Roberto Moreno

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Roberto Moreno
Roberto Bud suite 97.tif
Moreno in 1997
Born (1959-02-11) 11 February 1959 (age 55)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Brazil Brazilian
Active years 1982, 1987, 19891992, 1995
Teams Lotus, AGS, Coloni, EuroBrun, Benetton, Jordan, Minardi, Andrea Moda and Forti
Races 77 (42 starts)
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 1
Career points 15
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 1
First race 1982 Dutch Grand Prix
Last race 1995 Australian Grand Prix
Roberto Moreno
CART & Champ Car World Series
Years active 1985–1986, 1996–2001, 2003, 2007
Teams Galles Racing
Payton/Coyne Racing
Bettenhausen Motorsports
Newman/Haas Racing
Project Indy
PacWest Racing
Patrick Racing
Herdez Competition
Pacific Coast Motorsports
Starts 120
Wins 2
Poles 2
Best champ.
finish
3rd in 2000
Previous series
1980
1981–1982
1983
1984
1984–1985
1985–1988
1992
1993
1999, 2006–2007
2005, 2007
British Formula Ford 1600
British Formula Three
North American Formula Mundial
Formula Two
Japanese Formula Two
Formula 3000
Italian Superturismo Championship
French Touring Car
IRL IndyCar Series
Rolex Sports Car Series
Championship titles
1980
1980
1982
1988
British Formula Ford 1600 champion
Formula Ford Festival winner
Macau Grand Prix winner
International Formula 3000 champion

Roberto Pupo Moreno (born February 11, 1959 in Rio de Janeiro[1]), usually known as Roberto Moreno and also as Pupo Moreno, is a racing driver from Brazil. He participated in 75 Formula One Grands Prix, achieved 1 podium, and scored a total of 15 championship points. He raced in CART in 1986, and was Formula 3000 champion (in 1988) before joining Formula One full-time in 1989. He returned to CART in 1996 and raced full-time until 2003. Recently he has driven as a temporary substitute and test driver in both Champ Car and IndyCar.

Moreno was known as the "Super Sub" late in his career as he was used to replace injured drivers several times.

Career[edit]

Substitute[edit]

Moreno stood in for Nigel Mansell at Lotus at the 1982 Dutch Grand Prix after Mansell broke his wrist in the previous Grand Prix at Canada. Underprepared, Moreno failed to qualify. It took his reputation a while to recover from this poor showing, but in 1987 he was called up to replace Pascal Fabre for the AGS team at the 1987 Japanese Grand Prix. In the following Australian Grand Prix, he drove the ungainly JH22 to 6th place for his, and the team's, first-ever point.

In this period, Moreno (who like his friend Nelson Piquet was managed by Australian Greg "Pee Wee" Siddle) was a popular triple winner of the Australian Grand Prix in 1981, 1983 and 1984, before it became a Formula One World Championship race from 1985. He often defeated current or past World Drivers' Champions to win the AGP, including Piquet, Alan Jones, Niki Lauda and Keke Rosberg, as well as other F1 drivers such as Jacques Laffite and Andrea de Cesaris. In the only AGP he competed in but didn't win (1982), he finished third behind future four time World Champion Alain Prost, and Ligier F1 driver Laffite. In all of his pre-F1 Australian Grand Prix drives, Moreno drove a Formula Pacific or Formula Mondial Ralt RT4 powered by a 1.6 litre Ford 4cyl engine.

Full-time Formula One[edit]

Following his Formula 3000 Championship in 1988 (in which he drove a Reynard to the championship in the marque's first season in the formula), he signed a testing contract with Ferrari, who helped him land a racing drive with Coloni. The car was never competitive, however, and Moreno only made the grid four times.

Initially, 1990 seemed to be even less promising, with Moreno signing for the nosediving EuroBrun outfit, qualifying for just 2 out of 14 races. However, shortly after being informed the team would not be competing in the last two rounds of the season, he was contacted by Benetton to drive their second car, with Alessandro Nannini having lost a hand in a helicopter crash. Moreno finished an excellent 2nd on his Benetton debut in the 1990 Japanese Grand Prix, behind childhood friend and team-mate Nelson Piquet, although this result was helped by most other top cars dropping out, Alain Prost and Ayrton Senna famously colliding at the first corner.

Moreno driving for Benetton at the 1991 United States Grand Prix.

For 1991, Benetton signed Moreno full-time. However, the Benetton B191, on Pirelli tyres, was not as competitive as anticipated, and Moreno's best results were 4th place at the Monaco Grand Prix and the Belgian Grand Prix (a race in which he set the fastest lap). The latter would be his last race for the team before he was controversially paid off and dropped in favour of Michael Schumacher. There are rumours to this day that Moreno was purposely driving within himself for the whole season in order to not show Piquet up. As it was, Moreno was offered the vacant Jordan drive for the 1991 Italian Grand Prix and the following race in Portugal, and raced for Minardi in the final race of the season, but Formula One seemed to have passed him by.

For the 1992 season, he found himself back with the minnows, signing for Andrea Moda. The outfit had risen from the ashes of Coloni, and after two non-starting races with Alex Caffi and Enrico Bertaggia, decided to start over with Moreno and Perry McCarthy. Moreno and McCarthy faced an uphill struggle, with the uncompetitive team scrambling to even get to most races. Moreno would only qualify the under-tested, under-funded car once, for the Monaco Grand Prix, before the team collapsed following team owner Andrea Sassetti's arrest at the Belgian Grand Prix.

An assortment of drives[edit]

Moreno spent his last season of Formula One with the Forti team.

He spent the next two years racing Italian and French Touring Cars, and also attempted to qualify for the 1994 Indianapolis 500. 1995 saw a return to Formula One, with the ambitious Forti team. Moreno's Brazilian heritage helped him land the drive. Sadly, their car was laughably slow, and Moreno's best result was 14th in the Belgian Grand Prix. He would exit Formula One crashing into the pitlane wall at the Australian Grand Prix.

Champ Cars[edit]

1996 would see Moreno resume his Champ Car career, as he raced a Payton-Coyne Lola-Ford, finishing 3rd at Michigan. For 1997 he drove for three teams, earning the nickname "Supersub", with his best result of 5th at Detroit in a Newman-Haas Swift-Ford. 1998 was more barren, with just three drives, though he came 6th at Twin Ring Motegi in the Project Indy Reynard Motorsport-Mercedes. The following season again saw him take two different cars (Newman/Haas and PacWest), with two 4th places his best. In 1999 he also made his first Indy Racing League start at Phoenix International Raceway finishing 6th and returned to the Indianapolis 500 after a 13 year absence finishing 20th for Truscelli Team Racing. 2000 finally saw him land a full-time drive in the Patrick Racing Reynard Motorsport-Ford, and he led the series for much of the distance, eventually ranking 3rd overall.

Moreno won his first Champ Car race at Cleveland, and in a scene scarcely seen in motor racing, the emotional Moreno wept openly. It had been his first race victory since his Formula 3000 victory twelve years earlier. He won again for Patrick Racing at Vancouver the following year, but was less consistent and dropped to 13th in the standings.

In 2003 he drove for Herdez Competition, taking his Lola-Cosworth to 2nd at Miami, and announced his retirement from motorsport at the end of the year.

In August 2006, Moreno became the first driver to test the new Panoz-built Champ Car. According to former series champion Paul Tracy, "[Moreno's] a guy who's not going to go out there and make mistakes and go off the road. They need to put miles on the car and run it fairly quickly, and he's the perfect guy for the job."[2]

After running thousands of miles of testing in the Panoz DP01, Moreno got a chance to race it at the 2007 Grand Prix of Houston, substituting for the injured Alex Figge at Pacific Coast Motorsports.[3]

IndyCar Series[edit]

Practicing for the 2007 Indianapolis 500

In 2006, after contesting one Brazilian Stock Car race at Jacarepagua, he ran the IndyCar race at St. Petersburg, Florida, substituting for Ed Carpenter of Vision Racing.

Roberto drove as a replacement for an injured Stéphan Grégoire at the 2007 Indianapolis 500 for Chastain Motorsports. He crashed the car early in the race and finished in last place.

Helmet[edit]

Moreno's helmet has traditionally been yellow, with blue, red, and white wings adorning the visor, sides, and chin area. Written on the lower portion of the helmet is the name "Moreno." Later versions of his helmet have included blue cylindrical designs along with the wings. His helmets are designed by Sid Mosca.

Race results[edit]

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

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

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Pos Pts
1984 Ralt Racing Ltd. Ralt Honda SIL
2
HOC
1
THR
Ret
VAL
2
MUG
Ret
PAU
3
HOC
Ret
MIS
NC
PER
2
DON
1
BRH
3
2nd 44

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 Barron Racing SIL
6
THR
Ret
EST
5
VAL
9
PAU SPA DIJ PER ZEL ZAN DON 15th 3
1986 Bromley Motorsport SIL VAL PAU SPA IMO MUG PER ZEL BIR
10
BUG JAR NC 0
1987 Ralt Racing Ltd. SIL
3
VAL
11
SPA
3
PAU
10
DON
4
PER
1
BRH
3
BIR
2
IMO
5
BUG
9
JAR
Ret
3rd 30
1988 Bromley Motorsport JER
Ret
VAL
4
PAU
1
SIL
1
MNZ
1
PER
Ret
BRH
Ret
BIR
1
BUG
5
ZOL
5
DIJ
Ret
1st 43

Complete Formula One results[edit]

(key) (races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1982 John Player Lotus Lotus 91 Cosworth V8 RSA BRA USW SMR BEL MON DET CAN NED
DNQ
GBR FRA GER AUT SUI ITA CPL NC 0
1987 Team AGS AGS JH22 Cosworth V8 BRA SMR BEL MON DET FRA GBR GER HUN AUT ITA POR ESP MEX JPN
Ret
AUS
6
19th 1
1989 Coloni SpA Coloni FC188B Cosworth V8 BRA
DNQ
SMR
DNQ
MON
Ret
MEX
DNQ
USA
DNQ
NC 0
Coloni C3 CAN
Ret
FRA
DNQ
GBR
Ret
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
POR
Ret
ESP
DNPQ
JPN
DNPQ
AUS
DNPQ
1990 EuroBrun Racing EuroBrun ER189 Judd V8 USA
13
BRA
DNPQ
SMR
Ret
MON
DNQ
CAN
DNQ
10th 6
EuroBrun ER189B MEX
EX
FRA
DNPQ
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNPQ
BEL
DNPQ
ITA
DNPQ
POR
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
Benetton Formula Benetton B190 Ford V8 JPN
2
AUS
7
1991 Camel Benetton Ford Benetton B190B Ford V8 USA
Ret
BRA
7
10th 8
Benetton B191 SMR
13
MON
4
CAN
Ret
MEX
5
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
8
HUN
8
BEL
4
Team 7UP Jordan Jordan 191 ITA
Ret
POR
10
ESP JPN
Minardi Team Minardi M191 Ferrari V12 AUS
16
1992 Andrea Moda Formula Andrea Moda S921 Judd V10 RSA MEX BRA
DNPQ
ESP
DNPQ
SMR
DNPQ
MON
Ret
CAN
DNPQ
FRA
DNA
GBR
DNPQ
GER
DNPQ
HUN
DNQ
BEL
DNQ
ITA
DNP
POR JPN AUS NC 0
1995 Parmalat Forti Ford Forti FG01 Ford V8 BRA
Ret
ARG
NC
SMR
NC
ESP
Ret
MON
Ret
CAN
Ret
FRA
16
GBR
Ret
GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
14
ITA
Ret
POR
17
EUR
Ret
PAC
16
JPN
Ret
AUS
Ret
NC 0

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

(key)

CART/Champ Car[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 Rank Points
1985 Galles Racing LBH INDY MIL POR MEA
Ret
CLE MIS1 ROA
Ret
POC MDO
Ret
SAN MIS2 LS
Ret
PHX MIA
5
28th 10
1986 Galles Racing PHX1
Ret
LBH
Ret
INDY
Ret
MIL
13
POR
Ret
MEA
Ret
CLE
Ret
TOR
Ret
MIS1
6
POC
10
MDO
Ret
SAN MIS2
6
ROA
Ret
LS
Ret
PHX2
10
MIA
Ret
16th 30
1994 Arizona Motorsport SRF PHX LBH INDY
DNQ
MIL DET POR CLE TOR MIS MDO NHM VAN ROA NZR LS NC 0
1996 Payton/Coyne Racing MIA
27
RIO
9
SRF
12
LBH
8
NZR
24
500
3
MIL
25
DET
23
POR
19
CLE
14
TOR
23
MIS
23
MDO
23
ROA
22
VAN
27
LS
12
21st 25
1997 Payton/Coyne Racing MIA
24
SRF                               19th 16
Newman/Haas Racing     LBH
24
NZR
14
RIO
18
GAT
25
MIL
10
DET
5
POR CLE TOR MIS MDO ROA      
Bettenhausen Racing                             VAN
15
LS
10
FON
1998 Project CART MIA
15
MOT
26
LBH NZR RIO GAT                           31st 0
Newman/Haas Racing             MIL
24
DET POR CLE TOR MIS MDO ROA VAN LAG HOU SRF FON
1999 PacWest Racing MIA MOT LBH NZR RIO
11
STL
4
MIL
12
POR
7
CLE
8
ROA
19
TOR
4
MIS
19
                14th 58
Newman/Haas Racing                         DET
14
MDO
16
CHI
9
VAN
15
LS
2
HOU SRF FON
2000 Patrick Racing MIA
2
LBH
9
RIO
6
MOT
3
NZR
14
MIL
5
DET
17
POR
2
CLE
1*
TOR
13
MIS
23
CHI
6
MDO
11
ROA
4
VAN
10
LS
25
STL
3
HOU
11
SRF
19
FON
2
3rd 147
2001 Patrick Racing MTY
27
LBH
11
TXS
NH
NZR
12
MOT
10
MIL
15
DET
3
POR
2
CLE
8
TOR
11
MIS
12
CHI
20
MDO
6
ROA
11
VAN
1
LAU
23
ROC
13
HOU
22
LS
22
SRF
22*
FON
19
13th 76
2003 Herdez Competition STP
5
MTY
6
LBH
17
BRH
7
LAU
10
MIL
19
LS
15
POR
9
CLE
18
TOR
6
VAN
17
ROA
7
MDO
19
MTL
7
DEN
16
MIA
2
MXC SRF
16
13th 67
2007 Pacific Coast Motorsports LVG LBH HOU
12
POR CLE MTT TOR EDM SJO ROA ZOL ASN SRF MXC 22nd 9

IndyCar[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
1999 Truscelli Racing WDW PHX
6
CLT
C
INDY
20
TXS PPIR ATL DOV PPI2 LVS TX2 29th 38
2006 Vision Racing HMS STP
18
MOT INDY WGL TXS RIR KAN NSH MIL MIS KTY SNM CHI 30th 12
2007 Chastain Motorsports HMS STP MOT KAN INDY
33
MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO MIS KTY SNM DET CHI 36th 10
2008 Minardi Team USA
HVM Racing
HMS STP MOT1
DNP
LBH1
17
KAN INDY MIL TXS IOW RIR WGL NSH MDO EDM KTY SNM DET CHI SRF2 NC
1 Run on same day.
2 Non-points race.

Indianapolis 500[edit]

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1986 Lola T86/00 Cosworth 32 19 Galles Racing
1994 Lola T94/00 Ford-Cosworth DNQ Arizona Motorsport
1999 G-Force Oldsmobile 23 20 Truscelli Racing
2007 Panoz Honda 31 33 Chastain Motorsports

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jenkins, Richard. "The World Championship drivers - Where are they now?". OldRacingCars.com. Retrieved 2007-07-29. 
  2. ^ Kirby, Gordon, Gordon Kirby's Inside Track, ChampCarWorldSeries.com, August 1, 2006
  3. ^ Moreno to Replace Figge in Houston, SpeedTV.com, April 21, 2007

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Don Macleod
Formula Ford Festival Winner
1980
Succeeded by
Tommy Byrne
Preceded by
Alan Jones
Australian Grand Prix Winner
1981
Succeeded by
Alain Prost
Preceded by
Bob Earl
Macau Grand Prix Winner
1982
Succeeded by
Ayrton Senna
Preceded by
Alain Prost
Australian Grand Prix Winner
1983 & 1984
Succeeded by
Keke Rosberg
Preceded by
Stefano Modena
International Formula 3000 Champion
1988
Succeeded by
Jean Alesi