Saturday, July 25, 2009

Question # 123

X (January 18, 1950 – May 8, 1982) was a Canadian racing driver. An enthusiast of cars and fast driving from an early age, he started his professional career in snowmobile racing in his native province of Quebec. He moved into single seaters, winning the US and Canadian Formula Atlantic championships in 1976, before being offered a drive in Formula One with the McLaren team at the 1977 British Grand Prix. He was taken on by reigning world champions Ferrari for the end of the season and from 1978 to his death in 1982 drove for the Italian team. He won six Grand Prix races in a short career at the highest level. In 1979 he finished second by four points in the championship to team-mate Jody Scheckter.

He died in a 140 mph (225 km/h) crash with the March of Jochen Mass during qualifying for the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix at Zolder. At the time of his death, he was extremely popular with fans and has since become an iconic figure in the history of the sport. His son became Formula One world champion in 1997.

He is still remembered at Grand Prix races, especially those in Italy. At the Autodromo Enzo e Dino Ferrari, the venue of the San Marino Grand Prix, a corner was named after him and a Canadian flag is painted on the third slot on the starting grid, from which he started his last race. There is also a bronze bust of him at the entrance to the Ferrari test track at Fiorano.

ID.

The answer is Gilles Villeneuve, father of Jacques Villeneuve; and after whom the Montreal street circuit is named.

5 comments:

  1. answer-gilles villeneuve


    senders name-v.chandrashekar

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  2. giles villeneuve. father of jacques villeneuve.

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  3. Gilles Villeneuve
    -Nitin
    RVQC

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