Toshio Suzuki (racing driver)

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Toshio Suzuki
Born (1955-03-10) 10 March 1955 (age 59)
Formula One World Championship career
Nationality Japan Japanese
Active years 1993
Teams Larrousse
Races 2
Championships 0
Wins 0
Podiums 0
Career points 0
Pole positions 0
Fastest laps 0
First race 1993 Japanese Grand Prix
Last race 1993 Australian Grand Prix
24 Hours of Le Mans career
Participating years 1985-1986, 1988-1990, 1993, 1995-1996, 1998-2000, 2008
Teams Dome, Team LeMans, Tom's, NISMO, TV Asahi Team Dragon, Tōkai University YGK
Best finish 2nd (1999)
Class wins 1 (1999)
NASCAR Nationwide Series career
1 race(s) run over 1 year(s)
Best finish 96th (1996)
First race 1996 Meridian Advantage 200 (Nazareth Speedway)
Wins Top tens Poles
0 0 0

Toshio Suzuki (鈴木 利男 Suzuki Toshio?, born March 10, 1955) is a former racing driver from Saitama Prefecture, Japan.

Racing career[edit]

In youth, he won the All-Japan Kart Championships two times in 1975 and 1976. In 1979, he took the title of the first All-Japan Formula Three Championship.

In 1992, he won the 24 Hours of Daytona with Kazuyoshi Hoshino and Masahiro Hasemi. In the same year, he was runner-up in the Japanese F3000 championship.

Formula One[edit]

In 1993, he participated in two Formula One Grands Prix, standing in for Philippe Alliot at the Larrousse team. Though he scored no championship points, Suzuki finished both races.

After Formula One[edit]

He competed mainly in national championships like Japanese Formula 3000 Championship (later Formula Nippon), Japanese Touring Car Championship (JTCC) and All-Japan Grand Touring Car Championship (JGTC). He also participated into the 24 Hours of Le Mans. In 1996, he made a single start in the NASCAR Busch Series, driving for Joe Bessey at Nazareth Speedway; an accident during the race left him with a concussion.[1]

In 2006, he became director of the R&D SPORT in Super GT to continue the team that Direxiv abandoned.

GT-R[edit]

Most recently,[when?] he worked for Nissan as a test driver to develop the R35 Nissan GT-R.

Motorsports career results[edit]

24 Hours of Le Mans results[edit]

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1985 Japan Dome Team Sweden Eje Elgh
United Kingdom Geoff Lees
Dome 85C-L-Toyota C1 141 DNF DNF
1986 Japan Dome Co. Ltd. Sweden Eje Elgh
Italy Beppe Gabbiani
Dome 86C-L-Toyota C1 296 DNF DNF
1988 Japan Italiya Sport
Japan Team Le Mans
France Michel Trollé
United States Danny Ongais
March 88S-Nissan C1 74 DNF DNF
1989 Japan Nissan Motorsports Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Nissan R89C C1 167 DNF DNF
1990 Japan Nissan Motorsports International Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Nissan R90CP C1 348 5th 5th
1993 Japan Toyota Team Tom's United Kingdom Eddie Irvine
Japan Masanori Sekiya
Toyota TS010 C1 364 4th 4th
1995 Japan NISMO Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Masahiko Kageyama
Nissan Skyline GT-R LM GT1 157 DNF DNF
1996 Japan NISMO Japan Kazuyoshi Hoshino
Japan Masahiro Hasemi
Nissan Skyline GT-R LM GT1 307 15th 10th
1998 Japan Toyota Motorsport
Germany Toyota Team Europe
Japan Ukyo Katayama
Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Toyota GT-One GT1 326 9th 8th
1999 Japan Toyota Motorsport
Germany Toyota Team Europe
Japan Ukyo Katayama
Japan Keiichi Tsuchiya
Toyota GT-One LMGTP 364 2nd 1st
2000 Japan TV Asahi Team Dragon Japan Masami Kageyama
Japan Masahiko Kageyama
Panoz LMP-1 Roadster-S-Élan LMP900 340 6th 6th
2008 Japan Tōkai University
Japan YGK Power
Japan Haruki Kurosawa
Japan Masami Kageyama
Courage-Oreca LC70-YGK LMP1 185 DNF DNF

Formula One[edit]

(key)

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch Series[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Erzar, John (March 20, 1996). "Veteran Trickle earns fourth-place finish". The Times Leader. Wikes-Barre, PA. Retrieved 2013-09-28. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Inaugural
All-Japan Formula Three Champion
1979
Succeeded by
Shuroku Sasaki
Preceded by
Marco Apicella
Japanese Formula 3000 Champion
1995
Succeeded by
Ralf Schumacher
(Formula Nippon)