13 October 1899|
Scurzolengo d'Asti, Piedmont, Italy
|Died||7 November 1975
Victoria, Buenos Aires, Argentina
|Formula One World Championship career|
|Races||1 (0 starts)|
|First race||1952 Italian Grand Prix|
|Last race||1952 Italian Grand Prix|
Piero Dusio (13 October 1899 – 7 November 1975) was an Italian soccer player, businessman and racing driver.
Dusio was born at Scurzolengo, province of Asti. His active soccer career (three games for Juventus 1921–22) ended in a knee injury, after which he started a textile business (oil cloth), which evolved into sporting goods as well as becoming supplier of military uniforms.
He raced in the Mille Miglia (1929–38), was sixth in 1936 Italian Grand Prix, winning a class victory (50th overall) in Mille Miglia in a Siata 500cc (1937), and formed the Scuderia Torino (1939). He commissioned Dante Giacosa of Fiat to develop a racing car (1944), and formed the "Consorzio Industriale Sportiva Italia" (1944). The firm became Cisitalia and involved Carlo Abarth, Rudolf Hruska and Ferry Porsche. Dusio won in the Giovanni Savonuzzi-completed car's premiere race at 1946 Turin Grand Prix (the Coppa Brezzi).
Dusio continued financing racing car projects, but the expenses in engineering the complex 202MM almost ruined Cisitalia (1947), as well as involved the Juventus corporation (where Dusio was president 1941-1947). Consequently, Dusio moved to Argentina and established Autoar (Automotores Argentinos) S.A.I.C. (22 March 1949), financially supported by Juan Peron. His son, Carlo Dusio continued to run a refinanced Cisitalia company in Torino (1948–1964).
Dusio tried but failed to qualify for one Formula One World Championship Grand Prix (Italy 1952) with a Cisitalia D46, but he failed to set a time in practice due to engine problems. He raced in the Buenos Aires Grand Prix in 1954, and also started Cisitalia Argentina Industrial y Comercial SA, planning cars such as the Cisitalia 750 (1960).
He died at Buenos Aires in 1975.
Complete Formula One World Championship results
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