Pete Lovely

Gerard Carlton "Pete" Lovely (April 11, 1926 – May 15, 2011) was a racecar driver and businessman from the United States. He was born in Livingston, Montana.

Pete Lovely
Born(1926-04-11)April 11, 1926
Livingston, Montana
DiedMay 15, 2011(2011-05-15) (aged 85)
Tacoma, Washington
Formula One World Championship career
NationalityUnited States American
Active years19591960, 19691971
TeamsLotus (mostly as privateer), non-works Cooper
Entries11 (7 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First entry1959 Monaco Grand Prix
Last entry1971 United States Grand Prix

Racing careerEdit

On November 9, 1957, Lovely won the first ever race held at Laguna Seca, driving a Ferrari.[1] Lovely participated in 11 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on May 10, 1959. He scored no championship points. He was best known in his Formula One career for racing various private Lotus cars in World Championship events (usually entered under the banner of 'Pete Lovely Volkswagen') including a hybrid made from a Lotus 69 Formula Two car fitted with a Formula One-specification, 3.0L Cosworth DFV V8 engine. After his retirement from Formula One he was an entrant in various kinds of racing in the USA until the 1980s. Lovely's racing career spanned more than 50 years, and he continued to participate in Vintage and Historic events into the 2000s.

Business careerEdit

Lovely opened "Pete Lovely Volkswagen", a Volkswagen dealership in Fife, Washington in 1954 and ran it for 34 years. He also owned "Pete Lovely Racing" which restored vintage race cars.[2]

Pete's only son, Chris, began working on Pete's cars at a young age and went on to become a highly respected mechanic in Can-Am, CART, Champ Car and IndyCar, working for championship-winning teams.

Racing recordEdit

Complete Formula One World Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 WDC Pts
1959 Team Lotus Lotus 16 Climax FPF 2.5 L4 MON
DNQ
500 NED FRA GBR GER POR ITA USA NC 0
1960 Fred Armbruster Cooper T51 Ferrari 107 2.5 L4 ARG MON 500 NED BEL FRA GBR POR ITA USA
11
NC 0
1969 Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. Lotus 49B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN
7
USA
Ret
MEX
9
NC 0
1970 Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. Lotus 49B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA ESP MON BEL NED
DNQ
FRA
DNQ
GBR
NC
GER AUT ITA CAN USA
DNQ
MEX NC 0
1971 Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. Lotus 69 Special Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER AUT ITA CAN
NC
USA
NC
NC 0

Complete Formula One Non-Championship resultsEdit

(key)

Year Team Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1959 Team Lotus Lotus 16 Climax FPF 2.5 L4 GLV AIN INT
15
OUL SIL
1969 Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. Lotus 49B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC
6
INT
Ret
MAD OUL
1970 Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. Lotus 49B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC
Ret
INT
13
OUL
1971 Pete Lovely Volkswagen Inc. Lotus 49B Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG ROC QUE
DNQ
SPR INT RIN OUL VIC

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2009-05-17. Retrieved 2009-10-07.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ http://www.thenewstribune.com/2011/05/19/1671022/pete-lovelys-life-centered-around.html[permanent dead link]

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