Posted 05 October 2000 - 23:35
It was 30 years ago today that the New York Times heading was:
Emerson who? won the US Grand Prix.
It was the first time Emerson Fittipaldi won a GP. The first time a Brazilian won a GP. He did it in a Lotus 72.
For Emerson it was the begining of a succesfull career in the big leagues.
He was World Champion in 1972 with Lotus and in 1974 with McLaren.
He won the CART championship in 1989 with Patrick and twice the Indianapolis 500 in 1989 with Patrick and in 1993 with Penske.
In that first victory Emerson received $50,000USD he and MariaHelena (his first wife) where so concerned about the money that they slept with a drawer chest agains the door.
For Brazil it was the begining of a long list of very fine drivers (too long to include all) with special mention to:
Nelson Piquet - World Champion in 1981 (Brabham), 1983 (Brabham) and 1987 (Williams)
Raul Boesel - Makes Championship 1987 (Jaguar)
Ayrton Senna - World Champion in 1988 (McLaren), 1990 (McLaren) and 1991 (McLaren)
As for the Lotus 72 it was one of it's 20 victories in a period that spaned from the Spanish GP in 1970 to the US GP in 1975.
Only last item. By winning in the US GP, Emerson secured the 1970 championship for J. Rindt.[p][Edited by luisfelipetrigo on 10-05-2000]
Posted 05 October 2000 - 23:45
As a former thread discussed....
Posted 06 October 2000 - 03:10
Posted 06 October 2000 - 04:57
My hero at the time was (and still is) JYS. And was not very excited about Emerson win, specially since Pedro Rodriguez came second (I am from Mexico). So, to use your words, I could not stomach Emerson ... but with the passage of time I have come to appreciate him and did followed his CART years with great interest and cheering for him.
Posted 06 October 2000 - 14:17
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Posted 17 October 2000 - 10:51
Jacky did go on to win in Mexico, but would still have been second in the title if he had been second at Watkins Glen.
Does Mike Argetsinger remember the pit stop?
Posted 17 October 2000 - 11:58