Gian Paolo Dallara

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Gian Paolo Dallara in 2014
Gian Paolo Dallara (right) with Giotto Bizzarrini (left) and Ferruccio Lamborghini (center) in 1963

Gian Paolo Dallara (born 16 November 1936) is an Italian businessman and motorsports engineer. He is the owner of Dallara Motorsports, a company that develops racing cars.[1]

Biography[edit]

Dallara was born in Parma.

Automotive and motorsport[edit]

He graduated from Politecnico di Milano university, majoring in aeronautical engineering.[1] He joined Ferrari in 1960, and next year moved to Maserati. In 1963 he was hired by Lamborghini as their chief designer, where he (along with Paolo Stanzani, and Bob Wallace) designed the chassis of the Lamborghini Espada and Miura.[2] In 1969 he started to design race cars for Frank Williams, founder and manager of the WilliamsF1 Formula One team.

In 1972, Dallara founded and established Dallara Automobili in Parma, Italy. Starting from 1974, Dallara and his company started designing a Formula One car, the Iso-Marlboro IR, for the Williams Team.[3] Another project included designing a race car to Formula 3 standards. This resulted in victories in Italy, France, England, Switzerland, Germany, Japan, United States, Russia, and Austria.

In 1997 Dallara and his company expanded into IndyCar racing, with many victories from 1998 until 2003.[4] Dallara later branched out into F1 projects in the mid-1990s, but by the end of 1998, Honda, coming to the new project as full constructor, called on Dallara to design the new F1 chassis for BAR-Honda.[5] Later Honda cancelled this project.

Begin in 2000, after the cancellation of the Honda project, Dallara embarked on a new project. He and his team were to build a race car for French team, Oreca in Le Mans series. In the August 2004, it was announced that Dallara and his team were signed by Alex Shnaider to build a chassis for the erstwhile Jordan team, Midland.[6] Later, Dallara brought along Gary Anderson to handle this project. But by mid-2005, Dallara pulled out from the project.

In 2009, Dallara and his team began a project building an F1 chassis for the new team, Campos Grand Prix, known now as Hispania.[7]

Association Football[edit]

In 2015 Dallara became investor in the phoenix club Parma Calcio 1913 along with Guido Barilla and Mauro Del Rio.[8][9]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dallara profile, Zoominfo Business People Information
  2. ^ "Gianpaolo Dallara | This is timpelen.com - a website dedicated to Automobili Lamborghini". Timpelen.com. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  3. ^ "F1 News - Grandprix.com > GP Encyclopedia > People > Giampaolo Dallara". Grandprix.com. 10 March 2007. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  4. ^ Dallara profile in IndyCar Archived 16 November 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. ^ "8W - What? - Honda RC101". Forix.autosport.com. Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  6. ^ Midland MF1 Team profile
  7. ^ Dallara says F1 challenge fascinating
  8. ^ Smith, Rory. "Fallen giants of Italian football begin to stir". Retrieved 7 June 2017. 
  9. ^ "Parma Calcio 1913 unveiled, 'new chapter' begins for club says Barilla". ESPNFC.com. Retrieved 7 June 2017.