José Luis Di Palma

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José Luis Di Palma (born March 31, 1966), is an Argentine racing driver. He was born in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires province.

Racing career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Di Palma began his professional career racing in the Argentine TC 2000 Championship in 1984. After three years in the series and few notabile results, Di Palma moved to formula car racing in Formula Three Sudamericana in 1987. He finished 8th in points in his rookie season and improved to 7th in 1988. He placed 9th in 1989.

Europe and Indy Lights[edit]

In 1990 Di Palma moved to Europe to race in Formula Opel Lotus Euroseries where he finished 9th. In 1991 he raced in British Formula 3000 for Cobra Motorsport and finished 11th. The series became British Formula 2 in 1991 and Di Palma finished fourth in points for AJS. Di Palma continued with the team in British F2 in 1993 and was runner-up in the championship and captured 2 wins. In 1994 he won the championship driving for Madgwick International, again capturing two wins. The series was not held in 1995 so Di Palma competed in eight races in the American Indy Lights series in 1995 for Leisy McCormack Racing. He finished 19th in points with a best finish of fifth at Toronto. He returned to Indy Lights full-time in 1996, this time driving for Tasman Motorsports. Di Palma finished 9th in points with a best finish of fourth at Belle Isle.[1] Di Palma's Tasman teammates Tony Kanaan and Helio Castroneves finished second and seventh in points, respectively.

Return to South America[edit]

In 1997, Di Palma competed in the South American Super Touring Car Championship and finished eighth and made four starts in Turismo Carretera. He competed in Turismo Carretera full-time in 1998 and finished seventh. In 1999 in the same series he finished fourth. Di Palma continued to race in Turismo Carretera until 2009, also finishing fourth in points in 2001, matching his career best.[2] Di Palma also competed in the Dakar Rally across South America in 2010 and 2011.

Complete motorsports results[edit]

American Open-Wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest race lap)

Indy Lights[edit]

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1995 McCormack Racing MIA
6
PHX LBH NAZ MIL DET
13
POR
7
TOR
5
CLE
15
NHA
13
VAN
20
LS
25
15th 24
1996 Tasman Motorsports MIA
15
LBH
6
NAZ
6
MIS
8
MIL
14
DET
4
POR
11
CLE
7
TOR
8
TRO
11
VAN
6
LS
13
9th 56

Barber Dodge Pro Series[edit]

Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Rank Points
1997 STP
SEB
SAV
LRP
MDO
WGI
MIN
14
MDO
16
ROA
LS
REN
LS
 ???  ???

References[edit]

  1. ^ Jose Luis Di Palma, Champ Car Stats, Retrieved 2011-09-27
  2. ^ José Luis Di Palma - career detail, Driver Database, Retrieved 2011-09-27
Sporting positions
Preceded by
Philippe Adams
British Formula 2 champion
1994
Succeeded by
Gareth Rees (1996)