André Ribeiro (racing driver)

André Ribeiro (Portuguese pronunciation: [ˈɐndrɛ ˈʁibeiʁo]) (January 18, 1966 – May 22, 2021)[1] was a Brazilian racing driver who raced in CART from 1995 through 1998, where he claimed three wins.

André Ribeiro
Andreribeiro-cart-1995.jpg
André Ribeiro in 1995.
NationalityBrazilian
BornAndré Ribeiro da Cunha Pereira
(1966-01-18)January 18, 1966
São Paulo, Brazil
DiedMay 22, 2021(2021-05-22) (aged 55)
Cause of deathColorectal cancer
Champ Car career
69 races run over 4 years
Years active1995-1998
Team(s)No. 31 (Tasman Motorsports; 1995-1997)
No. 3 (Team Penske; 1998)
Best finish11th (1996)
First race1995 Marlboro Grand Prix of Miami (Bicentennial Park)
Last race1998 Marlboro 500 (California)
First win1995 New England 200 (New Hampshire)
Last win1996 Marlboro 500 (Michigan)
Wins Podiums Poles
3 4 2
Previous series
1990
1991-1993
1994
Formula Opel
British Formula Three Championship
Indy Lights
Statistics current as of May 31, 2021.

CareerEdit

Ribeiro started his career in karting and he finished second in the Paulista Kart Championship, Brazil's national karting championship, for three consecutive years between 1986 and 1988. In 1989 he moved to compete in Formula Ford finishing third in his debut season in Brazil's national Formula Three Championship. In 1990 he moved to Formula Opel where he competed for Team Lotus Nederland. In 1991 he moved to British Formula 3 where he drove first for Paul Stewart Racing and then Fortec Motorsport. In 1994 he drove in Indy Lights for Tasman Motorsports finishing second in his debut 1994 season where he won four races.

Ribeiro remained with Tasman Motorsports when he moved to CART in 1995 and would remain with them until 1997. He finished 18th at the 1995 Indianapolis 500, and got a win at New hampshire.[2] In 1996 he won two oval races at his homeland Jacarepaguá and at the Michigan summer race, and finished fourth at the U.S. 500. The driver ranked fourth in points. In 1997 he scored a third place finish at Toronto and a fourth place at Laguna Seca. For the 1998 season Ribeiro remained in CART but moved to Team Penske, where he scored just 13 points with no top 5s. He retired at the end of the 1998 season.

The Brazilian received an offer to work with Roger Penske in South America, with United Auto, running over 15 car dealerships in São Paulo.[3] He also promoted the Brazilian Formula Renault and Renault Clio Cup together with Pedro Paulo Diniz.

Ribeiro died on 22 May 2021, aged 55, from colorectal cancer.[1][4]

Racing recordEdit

American open–wheel racing resultsEdit

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

Indy LightsEdit

Year Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 Rank Points
1994 Tasman Motorsports PHX
4
LBH
20
MIL
17
DET
4
POR
1
CLE
5
TOR
2
MDO
1
NHA
2
VAN
1
NAZ
2
LS
1
2nd 170
Source:[5]

CARTEdit

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 Rank Points
1995 Tasman Motorsports Reynard 95i Honda HRX V8t MIA
21
SRF
23
PHX
26
LBH
12
NZR
11
17th 38
Honda HRH V8t INDY
18
MIL
25
DET
18
POR
14
ROA
4
TOR
13
CLE
27
MIS
21
MDO
27
NHA
1
VAN
23
LS
26
1996 Tasman Motorsports Lola T96/00 Honda HRH V8t MIA
16
RIO
1
SRF
8
LBH
27
NZR
12
500
4
MIL
8
DET
24
POR
7
CLE
20
TOR
21
MIS
1
MDO
8
ROA
19
VAN
21
LS
19
11th 76
1997 Tasman Motorsports Lola T97/00 Honda HRR V8t MIA
12
SRF
6
LBH
14
NZR
26
RIO
15
STL
10
MIL
26
DET
25
POR
13
14th 45
Reynard 97i CLE
14
TOR
3
MIS
23
MDO
10
ROA
22
VAN
10
LS
4
FON
17
1998 Penske Racing Penske PC-27 Mercedes-Benz IC108E V8t MIA
17
MOT
9
LBH
22
NZR
DNQ
RIO
22
STL
20
MIL
18
DET
16
POR
15
CLE
22
TOR
23
MIS
28
MDO
10
ROA
25
VAN
7
LS
14
HOU
17
SRF
13
FON
28
22nd 13
Sources:[5][6]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Cuenca, Pedro Luis (May 23, 2021). "André Ribeiro morre aos 55 anos vítima de câncer no intestino". Terra.com.br (in Portuguese).
  2. ^ André Ribeiro biography Archived June 12, 2007, at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ UAB Motors Archived August 12, 2008, at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Malsher-Lopez, David (May 23, 2021). "Former Indy car star Andre Ribeiro dies of cancer aged 55". Motorsport.com. Motorsport Network. Retrieved May 23, 2021.
  5. ^ a b "Andre Ribeiro". Motor Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2021.
  6. ^ "André Ribeiro". Champ Car Stats. Retrieved 24 May 2021.

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