Henri Pescarolo ( born September 25, 1942 in Paris ) is a French former racing driver. He became famous by appearances in the Formula 1 ( 1968-1976 ) and the 24- hour race at Le Mans, which he won four times 1972-1984. In addition, he participated several times in the desert Paris-Dakar Rally. In 2000 Pescarolo founded his own motorsport team Pescarolo Sport.
With 33 participations in the 24 Hours of Le Mans Pescarolo 's record holder. Another record he broke in June 1987: Together with Patrick Fourticq and Hubert Auriol, he orbited the earth with a Lockheed Aircraft in 88 hours and 49 minutes and thus outperformed the established by Howard Hughes in 1938 record the fastest circumnavigation of the world.
Henri Pescarolo, son of a famous French surgeon also should take this career path, first. However, " Pesca " fell under the spell of motor sport, began to run in 1964 race, soon arrived in the French Formula 3, and finally won the 1967 title. His Formula 1 debut, he celebrated a year later at the Canadian Grand Prix in St. Jovite on a Matra. However, his career received a major setback when he when testing for the 24 Hours of Le Mans in an accident severe burns to the face drew upon in the spring of 1969. Since that time, he can grow a beard to hide those tracks.
After his recovery, he first drove in Formula 2, before he was appointed to the Formula 1 team of Matra in addition to Jean -Pierre Beltoise 1970. In addition to a third place at the Monaco Grand Prix he made several top - ten finishes in the training as well as a total of eight championship points. In 1971 he drove a March set up by Frank Williams 711, with which he could achieve the fourth place in the British Grand Prix at Silverstone and once turned the fastest lap. In order, however, the zenith of his Formula 1 career should already be exceeded. Was a disappointing year in 1972 and at the end of the season he left Williams. 1973 saw him only at a few Grand Prix on March and Iso - Marlboro. In 1974 he went for Motul B.R.M. at the start, but the BRM team had its best days already behind itself. The cars were not competitive and although his team-mate Jean -Pierre Beltoise was able to score several times, remained Pescarolo points denied. After a year break, he returned for 1976 for the private team BS Fabrications again in Formula 1 back. Pescarolos sponsor Norev had a Surtees TS acquired 19 and left the car at several races of BS Fabrications use. The best result was a ninth place at the Grand Prix of Austria. After the Grand Prix at Watkins Glen to Pescarolo adopted from Formula 1
During the usually somewhat aloof looking, bearded Frenchman hardly ever it past in Formula 1 via a extras existence, it is his success in sports car racing, representing the milestones of his career. Only in the sports car he was able to bring his talent to its best advantage. For years he was a major figure in the French Matra team and in the sports car world championship, where he went to the start for Matra, Alfa Romeo, Ferrari, Porsche, Lancia, Jaguar and Mercedes, celebrated four wins at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in the years 1972, 1973, 1974 and 1984 and 22 victories in individual races. His 33 appearances in Le Mans are unrivaled to this day and his green helmet was almost as the inventory in this race as the famous clock. Since 1980 he also took part in numerous editions of the Paris-Dakar Rally.
In 2000, Henri Pescarolo Pescarolo Sport founded his own sports car team, with whom he long fought in 2005 in Le Mans with the Audi so far superior to the victory before the Pescarolo - Judd eventually took second place. The team was insolvent in summer 2012 and will be liquidated during the year 2013.
Grand Prix Results
1 participation as a Formula 2 driver, no championship points
Le Mans results
1 1982 Pescarolo changed after the failure in the Rondeau of Ragnotti / Rondeau and formed with the two drivers a triple team. This prototype was made after 144 laps with engine failure. Pescarolo is therefore twice in the results of the 24- hour race this year.