Juan Carlos Bolanos

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10 Nov 1946
Mexico City



CART/IRL years:

CART (1980)

Racer in both Mexico and the US. Primarily raced in sportscars and raced between 1972 and 1989, mostly in America and Mexico, but he also raced at Le Mans 3 times. Bolanos was also Mexican Formula Ford champion in 1977 and 1978 and raced in Mexican Formula 2. His son, by the same name, is also a racer and Juan Carlos supports him, as well as keeping a number of other links to the sport. Bolanos also ran a workshop for many years, partly to help with racing. Often referred to as "Huevo", Bolanos is the grand-nephew of former Mexican President Gustavo Diaz Ordaz, who was still in power when Juan Carlos started his career against the wishes of his father - in fact Bolanos told his dad he was going on a picnic! However, Bolanos' father was soon a great supporter of his career and helped him progress. Retired in 1989 after being injured in a sportscar crash. Juan Carlos stays involved by running a motorcycling school and coaching programme.

Biography last updated 7 May 2016