Stefan Nils Edwin Johansson ( born September 8, 1956 in Växjö ) is a Swedish racing driver. He took part in 1980-1991 a total of 79 Grand Prix Formula 1 races and drove for prestigious teams like Ferrari and McLaren.
After winning the British Formula 3 Championship 1979 Johansson was in 1980 reported on Shadow for the first time for a Formula 1 race at the Grand Prix of Argentina. However, he failed to qualify for the race, neither in this nor in his second Grand Prix in Brazil ( in the same season). His first Grand Prix denied Johansson in 1983 at the Grand Prix of Great Britain.
Johansson won a total of 88 world championship points, his best results were there four second places in 1985 at the Grand Prix of Canada and the United States on Ferrari and in 1987 at the GP of Belgium and Germany on McLaren - TAG Porsche. Once Johansson missed a victory only the narrowest of margins, as lying three laps to go he ran out the Grand Prix of San Marino 1985 in leadership, the gasoline. His best finish in the overall standings was fifth place in 1986 with Ferrari.
After a series of disappointments in the years 1989 to 1991, numerous races for which Johansson lack of competitive material did not qualify, he moved in 1992 to the IndyCar World Series for the team of Tony Bettenhausen. Already in his first start in Detroit he finished third and won at the end of the season the Rookie of the Year Award. Johansson remained until the end of 1996 in this series, but also won a race here. 1996 Johansson was involved in the collision with Jeff Krosnoff in Toronto, which both Krosnoff and an marshals took the lives.
The Swede finished first his active racing career to participate in 2007 at the founding of a new racing series in the Middle East, the Speedcar Series, where he worked in the 2007/2008 season on many former Formula 1 driver Jean Alesi, Heinz- Harald Frentzen, Johnny Herbert, Gianni Morbidelli and Jacques Villeneuve met.
Already in 1983 gave the Swede made his debut at the 24 Hours of Le Mans team of Reinhold Joest. Together with Bob Wollek and Klaus Ludwig, he reached the fifth place in the overall standings. After the victories in the sports car race at Mugello in 1983, Spa-Francorchamps in 1988, Johansson 1997 celebrated his greatest successes in endurance racing. With Joest Racing, he won at Le Mans and the 12 Hours of Sebring - held a few weeks prior to the classics at the Sarthe - he drove a Ferrari 333SP to overall victory. Teammates were there Fermín Vélez, Andy Evans and Yannick Dalmas.
With the establishment of its own racing team, the Swede the early 2000s has been renowned in the American Le Mans Series. At Le Mans he was until 2008 a total of 14 times at the start. With the Audi R8 he reached in 2003 with the third overall again a top position in this race.