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Giovanni Lavaggi (born 18 February 1958) is an Italian racing driver.

Giovanni Lavaggi
Born (1958-02-18) 18 February 1958 (age 61)
Augusta, Italy
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityItaly Italian
Active years19951996
TeamsPacific, Minardi
Entries10 (7 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1995 German Grand Prix
Last entry1996 Japanese Grand Prix

A nobleman by background,[1] Lavaggi raised the money to buy ten Formula One Grand Prix drives, for Pacific and Minardi, debuting on July 30, 1995. In 1995 he was the only driver not to finish any of the F1 races that they started. He scored no championship points and was never close to the car's performance limits, being described as "desperately slow" by Jonathan Palmer, although he did well in his forays in sportscar racing.

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Racing careerEdit

Lavaggi's Formula One career started in 1992, when he tested for the March team. In sports cars, he was the 1993 Interserie champion and won the 1995 Daytona 24 Hours, as well as scoring two wins in the FIA Sportscar Championship. Prior to Formula One, Lavaggi made two starts and failed to qualify for two additional races in CART for Euromotorsport and Leader Cards Racing. Lavaggi races under the banner of his own Lavaggi Sport (formerly known as GLV Brums) sportscar racing team, which in 2007 started building and racing its own Le Mans Prototype, the Lavaggi LS1, in the Le Mans Series.

He was nicknamed "Johnny Carwash" (an approximate translation of his name from Italian to English, John Washing[2]) by people in the paddock; US talk show host David Letterman helped bring the nickname to popular attention.[citation needed]

FamilyEdit

His uncle, also called Giovanni Lavaggi, was a war pilot who was killed in 1941 on the same airplane as Italo Balbo.[3] In the city of Catania, Via Giovanni Lavaggi (Giovanni Lavaggi Road) is named after him.[citation needed]

Racing recordEdit

Complete 24 Hours of Le Mans resultsEdit

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1989   Porsche Kremer Racing   Kunimitsu Takahashi
  Bruno Giacomelli
Porsche 962C C1 303 DNF DNF
1990   Team Davey   Max Cohen-Olivar
  Tim Lee-Davey
Porsche 962C C1 306 19th 19th
1992   Porsche Kremer Racing   Manuel Reuter
  John Nielsen
Porsche 962CK6 C3 334 7th 2nd
1993   Porsche Kremer Racing   Jürgen Lässig
  Wayne Taylor
Porsche 962CK6 C2 328 12th 7th
2000   Repsol Racing Engineering   Tomás Saldaña
  Jesús Diez Villaroel
Porsche 911 GT3-R GT 78 DNF DNF

Complete International Formula 3000 resultsEdit

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

Year Entrant 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 DC Points
1991 Crypton Engineering VAL
DNQ
PAU
DNQ
JER
DNQ
MUG
DNQ
PER
Ret
NC 0
Roni Team HOC
DNQ
BRH
DNQ
SPA
DNQ
BUG
DNQ
NOG
12

American Open-Wheel racing resultsEdit

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

PPG Indycar SeriesEdit

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 Rank Points
1994 Euromotorsports Lola T9300 Ilmor C SRF PHX LBH INDY MIL DET
DNQ
POR 38th 0
Leader Cards Racing CLE
30
TOR MCH MDO NHA VAN ROA
15
NAZ LAG
DNQ

Complete Formula One resultsEdit

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 WDC Points
1995 Pacific Grand Prix Ltd Pacific PR02 Ford V8 BRA ARG SMR ESP MON CAN FRA GBR GER
Ret
HUN
Ret
BEL
Ret
ITA
Ret
POR EUR PAC JPN AUS NC 0
1996 Minardi Team Minardi M195B Ford V8 AUS BRA ARG EUR SMR MON ESP CAN FRA GBR GER
DNQ
HUN
10
BEL
DNQ
ITA
Ret
POR
15
JPN
DNQ
NC 0

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Giovanni Lavaggi biography". Formula One Rejects. Archived from the original on May 13, 2008. Retrieved April 29, 2009.
  2. ^ Johnny Carwash makes a comeback
  3. ^ ALTRI PILOTI ITALIANI DELLA SECONDA GUERRA MONDIALE

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