Jo Ramírez

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Ramírez and the second or maternal family name is Fernández.
Jo Ramírez
Born Joaquín Ramírez Fernández
(1941-08-20) August 20, 1941 (age 73)
Mexico City, Mexico
Nationality Mexican
Other names Jo
Education UNAM
Occupation F1 Mechanic, Author
Known for Team McLaren Coordinator (1984–2001)
Religion Catholic
Spouse(s) Bea Ramírez
Children Ana Vanessa
Ramírez (right), at a Scuderia Rodríguez event

Joaquín "Jo" Ramírez Fernández (born August 20, 1941, Mexico City) is an author and retired employee of several sports car racing teams. From 1984 to 2001 Ramírez was coordinator of the McLaren Formula One team, including during the infamous Prost / Senna clash of the late-1980s.

Early life[edit]

The third of eight children, Ramírez was born in Mexico City and studied mechanical engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). Contrary to his father desires he dropped out in 1960 to follow his friend Ricardo Rodríguez to Europe. When Rodríguez died in a racing crash in the Mexican GP in 1962, Ramírez took a job in Maserati first and later in Lamborghini's as a mechanic of their new line of high performance road cars. Ramírez is fluent in Spanish, English, Italian and Portuguese.

Formula One career[edit]

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.[1]

In December 1983 Ramírez joined the front-running McLaren Formula One operation as Team Coordinator, becoming close friends with many top drivers including Alain Prost, Ayrton Senna †, Jackie Stewart, François Cevert †, David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen.

In 2001, after more than 40 years Ramírez retired from the Great Circus and was advised by McLaren team manager Ron Dennis not to write his life story as no one would be interested. Ramírez was left in little doubt that Dennis' true aim was to stop any undesirable details of the team's inner workings from becoming public. As a parting gift from F1 David Coulthard and Mika Häkkinen gave him a Harley-Davidson Road King.

Jo Ramírez statistics[2]

(†) Driver dies on racing activity.

After Formula One[edit]

In 2005 published his life story, to the interest of many Formula One fans. Jo Ramirez: Memoirs of a racing man.

Ramírez also has wrote the foreword of some books like: The Brothers Rodríguez,[3] 2007 and La Carrera Panamericana: "The World's Greatest Road Race!",[4] 2008.

During F1 seasons Ramírez has a column in the Mexican newspaper Reforma.

Ramírez was a great support and inspiration to Mexicans talents like Adrián Fernández, Salvador Durán, Checo Pérez and Esteban Gutiérrez.

Carrera Panamericana[edit]

After his retirement from F1, Ramírez has participated in the Carrera Panamericana, including the fourth place in the A+ Historic category in 2010 in a Volvo.[5]

In the 2012 edition Ramírez and his co-driver Alberto "Beto" Cruz got the podium with a third place in the category of A+ Historic 2,000 cc. Ramírez drove his Volvo P-1800 of Scuderia Telmex and concludes on the 50th overall with a time of 5h.55m.3.1s.[6][7] [8]

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