Gay
Courage C50-Porsche LMP 327 9th 8th

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Yr Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Points
1968 Matra Sports Matra MS11 Matra V12 RSA
ESP
MON
BEL
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
ITA
CAN
Ret
USA
DNS
MEX
9
NC 0
1969 Matra Sports Matra MS7 (F2) Cosworth Straight-4 RSA
ESP
MON
NED
FRA
GBR
GER
5
ITA
CAN
USA
MEX
NC 0
1970 Equipe Matra Elf Matra-Simca MS120 Matra V12 RSA
7
ESP
Ret
MON
3
BEL
6
NED
8
FRA
5
GBR
Ret
GER
6
AUT
14
ITA
Ret
CAN
7
USA
8
MEX
9
12th 8
1971 Frank Williams Racing Cars March 701 Cosworth V8 RSA
11
17th 4
March 711 ESP
Ret
MON
8
NED
13
FRA
Ret
GBR
4
GER
Ret
AUT
6
ITA
Ret
CAN
DNS
USA
Ret
1972 Team Williams-Motul March 721 Cosworth V8 ARG
8
RSA
11
ESP
11
MON
Ret
BEL
NC
FRA
DNS
GER
Ret
AUT
DNS
ITA
DNQ
CAN
13
USA
14
NC 0
Politoys FX3 GBR
Ret
1973 STP March Racing Team March 721G/731 Cosworth V8 ARG
BRA
RSA
ESP
8
BEL
MON
SWE
NC 0
Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro IR FRA
Ret
GBR
NED
GER
10
AUT
ITA
CAN
USA
1974 Motul Team BRM BRM P160E BRM V12 ARG
9
BRA
14
RSA
18
ESP
12
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
NED
Ret
NC 0
BRM P201 SWE
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
10
AUT
ITA
Ret
CAN
USA
1976 Team Norev / B&S Fabrications Surtees TS19 Cosworth V8 BRA
RSA
USW
ESP
BEL
MON
DNQ
SWE
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
DNQ
AUT
9
NED
11
ITA
17
CAN
19
USA
NC
JPN
NC 0

See also[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Johnny Servoz-Gavin
French Formula Three
Champion

1967
Succeeded by
François Cevert
Preceded by
Jean-Pierre Beltoise
Monaco Formula Three Support
Race Winner

1967
Succeeded by
Jean-Pierre Jaussaud
Preceded by
Helmut Marko
Gijs van Lennep
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1972 with:
Graham Hill
Succeeded by
Henri Pescarolo
Gérard Larrousse
Preceded by
Henri Pescarolo
Graham Hill
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1973 and 1974 with:
Gérard Larrousse
Succeeded by
Jacky Ickx
Derek Bell
Preceded by
Vern Schuppan
Al Holbert
Hurley Haywood
Winner of the 24 Hours of Le Mans
1984 with:
Klaus Ludwig
Succeeded by
Klaus Ludwig
Paolo Barilla
Louis Krages


References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29.