From being the youngest Formula 1 champion to the third-oldest Indy 500 winner, Emerson Fittipaldi certainly has a career worth celebrating.
Los Angeles, CA (BDCi Sports)- Emerson Fittipaldi and his career will be celebrated at the Road Racing Drivers’ Club (RRDC) Legends dinner in Long Beach this week. The proceeds from the event will go towards the RRDC’s young drivers program, along with the scholarship fund for up and coming young drivers. The dinner will take place prior to the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach.
Emerson Fittipaldi has found success both in Formula 1 driving and IndyCar races. He has won both the Formula 1 world championship and Indy 500 twice apiece.
The race driver began his professional career at age 22, and in his debut year won the Formula 3 championship. In 1970, he landed a spot on Gold Leaf Team Lotus. From there, he was boosted into the spotlight after only three Formula 1 starts. A teammate was unexpectedly killed in an accident, making him the lead driver for Team Lotus. At age 25, he was the youngest driver at the time to land the Formula 1 World Championship title. After 11 years and 14 wins, he retired from Formula 1 racing in 1980. His retirement was not for long however, and Fittipaldi returned to racing in 1984, this time turning his focus to the IndyCar circuit. Highlights of his career include his 1989 and 1993 Indy 500 victories. At 46 in 1993, he was one of the oldest drivers ever to win the prestigious race.
Over the course of his career, Fittipaldi raced with McLaren, Patrick Racing, Penske Racing, and his own company Fittipaldi Automotive. He officially retired in 1995 after a racing accident and then a plane crash, but is still involved with the sport and races occasionally.