Juan Manuel Fangio II

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Fangio's 1990 IMSA GTP car

Juan Manuel Fangio II (born September 19, 1956 in Balcarce, Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a former auto racing champion and the nephew of auto racer Juan Manuel Fangio.

Fangio II grew up meeting some of auto racing's most famous champions of his uncle's era. He inherited his uncle's passion for motorsports.

He debuted as a professional auto racer in IMSA in 1985. He had an award winning career, winning two GTP driver's championships, as well as 2 manufacturer titles when he was racing for Toyota and All American Racers. Fangio II further established his legacy in the world of auto racing by winning the prestigious 12 Hours of Sebring two times (as did his uncle), posting 21 GTP wins, and establishing an IMSA record with 19 solo victories. His victories came while driving the Eagle HF89/90 and Eagle MkIII GTP cars.

Fangio II won pole position ten times during his career. He made most of his driving career in the United States and was chosen in 1992 and 1993 as an "All-American" by the American Auto Racing Writers and Broadcasters Association (AARWBA), an organization which also named Fangio their 1992 driver of the year.

His boss, and also a personal friend, was Dan Gurney. While Fangio II also participated in the CART circuit, he did not win any races, a fact that he regretted.

In 1997, Fangio II called Gurney to let him know that he was retiring. He told Gurney, "I have discovered that regardless of what my passion says, despite what I command my mind to do, I am no longer able to give my whole being, my total focus at the exclusion of everything else to this sport that I love. 99% is not enough, I shall stop."

Said Gurney: "A gentleman in a driver's suit with a core of steel exuding an aura of Latin American dignity and honor even in the worst of circumstances will be missing from the grid".

Fangio II currently resides in Balcarce, Argentina.

Career results[edit]

Complete International Formula 3000 results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap.)

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 DC Points
1985 Corbari Italia SIL
THR
Ret
EST
11
VAL
Ret
PAU
Ret
SPA
6
DIJ
14
PER
Ret
ZEL
ZAN
DON
16th 1

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Class No Tyres Car Team Co-Drivers Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1993 C1 38 M Toyota TS010
Toyota RV10 3.5L V10
Japan Toyota Team Tom's United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Netherlands Jan Lammers
353 8th 5th

Complete IMSA GTP results[edit]

(key)

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Rank Points
1989 All American Racers United States
D24
United States
MIA
18
United States
S12
DNS
United States
ATL
United States
WPB
United States
LRP
18
United States
MDO
5
United States
WGI
3
United States
ROA
5
United States
PDX
11
United States
HPT
United States
SAN
2
United States
SON
5
United States
TPA
23
United States
DLM
13th 53
1990 All American Racers United States
D24
35
United States
MIA
United States
S12
25
United States
ATL
3
United States
WPB
13
United States
HPT
1
United States
LRP
5
United States
MDO
15
United States
WGI
11
United States
SON
1
United States
POR
13
United States
ROA
3
United States
SAN
1
United States
TPA
6
United States
DLM
1
4th 115
1991 All American Racers United States
D24
42
United States
WPB
8
United States
S12
18
United States
MIA
25
United States
ATL
DNS
United States
HPT
4
United States
LRP
2
United States
MDO
7
United States
NOR
16
United States
WGI
1
United States
LS
7
United States
POR
1
United States
ROA
19
United States
DLM
1
5th 107
1992 All American Racers United States
D24
11
United States
MIA
14
United States
S12
1
United States
ATL
14
United States
LRP
1
United States
MDO
2
United States
NOR
1
United States
WGI
1
United States
LS
1
United States
POR
2
United States
ROA
1
United States
PHO
1
United States
DLM
19
1st 215
1993 All American Racers United States
D24
27
United States
MIA
1
United States
S12
1
United States
AMS
1
United States
LRP
1
United States
MDO
1
United States
WGI
1
United States
ROA
United States
LS
2
United States
POR
1
United States
PHO
2
1st 183

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Rank Points
1995 PacWest Racing United States
MIA
Australia
SRF
United States
PHX
United States
LBH
United States
NZR
United States
INDY
United States
MIL
United States
DET
United States
POR
United States
ROA
Canada
TOR
United States
CLE
United States
MIS
United States
MDO
7
United States
NHM
15
Canada
VAN
Ret
United States
LS
13
24th 6
1996 All American Racers United States
MIA
Ret
Brazil
RIO
17
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
NZR
Ret
United States
500
Ret
United States
MIL
19
United States
DET
18
United States
POR
14
United States
CLE
13
Canada
TOR
Ret
United States
MIS
14
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
8
Canada
VAN
19
United States
LS
Ret
23rd 5
1997 All American Racers United States
MIA
20
Australia
SRF
Ret
United States
LBH
Ret
United States
NZR
Ret
Brazil
RIO
Ret
United States
STL
Ret
United States
MIL
Ret
United States
DET
10
United States
POR
22
United States
CLE
Ret
Canada
TOR
19
United States
MIS
11
United States
MDO
Ret
United States
ROA
10
Canada
VAN
12
United States
LS
15
United States
FON
Ret
23rd 9

Complete American Le Mans Series results[edit]

Year Entrant Class Chassis Engine Tyres 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 Rank Points
1999 Doyle-Risi Racing LMP Ferrari 333 SP Ferrari F310E 4.0 L V12 P SEB
ovr:6
cls:6
ATL MOS SON POR PET MON LSV 90th 0

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Geoff Brabham
IMSA GT champion
1992-1993
Succeeded by
Wayne Taylor