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Gonzalo Rodríguez (racing driver)

Gonzalo "Gonchi" Rodríguez Bongoll (January 22, 1971 – September 11, 1999), better known as Gonzalo Rodríguez, was an Uruguayan racing driver.

Gonzalo Rodríguez
NationalityUruguayan
BornGonzalo Rodríguez Bongoll
(1971-01-22)January 22, 1971
Montevideo, Uruguay
DiedSeptember 11, 1999(1999-09-11) (aged 28)
Laguna Seca Raceway, Monterey County, California, U.S.
CART Championship Car
Years active1999
TeamsPenske Racing
Starts1
Wins0
Poles0
Previous series
1997–1999
1996–1997
1994–1996
1993
International Formula 3000
British Formula 3000
British Formula Renault
Spanish Formula Renault

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CareerEdit

He showed promise in Formula 3000 for three seasons, taking two wins in 1998 at Spa-Francorchamps and Nürburgring, winning the following season in Monaco and finishing third in both championships. Following a rotation of drivers as team mates to Al Unser Jr. in CART Penske Racing's second car, he was given his opportunity at the Detroit Grand Prix in 1999 and scored a point in his only race.

DeathEdit

At the Laguna Seca Raceway during the qualification session for his second CART race (in 5th place while qualifying), he was fatally injured in a crash. A stuck open throttle was initially thought to be the cause for his car to overshoot the braking point, leave the track and slam into a concrete barrier at the entry of the Corkscrew corner. Review of the in car telemetry refuted this supposition. The impact caused his car to flip over the barrier and land upside down on the other side of the wall. Gonzalo was killed instantly by a basilar skull fracture caused by the impact with the wall, which was lined by only a thin layer of tires. Because of the incident, runoff was installed at the end of the straight.

Gonzalo had a contract in place to compete in the 2000 CART championship with Patrick Racing.

LegacyEdit

In July 2013, Autosport magazine named Rodríguez one of the 50 greatest drivers to have never raced in Formula One, citing both his mental and physical strength, and his race craft.

In 2014, a Spanish-language documentary of his life, Gonchi, was released.[1]

Racing recordEdit

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 11 12 DC Points
1997 Redman & Bright F3000 SIL
DNQ
PAU HEL
Ret
NÜR
6
PER
Ret
HOC
17
A1R
7
SPA MUG
8
JER
Ret
22nd 0.5
1998 Team Astromega OSC
Ret
IMO
3
CAT
21
SIL
Ret
MON
2
PAU
Ret
A1R
4
HOC
11
HUN
7
SPA
1
PER
Ret
NÜR
1
3rd 33
1999 Team Astromega IMO
5
MON
1
CAT
2
MAG
Ret
SIL
15
A1R
DNQ
HOC
4
HUN
Ret
SPA
2
NÜR 3rd 27

Complete American Open Wheel resultsEdit

(key)

CARTEdit

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 Rank Points
1999 Team Penske Lola B99/00 Mercedes-Benz IC108E MIA MOT LBH NZR RIO STL MIL POR CLE ROA TOR MIS DET
12
MDO CHI VAN LS
WD
HOU SRF FON 32nd 1

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Got Netflix? Watch Gonchi September 3, 2015.

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