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Moisés Solana Arciniega (December 26, 1935 – July 27, 1969) was a racing driver from Mexico. He participated in eight Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on October 27, 1963, and scoring no championship points. He also participated in one non-Championship Formula One race. He also took part in Formula Two in 1968 with Team Lotus at the Jarama Circuit near Madrid, Spain. His first racing events were in a 1954 special (the "Solana Sports"), built by Javiér Solana.[1] Solana was also a proficient Jai alai player and his racing career was partly funded by this.[2]

Moisés Solana
Born(1935-12-26)26 December 1935
Died27 July 1969(1969-07-27) (aged 33)
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityMexico Mexican
Active years19631968
TeamsCooper, Lotus,
Non-works BRM
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1963 Mexican Grand Prix
Last entry1968 Mexican Grand Prix

In 1968, Solana tested a Formula Two car for Ferrari. He also drove for Lola and McLaren in the USRRC/Can-Am series between 1966 and 1968, and in March 1968 he won the first point-scoring race of the USRRC Group 7 series in the first international race in Mexico City. He still holds all the records in the Mexican road race categories and those at the Mexican Magdalena Mixhuca circuit.[citation needed]

He was the only driver in the history of the Formula One World Championship to start a race in a number 13 car (Divina Galica, in the 1976 British Grand Prix, also attempted a race with the number, but failed to qualify), something he did for BRM on his Formula One debut in the 1963 Mexican Grand Prix until Pastor Maldonado adopted 13 as his permanent number in 2014. Solana was a classified finisher in 11th despite his engine having failed eight laps short of the chequered flag.[3]

On July 27, 1969, Solana was killed in the Hillclimb Valle de Bravo-Bosencheve in Mexico, in a fatal accident after his McLaren went wide in a bend and hit a concrete trimming on the edge of the road, overturning the car which landed on top of him and caught fire. The Solana family is still very active in motor racing and manufactures hand made sports cars on a mostly one-off basis.[1][4]

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  1. ^ a b Samperio, Gilberto (February 1997). "Solana Sport Serie II: Tradición familiar" [Family tradition]. Automovil Panamericano (in Spanish): 58.
  2. ^ Small, Steve (1994). The Guinness Complete Grand Prix Who's Who. Guinness. p. 355. ISBN 0851127029.
  3. ^ "Google". Retrieved 7 August 2018.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-07-22. Retrieved 2013-03-26.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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