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1949 Buenos Aires Grand Prix (I)

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Date  January 30, 1949
Course length  4.87 km (3.03 mi)
Course  Public roads
1949 Buenos Aires Grand Prix (I)
Official name  III Gran Premio del General Juan Perón y de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires
Location  Parco Palermo Buenos Aires
Distance  35 laps, 170 km (106 mi)

The first of three 1949 Buenos Aires Grand Prix (official name: III Gran Premio del General Juan Perón y de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires) was a Grand Prix motor race that took place on January 30, 1949, at the Palermo street circuit in Buenos Aires, Argentina.

The event was marred by the death of popular French driver Jean-Pierre Wimille. He was driving his first flying lap during practice, when his car swerved to avoid children crossing the track, and slammed into a tree. He died instantly of massive head injuries. During the race, local driver Pablo Pessatti was also killed when his car overturned, and he was thrown out.

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1949 Buenos Aires Grand Prix (I) Wikipedia


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