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Giovanni Lavaggi

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Nationality  Italian
Championships  0
Active years  1995–1996
Wins  0

Teams  Pacific, Minardi
Name  Giovanni Lavaggi
Entries  10 (7 starts)
Role  Racing driver
Giovanni Lavaggi Giovanni Lavaggi interview Unracedf1com
Born  18 February 1958 (age 57) Augusta, Sicily, Italy (1958-02-18)
Similar People  Andrea Montermini, Pedro Lamy, Pierluigi Martini, Martin Brundle, Keith Wiggins

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Giovanni Lavaggi (born 18 February 1958) is an Italian racing driver.


Giovanni Lavaggi Giovanni Lavaggi Germany 1996 by F1history on DeviantArt

A nobleman by background, Lavaggi raised the money to buy ten Formula One Grand Prix drives, for Pacific and Minardi, debuting on July 30, 1995. In 1995 he was the only driver not to finish any of the F1 races that they started. He scored no championship points and was never close to the car's performance limits, being described as "desperately slow" by Jonathan Palmer, although he did well in his forays in sportscar racing.

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Racing career

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His Formula One career started in 1992, where he tested for the March team.

Giovanni Lavaggi Giovanni Lavaggi interview Unracedf1com

Lavaggi was 1993 Interserie champion and won the 1995 Daytona 24 Hours, as well as scoring two wins in the FIA Sportscar Championship. Prior to Formula One Lavaggi made two starts and failed to qualify for two additional races in CART for Euromotorsport and Leader Cards Racing.

Giovanni Lavaggi Giovanni Lavaggi takes the Lexus for a spin at Mugello

Lavaggi races under the banner of his own Lavaggi Sport (formerly known as GLV Brums) sportscar racing team, which in 2007 started building and racing its own Le Mans Prototype, the Lavaggi LS1, in the Le Mans Series.

He was nicknamed "Johnny Carwash" (a liberal translation of his name from Italian to English, John Washing) by people in the paddock; US talk show host David Letterman helped bring the nickname to popular attention.


In the city of Catania, a major road has been dedicated to his uncle: Via Giovanni Lavaggi (Giovanni Lavaggi Road). He was a famous war pilot killed in 1941 on the same airplane with Italo Balbo.

Complete International Formula 3000 results

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American Open-Wheel racing results

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PPG Indycar Series

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Complete Formula One results



Giovanni Lavaggi Wikipedia