The World Championship drivers — Where are they now?

by Richard Jenkins
The Ancien Pilotes at Dijon in 1974

Ancien Pilotes at Dijon 1974

I have endeavoured to try and provide as up-to-date and accurate information as possible for everyone featured on this site, and I am always indebted to the many contributors who help with the information on this site and sadly, space doesn't allow for me to thank everyone here. However, I would like to dedicate the ongoing work, progress and achievements on this site to those contributors who are sadly no longer with us but helped aide this project so much: David McKinney, Len Calinoff, Phil Harms, Gene Heeter, Earl Ma, Don Radbruch, Roscoe H Rann and Barry Lake.

Updates and corrections are always welcomed — please either join the debate here or feel free to contact me on with any information you might have.

This part of the site is also dedicated to the memory of Tony Marsh, as it was his post-Grand Prix life that served as the initial inspiration for "Where Are They Now" back in 1998 For more about what this part of the site is trying to achieve, please read my full introduction.

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Name Born Died Nat Grands Prix Biography
Carlos Pace 06 Oct 1944
Sao Paulo
18 Mar 1977
Mairipora, nr. Sao Paulo
BR 72
Killed in a light aeroplane crash. The Brazillian GP circuit, Interlagos, is named in his memory. A debonair man, he was hugely popular in Sao Paulo, even more so than fellow Paulista and World Champion Emerson Fittipaldi. One of Bernie Ecclestone's all-time favourites, he surely would've won more races but for his untimely death. Pace was a star in British Formula 3 in 1970, winning the Forward Trust title, and he had a string of domestic successes, in both single-seaters and saloon cars, since his debut back in 1963. (Last updated 28 Jan 2016)
Jim Packard 23 Dec 1931
Hendersonville, North Carolina
01 Oct 1960
Fairfield, Illinois
Killed in a midget race, just after his first Champ Car win. Highly rated, varied driver who had many wins in sprint cars, having only started racing in 1956 once his military service was complete. Served in the Korean War and was also stationed overseas in Germany. His widow, Betty, later worked in Formula 1 - for Team Lotus in the North American Grand Prix's as a lap charter and at Indianapolis - she was an office manager for George Bignotti's team for a while -and became the first woman to edit a national financial magazine in the US as well as being the first woman in Indiana to file for equal pay for equal work. (Last updated 28 Jan 2016)
Nello Pagani 11 Oct 1911
19 Oct 2003
I 1
A legend in the bike world, he made appearances at historic events until the late 1990's, when he started to suffer ill-health. Died just after his 92nd birthday. Pagani began racing as a teenager in 1928 on motorcycles and he remained in this discipline - on and off - for over two decades. He took up motor racing in 1947 and enjoyed success in the Formula 1 race at Pau that year and also in 1948. Pagani became the first 125cc World Champion in 1949, and vice World Champion in the 500cc class, despite being nearly 40. He continued racing in cars however, in sportscars, until 1957, which was two years after his last motorcycle race. (Last updated 28 Jan 2016)
Riccardo Paletti 15 Jun 1958
13 Jun 1982
Montreal, Canada
I 2
Killed in a nasty accident in the 1982 Canadian GP when he - unsighted - crashed into Didier Pironi's stationary car on the grid. A credible Formula 2 racer who struggled to get results in Formula 1, a track at Varano de Melegrani, nr. Parma is named in his honour. Paletti started racing in Italian SuperFord in 1977 and this gentle, pleasant man worked up the ranks accordingly, despite never actually ending up winning a race in Formula 3 or Formula 2. (Last updated 29 Jan 2016)
Torsten Palm 23 Jul 1947

S 1
Brother of Gunnar Palm, a rally co-driver, Torsten was a businessman and racer. For many years, Palm has run a garage in Lidingo, near to where he lives, often dealing with Ferrari cars., for many years now. Swedish F3 champion in 1970, Torsten actually started in rallying as long ago as 1963, but his prowess in F3 led to him concentrating on single-seaters. Lack of finance hindered much of his career, and realising he wasn't going to get much further without it, he stopped racing in 1976. He went into driver management, notably with Eje Elgh. He returned to racing in 1992, in both circuit racing and rallying, before retiring in 1997 to focus on his business interests. More recently, Palm has also become President of Degefors IF football club. (Last updated 13 Jul 2014)
Jonathan Palmer 07 Nov 1956
Lewisham, London

GB 83
Formed his own racing series, after working for the BBC as a summariser and commentator- the Formula Palmer Audi series. It's first champion was Justin Wilson and Palmer became his manager. In 2004, Palmer and his two business partners became the new owners of 4 UK circuits - Cadwell Park, Oulton Park, Brands Hatch and Snetterton and they now have a pivotal role to play in the future of UK motorsport. Palmer also ran the revived, albeit shortlived, F2 series. Eldest son Jolyon is now racing and became GP2 champion in 2014, and graduated to Formula 1 himself in 2016. Younger son Will has also followed in the family footsteps and became 2015 BRDC Formula 4 Champion. Palmer retired from racing relatively shortly after his last F1 drive in 1989, retiring in 1991 after a brief spell as a test driver for McLaren and in sports and touring cars. (Last updated 24 Oct 2015)
Olivier Panis 02 Sep 1966
Oullins, Lyon

F 157
Until being injured at the 1997 Canadian Grand Prix, Olivier was one of the top drivers in Formula 1, with a magnificent win at Monaco in 1996. Unfortunately his F1 career never really hit the same consistent heights again. When he left F1, he worked as a test driver and then eased back into the sport through ice-racing, before becoming a sportscar and GT driver. From the start of 2012, he was only racing in French GT's and the Andros Trophy, after deciding to retire from all other racing and in 2015, retired from French GT's. Olivier now runs a team in the European Le Mans Series and also commentates on the World Touring Car Championship for Eurosport. His son is also now racing. (Last updated 7 Oct 2015)
Giorgio Pantano 04 Feb 1979
Conselve, Padua

I 14
Very successful in Formula 3000 and GP2, finally winning the title of the latter in 2008, but less successful with Jordan in F1. A F1 drive didn't materialise straight after his GP2 win and so Pantano went into the Auto GP series, amongst other one-off drive in various series, including the IRL (both in 2011 and 2012), but finding a full drive has been very difficult since then. In 2013, Giorgio spent a whole season racing in the Karting World Championship as well as driving in the GT Open Series, but 2014 saw some career momentum at last with a drive in Blancpain and the FIA GT series. The team he drove for - Bhai Tech - then proposed a new career path for 2015 - Giorgio is now their karting driver manager and instructor, but also runs his own kart team. (Last updated 7 Jun 2015)
Massimiliano Papis 03 Oct 1969

I 7
Long-time based in the US, Max has been in CART, ALMS, Grand-Am, NASCAR's Nationwide Series, trucks and even the Whelen Euroseries, and now also the United Sportscar Championship. He also managed to fit in Auto GP and V8 Supercar appearances during this time. Papis, who is married to Emerson Fittipaldi's daughter Tatiana, got into Formula 1 after a brief spell as test-driver for Lotus and decent F3000 performances, but his career was destined for America very shortly after his time at Footwork Arrows. Max also runs a steering wheel company that is specifically geared towards NASCAR teams and cars. (Last updated 21 Feb 2015)
Michael Parkes 24 Sep 1931
Richmond, Surrey
28 Aug 1977
Riva Presso Chieri, nr. Turin, Italy
GB 6
Became involved with management with Ferrari, whilst continuing to race from time to time, before his sad death in a road accident near Turin where his car collided with a lorry. Parkes was born into the automobile business as his father was the Chairman of Alvis. Mike originally worked as a development engineer for the Rootes Group before taking up driving full-time. Because of both his height and his commitment to development and testing for Ferrari, he did not race in many single-seater events, but did win the 1967 International Trophy at Silverstone. Retired at the end of 1972 to work on projects with FIAT and Lancia, which included the Stratos rally car. (Last updated 9 Sep 2014)
Reg Parnell 02 Jul 1911
07 Jan 1964
GB 6
One of Britain's best racers in the immediate post-war era, Parnell later became a team owner up until his death from peritonitis after a routine appendix operation in 1964. He began his career though in 1934, after buying a Bugatti in a local scrapyard for 25, but unfortunately the gamble failed, and the car broke before he could even attempt to qualify. Retired from a fine racing career in 1957, and then managed the Yeoman Credit and Bowmaker Lola Grand Prix teams, and the Aston Martin sportscar team. (Last updated 2 Aug 2014)
Tim Parnell 25 Jun 1932

GB 2
Took over his father Reg's teams on his death in 1964. Although a director of both the BRDC and Derby County FC, he is mostly now retired, now living in Leicestershire. Often attends reunions. His driving career ended upon Reg's death, but Tim remained linked to the sport for years - either as BRM team manager from 1968 to 1975, or as the manager of Donington Park circuit, or as the Motor Circuit Development Regional Director for Mallory Park and Oulton Park. (Last updated 7 Apr 2015)
Johnnie Parsons 04 Jul 1918
Los Angeles, California
08 Sep 1984
Van Nuys, California
Winner of the rain-hit 1950 race, Parsons later became Chief Steward for the USAC midget division on the West Coast in the early 1970's. However Johnnie started his life in vaudeville with his parents, and as a toddler took part in an act called the Dancing Parsons. When his parents separated, Johnnie moved to be with his uncle, who rented garages to a number of racing drivers, including Frank Lockhart. Parsons then naturally got into racing. In his early racing days, Johnnie also worked as a welder and in an aircraft factory. He won the 1948 AAA Midwest Midget Car series, the 1956 USAC Pacific Coast Midget title and the 1949 National Champ Car Championship. He finally retired in 1959, and as well as his stewardship role, he kept links with the sport through a number of assocations and businesses, until his death from a heart-attack. (Last updated 15 Aug 2015)
Riccardo Patrese 17 Apr 1954

I 256
Now retired from racing, and working in public relations. For a long time, Patrese kept fit playing tennis and by taking part in show jumping and skiing! This came in handy when it meant a surprise return to racing, in the Grand Prix Masters series and a F1 test with Honda in 2008. Also works in TV and visits and drives in historic events. Patrese is an immensly popular man who, when he left Formula 1, had the record for the most Grand Prix's started. As well as his six Grand Prix wins, Riccardo was a multiple winner in sportscars and a two-time Formula 3 champion, winning the European and Italian titles in 1976. (Last updated 29 Jan 2016)
Al Pease 15 Oct 1921
Darlington, Yorkshire (Now Durham), England
04 May 2014
Sevierville, Tennessee, United States
Died in 2014 at his home in Tennessee, after a few years of poor health. Until recently, he did car restoration and still followed the sport on television, and made a few appearances at historic events. Not only born in Britain, but lived there until he served abroad, for the British Army, in India, Rhodesia and Egypt. Because of these tours, he didn't return to the UK, and emigrated to the USA, and then Canada and initially became an illustrator, before moving into the car and racing businesses. Although his GP career was not successful, he did have a lot of success in Canadian racing. (Last updated 5 May 2014)
Roger Penske 20 Feb 1937
Shaker Heights, Ohio

Still, despite nearing eighty years of age, runs his legendary Penske outfit but now in the Indycar Series and NASCAR. The most successful winning owner in Indianapolis 500 history, Roger is also a board member of General Electric, and has also been involved in various automotive, home furnishing, leisure resorts and NFL American Football businesses or projects. Penske became a car dealer in his teenage years with help and support from his father. Roger had a brief racing career from 1958 to 1965, partly starting due to the business benefits that selling racing cars gave him. When he retired as a driver, Penske then starting running his team and opened his first car dealership in Philadelphia. (Last updated 24 Oct 2015)
Cesare Perdisa 21 Oct 1932
10 May 1998
I 7
Became a businessman after his early retirement from racing. Cesare was the son of a publisher who was behind the motoring publication Quattororotte which got Cesare interested in the sport. He started racing in 1954 in sportscars and earnt a works sportscar drive for Maserati in 1955, subsequently getting a Grand Prix drive with the team later in the year. He proved a very reliable and competitive driver with strong mechanical sympathy but retired, aged just 25, after his father pretty much ordered him to stop racing after the death of Eugenio Castelotti. Cesare, who was much affected himself by his compatriot's death agreed and took up a role in the publishing business for a while. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Sergio Perez 26 Dec 1989

MEX 94
(2011- )
GP2 championship runner-up in 2010 who moved up to F1 with Sauber in 2011, and stayed there in 2012, doing so well, nearly winning a race, that he moved to McLaren in 2013. That was not a success however for a number of reasons, and he left them at season's end to join Force India. Remains with them in 2016. (Last updated 29 Nov 2015)
Luis Perez Sala 15 May 1959

E 26
Was team principal to the HRT Formula 1 team, until they collapsed, after an initial spell as an advisor. Luis is now a team management consultant, but is also closely involved with young driver programmes and helps his nephew Daniel Juncadella with his career. Now retired from a long racing career which included GT and touring car racing - he won the Spanish GT title in 2004 and two Spanish Touring Car Championships in the 1990's. Lives in Barcelona. (Last updated 19 Feb 2015)
Larry Perkins 18 Mar 1950
Murrayville, Victoria

AUS 11
Retired as a driver in 2003, but until 2013, he owned, ran and was senior engineer of his own Perkins Engineering firm. Now fully retired after selling both business and sporting divisions of the company, he will keep links to the sport but other than being a consultant to engineering and aviation businesses, he will spend time travelling in his motor homes, which he builds and restores. Although Larry was more than capable in single-seaters, winning the 1975 European Formula 3 title, it was as a touring car driver that he excelled, winning the Bathurst 1000km race in 1982, 1983, 1984, 1993, 1995 and 1997. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Xavier Perrot 01 Feb 1932
08 Dec 2008
CH 1
Died after a long period of ill-health. Ran a garage for a while and was a huge help to Peter Sauber when he set up his team. Retired from racing after marrying, but still followed the sport until his death. Primarily, Xavier was a hillclimb expert, winning the 1972 European Hill Climbing Championship, but he also took a surprise but notable Formula 2 Pries von Deutschland race win at the Nurburgring in 1970. Perrot retired in 1973 to concentrate on his garage, which ended a career that started in 1956, when he did rallying in his home country. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Henri Pescarolo 25 Sep 1942
Montfermeil, nr. Paris

F 57
Involved with ELF - now as a young driver tutor and mentor. Continued racing until around 2005, then concentrated on his successful, title-winning endurance team recently. Since 2010, finance has caused a number of hiatuses from the sport, and the team was liquidated in 2013. Henri remains in the sport as a consultant, but is also a regular in historic racing. Henri sadly suffered a stroke in 2008, whilst he also suffered facial burns whilst racing and the combined effect has left a paralysis on his face. Pescarolo was one of the greatest sportscar drivers of the 1970's and 1980's, winning Le Mans in 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1984. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Alessandro Pesenti-Rossi 31 Aug 1942
Gerosa, Bergamo

I 3
Still alive, still living near his home town of Gerosa. Alessandro was a private entrant, who was pretty capable in Formula 2 but Formula 1 was a step too far. Retired from racing in 1978. A stalwart of Italian Formula 3, Pesenti-Rossi won seven times in the series between 1972 and 1976, finishing a close runner-up to Luciano Pavesi in the 1975 Championship. Pesenti-Rossi was also a regular sportscar driver for some years. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Jiggs Peters 28 Sep 1920
Metuchen, New Jersey
25 Dec 1993
Pittstown, New Jersey
Real name Fred, he has been unusually active since death, as his ashes have been taken by a friend to parties and for a ride in a midget car! (Last updated 24 Jan 2010)
Josef Peters 16 Sep 1914
24 Apr 2001
D 1
Solid but unspectacular sports car stalwart of the 1950's who also appeared in a number of German Formula 2 races, entering his privately owned Veritas sports car. Peters' World Championship appearance came towards the end of his career which started in the early 1930's, racing a BMW 315/1 Special. Peters appears to have stopped racing in 1953. Although Peters predominately raced in sportscars, he did compete in the occasional hillclimb as well. (Last updated 1 Aug 2015)
Ronnie Peterson 14 Feb 1944
11 Sep 1978
Milan, Italy
S 123
Died of injuries sustained in a start-line crash in the Italian GP at Monza. Hugely popular, this fast and spectacular driver was brilliant in Formula 2, before leaving us with many top ballsy drives in Formula 1 to remember him by. A kart graduate, Peterson went into Swedish Formula 3 with his father as team manager and the family organisation took home the 1968 and 1969 Swedish Formula 3 titles. Ronnie also won the 1971 European Formula 2 title, 10 Grand Prix's and a number of sportscar events. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Vitaly Petrov 08 Sep 1984
Vyborg, nr. St Petersburg

RUS 53
After leaving F1, Vitaly was without a drive until moving to the DTM in 2014. This didn't go successfully and so was left without a seat and worked as an online columnist and expert for Russian motorsport media. In 2016 though, he moved to the World Endurance Championship. The first Russian to race in the World Championship, Petrov started his career late - aged 18 - and competing in rallies and ice racing - these days an unconventional route to the top. A strong Euroseries season in 2006, then followed by a string of decent GP2 drives then propelled him forward. (Last updated 26 Dec 2015)
Alfredo Pian 21 Oct 1912
Las Rosas, Santa Fe
25 Jul 1990
Las Rosas, Santa Fe
RA 0
Decent and veteran endurance and road racer in his native land, his one GP attempt was, rather unusually at Monaco, rather than locally.
Charles Pic 15 Feb 1990

F 39
Drove in F1 for two years, for Marussia and Caterham. Dropped at the end of 2013, however and it was only a good 10 months later that he returned to racing, but this time in Formula E. Before reaching Formula 1, Pic was particularly impressive in Formula Renault 3.5, and was also a race winner in the GP2 series. Pic is also Lotus F1's current reserve and test driver. (Last updated 10 Sep 2014)
Francois Picard 26 Apr 1921
29 Apr 1996
F 1
Mainly competed in privately entered Ferrari sportscars, with many class wins, including at the 1951 Tour de France Automobile. Francois was a regular competitor in North Africa, especially Morocco, during the 1950's, so it was no surprise when he was given an entry for the nation's only Grand Prix in 1958. Unfortuantely though, his career was ended by a crash during the race and he then retired to live in Monaco, although he also had a base in Nice, where he worked. A businessman, he took up racing in 1949 and impressed racing a Porsche, before competing in Ferrari's. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Ernie Pieterse 04 Jul 1938
Parow, Bellville

ZA 2
Useful national racer, in single-seaters, touring cars and GT's, in which he raced initially. Amongst his single-seater highlights were winning the 1961 Rhodesian Grand Prix and 1962 South African F1 Champion. Now mainly keeps a low profile, but is still a visitor to historic events in his home country and keeps links to the sport - especially if it relates to a car that Ernie drove in his career. (Last updated 11 Oct 2014)
Paul Pietsch 20 Jun 1911
Freiburg im Breisgau
31 May 2012
D 3
Pre-war starlet, who at the age of 100 at death, was the last surviving pre-war Grand Prix driver and the first ever Grand Prix driver to reach 100 years of age. He was well enough to celebrate his centenary at a host of special events to mark the occasion. The founder of Das Auto and Motor Presse publishing concerns, the latter of which arranged a special rally in his honour, the Paul Pietsch Classic. Pietsch started racing in 1932 in hillclimbs, finishing twenty years later. He was the 1951 West German Formula 2 Champion and also won an ice-racing event in Sweden back in 1933. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Marvin Pifer 13 Mar 1928
Adrian, Michigan
04 May 1974
Adrian, Michigan
Marvin''s son, of the same name, competed in the same machinery - sprint cars! Marvin himself ran a jeep and Triumph dealership in Adrian, but was diagnosed with MS in 1963. By 1968, he was in a wheelchair, 4 years later he sold his business and 2 years after that, the illness had killed him. Started racing under his brother Aldon''s name. Fought in Korea, and as well as his dealerships, also ran an automotive repair business. (Last updated 4 Oct 2010)
Andre Pilette 06 Oct 1918
Paris, France
27 Dec 1993
Etterbeek, Brussels
B 9
Son of Theodore, father of Teddy, Andre became best known for running a racing school at Zolder until the late 1980's. Andre started racing in the immediate post-war years, attaining most success in his native land - he won his national Championship in 1954. The year after saw him involved with Ecurie Nationale Belge's formation, which also led to him racing more frequently in sportscars, rather than single-seaters. Andre then retired to focus on both the school and son Teddy's career, and later had a strong influence on Thierry Boutsen's racing development. (Last updated 14 Jun 2015)
Teddy Pilette 26 Jul 1942

B 1
Later a constructor in the sport. He appears nowadays at many historic meetings and also has a role in his late father's racing school. He also has many links on the web to historic motorsport. Teddy was the 1973 and 1975 European Formula 5000 champion whose torrid Formula 1 career didn't reflect his ability. Teddy, who initially started in the sport, despite his father and grandfather being racers, as a mechanic for Jim Russell's racing school, started racing in 1962. He won the Spa 24 Hours in 1978 and even in the 1980's, appeared in US dirt track racing. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Luigi Piotti 27 Oct 1913
19 Apr 1971
I 6
Businessman and amateur driver, a real lover of life who enjoyed his racing but didn't take it too seriously. Luigi won the Hyeres 12 hours in 1954 with Maurice Trintignant which encouraged him to attempt the 1955 Italian Grand Prix in an ancient piece of machinery, before buying a Maserati 250F which he attempted to do his best in over the next few years. But sportscars were his forte, winning his class in the Tour of Sicily in 1952 amongst other notable results. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
David Piper 02 Dec 1930
Edgware, Middlesex

GB 2
Despite having part of his leg amputated after a crash during filming for the Le Mans movie in 1970, David continued to race for aeons in historic events, and until recently, still visited them. However he is best known for running a Ferrari garage near his home in Surrey. He was also involved in historic racing administration, however his involvement in historic racing has waned in recent years due to a rather acrimonous legal battle with a notable historic racer. Piper began his career as long ago as 1953 in speed events, and from 1982 onwards, he co-founded and then drove in the Supersports Series, either racing in his classic cars or entering them for other drivers. (Last updated 17 Jan 2015)
Nelsinho Piquet 25 Jul 1985
Heidelberg, Germany

BR 28
Son of Nelson. Promoted to the Renault F1 drive in 2008 and stayed there in 2009, but when he was dropped, he revealed that he crashed deliberately in the Singapore GP of 2008. He agreed a deal with the FIA that he wouldn''t be punished for cheating, but has found that much of F1 snubbed him anyway. His career since then has been mixed - he went to the US, racing first in NASCAR trucks and then in the NASCAR sprint series itself. In 2014, he also appeared in Formula E, winning the first title. In 2015, he moved into a completely new career path, which is the World Rallycross Championship. (Last updated 28 Jun 2015)
Nelson Piquet 17 Aug 1952
Rio de Janeiro

BR 204
His racing career came to a virtual halt in 1992 after a big crash at Indianapolis and he still suffers slightly from the crash injuries. Now a grandfather, he is a successful businessman with a satellite tracking company in Brazil. He also keenly follows and guides his son, Nelson Angelo. Piquet Sr ran the GP2 team which featured his son, but sold it after Nelsinho's progression, but still acts as a consultant. Has now retired, his las race being a win at the Mille Mihila with his son, Bouchut and Castroneves in 2006. Nelson's youngest son Pedro has also started racing! Piquet, all those years ago, actually started in racing as a motorcycle mechanic in Alex Dias Ribeiro's motorcycle workshop in Brasilia - Camber. (Last updated 10 Jul 2015)
Renato Pirocchi 23 Jun 1933
Notaresco, Teramo
29 Jul 2002
I 1
After retirement, Renato became President of the Automobile Club in Pescara and helped re-launch the Svolte di Popoli annual festival. He died in 2002, after suffering kidney problems. Pirocchi began his career racing sportscars in 1954 and one year later, became the Italian National Champion in the discipline. But it was in Formula Junior in his homeland that he became most entwined with, beginning in the series in its inaugral year in 1959 and then winning the title the following season. This series was also where he returned to after his brief attempt at Grand Prix racing. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Didier Pironi 26 Mar 1952
Villecresnes, nr. Paris
23 Aug 1987
off the Isle of Wight, England
F 70
Forced to retire from Formula 1 due to leg injuries, Pironi moved to powerboating but perished in a crash in 1987. Pironi took up racing a little later than some of his rivals as he was from a construction background and only really got into racing when half-brother Jose Dolhem started racing. Pironi overshadowed his step-sibling by winning the 1974 and 1976 European Formula Renault Championship, before becoming a race winner in Formula 3, 2 and 1 and he won Le Mans in 1978. After Pironi's accident in 1982, he did try, during his long rehabilitation to return to the sport, coming close to an AGS drive in 1986 but his injuries were too severe to return properly. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Emanuele Pirro 12 Jan 1962

I 37
One of sportscars and touring cars modern legends. He won Sebring in 2000 and took a hat-trick of Le Mans wins between 2000-2002. This is on top of touring car titles, a career he eked after leaving F1 and he also won the ALMS title in 2005. He won his 5th Le Mans in 2007. Raced in ALMS in 2008 but dropped in 2009, he retired from major events. Since then he has been in Italian endurance events. He also works for the FIA as a F1 commissioner at the Grand Prix's, also works in TV and in a more ambassadorial role in future and still keeps visiting historic events, as well as being a driver coach and mentor. (Last updated 15 Mar 2014)
Antonio Pizzonia 11 Sep 1980

BR 20
After missing out on a permanent drive in Formula 1, he went to Champ Cars, then returned to Europe and GP2. Dropped midway through the season, he is racing in endurance events and touring cars in his homeland, as well as also appearing in the World Endurane Championship. Away from racing, Antonio also competes in triathlons. Pizzonia, who is quite unusual in motorsport terms hailing from the jungle regions of Brazil rather than the big cities, was the 2000 British Formula 3 champion. (Last updated 30 Jan 2016)
Jacques Pollet 02 Jul 1922
16 Aug 1997
F 5
Pollet was Gordini's test driver who was promoted to race driver in sports cars and GP's after some strong performances. He also had a Le Mans class win to his credit during his career. Pollet took up racing after the Second World War and got a few opportunities in Formula 2 when he got the Gordini contract in 1952. Sadly Pollet was twice involved in tragedy - he crashed when a stone broke his goggles at Chimay in 1954, killing two spectators, but also when Mario Alborghetti tangled with this car in 1955, Alborghetti died in the resulting crash. Pollet carried on for a couple of years before retiring. (Last updated 31 Jan 2016)
Ben Pon 09 Dec 1936

NL 1
Now owns and runs a hugely successful winery and lodge (Bernadus - which is his full first name - Winery and Lodge) in Carmel, California, USA. Pon only raced for a relatively small time and is somewhat a footnote to a long and successful life. A race winner in the European Touring Car Championship, Pon got interested in cars as his father ran the first Volkswagen Beetle dealership outside Germany. His father then expanded into America and became Porsche's Dutch importer. When Ben started racing, it was in a Porsche, which he competed in sportscars, GT and touring cars. His Grand Prix debut was his last single-seater race as he crashed on lap two and although unhurt, vowed never to race a single-seater again. He retired from motor racin in 1967 to become a skeet shooter and he competed for the Netherlands at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Pon still has a base in Holland but is mainly living in the USA now. (Last updated 31 Jan 2016)
Dennis Poore 19 Aug 1916
Paddington, London
12 Feb 1987
Kensington, London
GB 2
A pivotal name behind the motoring magazine, Autosport, funding it due to his wealth. This came from his many business ventures, which included the family propellor business, Norton motorcycles and the taxi manufacturer, Carbodies. Poore, as a driver, was a champion in hillclimbing, which he started competing in, as well as speed trials, in 1936. Poore retired in 1955 after one of his career highlights, winning the BARC 9 Hours with Peter Walker. (Last updated 22 Sep 2014)
Sam Posey 26 May 1944
New York City, New York

Worked for Speedvision (commentated for over 10 years), and still occasionally on TV and also writes, paints and is a railroad expert, but has sadly been in ill-health recently suffering from Parkinson's Disease. Posey was a graduate in design but eschewed this for competing in road racing. He never ended up winning any of the championship's he was in but he was a race winner in Trans-Am, North American Formula A (later renamed as the Formula 5000 series) and also won the 1975 Sebring 12 Hours. Unusually for an American racing driver, Formula 1 was his aim rather than the Indianapolis 500, though he ended up competing in both. (Last updated 1 Feb 2016)
Charles Pozzi 27 Aug 1909
28 Feb 2001
F 1
Ran a huge Ferrari dealership, which ran advertising on the Ferrari Formula 1 cars in the late 70's. He was still involved in French motor sport, in one way or another until his death. Of Italian ancestry, Pozzi's father was killed in World War One so Charles made his own way in life, becoming an agricultural engineer before starting his dealership in 1932. He was initially a Ford dealer but became Ferrari's French importer in 1968. He was also a long-time car entrant but enjoyed some racing as well and he won the 1949 French Sportscar Grand Prix, amongst other notable results. (Last updated 1 Feb 2016)
Ralph Pratt 17 Mar 1910
Portage, Ohio
15 Dec 1981
Fayetteville, Pennsylvania
Midget legend who was Roger Penske's boyhood hero and a source of inspiration for Penske for many years. Perhaps the greatest midget driver of them all, he took a colossal 142 wins in 4 years and even won, in the same day, three different races at three different tracks in Ohio! Fought in WW2, and then worked for a firearms company in Pennsylvania after retiring from racing. (Last updated 14 May 2014)
Jackie Pretorius 22 Nov 1934
Potchefstroom, Transvaal
30 Mar 2009
ZA 3
A very popular man, he was a regular at historics and worked for many years for Wynn Oil. Jackie later also performed stunt driving, but had to give this up when he was badly injured after being hit by a stunt car. Sadly, robbers broke into his house twice - the first time the attack killed his wife and injured Jackie. Despite this, he still attended historic events and stayed upbeat, but when the 2nd attack happened, Jackie was badly injured, and after a spell in a coma, he died, leaving the whole South African motor racing world aghast and in mourning over his murder. (Last updated 1 Oct 2014)
Ernesto Prinoth 15 Apr 1923
Ortisei, Bolzano
26 Nov 1981
Innsbruck, Austria
I 0
Became a successful manufacturer of snow-grooming vehicles, which still runs very successfully today. Died of a heart-attack whilst at work at the Innsbruck ski resort in Austria. Prinoth was living in East Germany when he established his engineering company aged 28 before developing that into the specialist ski-grooming devices that made him his name and fortune. The success from this ended a racing career he took up in the late 1950's, compting in rallying, long-distance sportscar events and Formula Junior. (Last updated 1 Feb 2016)
David Prophet 09 Oct 1937
Hong Kong
29 Mar 1981
Silverstone, Northamptonshire
GB 2
Killed in a helicopter crash, just after attending the International Trophy race meeting in Silverstone. A Midlands based motor trader, he was decent in sportscars and club racing. His career was quite a lengthy one, starting in Formula Junior in 1961. He intially retired from racing in 1972, before returning for a couple of Shellsport Group 8 races in 1977. (Last updated 6 Sep 2014)
Alain Prost 24 Feb 1955
Lorette, Saint-Chamond, nr. St. Etienne

F 199
Four times World Champion who took on the running of the Ligier team, renaming it Prost and initially started very well. But Panis' injury in 1997 led to a downfall in fortunes and Prost announced bankruptcy in 2002. After a well-deserved rest, he's back and indeed racing and winning, in the annual ice racing tournaments (Champion in 2007 and 2008, no less) and in French GT racing. Also works as a motorsport advisor and helps his son, Nicolas, who is now racing and is now involved in the new Formula E series, in which Nicolas races for his father's team. In 2016, Prost was also announced as Renault F1's ambassador. (Last updated 2 Feb 2016)
Tom Pryce 11 Jun 1949
Rossett, nr. Wrexham, North Wales
05 Mar 1977
Kyalami Circuit, South Africa
GB 42
Killed in a horrific accident in the South African GP when a fire extinguisher hit him in the face when he collided with a marshal crossing the track at Kyalami. Easily Wales' greatest ever driver, this shy, very modest driver - albeit very different when racing - was extremely fast. Welsh speaking, he also worked at a garage and could've been a World Champion but for his death. Pryce's rise to the top was meteoric as he only started racing in 1970 in Formula Ford. Often referred to being born in Ruthin, but he moved there as a small boy - he was actually born some 20 miles away in Rossett. (Last updated 11 Jan 2015)
David Purley 26 Jan 1945
Bognor Regis, Sussex
02 Jul 1985
off the coast, nr. Bognor Regis, Sussex
GB 7
Heir to the Lec refrigeration company, this amazing man survived a whole lot of scrapes before his death in a biplane whilst performing aerobatics off the Sussex coast. Purley spent a while in the army, surviving a near-fatal parachute jump accident. During a 16 year career in the sport, he will always be remembered for two things - trying in vain to save Roger Williamson from a needless fiery death at Zandvoort in 1973, an effort that earnt him a George Medal - and a crash at the British Grand Prix in 1977, when he went from 120 miles per hour to zero in just 26 inches, which earnt him an unwanted place in the Guinness Book of Records. Purley's heart actually stopped for a very short while, but recovered to race only a year later. (Last updated 7 Sep 2014)
Clive Puzey 11 Jul 1941

A major player in the main opposition movement in Zimbabwe to Robert Mugabe, Puzey ran a garage in Harare which was attacked in the first Zimbabwean uprising in 2000. Clive was shaken but unhurt, but has since emigrated to Australia. He is still well, and runs a garden products business and as he is a dyslexic, runs a support group to help other people with dyslexia. Puzey took up racing in the early 1960's in South Africa, where he became a stalwart of their F1 Championship, winning a race at Kyalami in 1964. He stopped racing in 1969 to concentrate on his garage. (Last updated 1 Feb 2016)

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