Born on this day (27th - April)

Rudolf Schoeller

1902 - 1978

Count Carlo Felice Trossi

1908 - 1949

1913 - 1975

Russ Klar

1914 - 2005

Bob Bondurant


Don Horvath

1935 - 1965

Helmut Marko


Yves Courage


Ari Vatanen


Died on this day (27th - April)

1907 - 1949

Herbert Ernest Meyer

1892 - 1962

Gioacchino Colombo

1903 - 1987

Judy Ganley

1939 - 2007

Harry Firth

1918 - 2014

Fabrizio Barbazza
Fabrizio Barbazza

2 / 4 / 1963

Barbazza earned a reputation as a wild but fast driver in Italian F3, finishing third in the series with a Dallara-Alfa in 1985.

Frustrated at the lack of opportunities in Europe, he then took the unusual step of moving across the Atlantic to contest the newly created American Racing Series, which he won.

More success was to follow in 1987. Filling a vacancy in Frank Arciero's Indy Car team, Fabrizio took a splendid third place at Indianapolis, earning the accolade of top rookie, and finished twelfth in the final points standings to claim the PPG Rookie of the Year Award.

Still intent on breaking into Grand Prix racing, Barbazza returned to Europe and scraped around in F3000 before finally securing an F1 drive in 1991, only to endure a dismal time fruitlessly attempting to qualify the AGS.

Finding the finance to buy a seat in the Minardi team for 1993, Fabrizio confirmed that he has ability, gaining two valuable sixth places for the team before making way for Pierluigi Martini at mid-season.

In 1995 Barbazza once again headed Stateside to race, but after finishing eighth in the Daytona 24 Hours, he was very seriously injured in a horrendous multiple accident at Road Atlanta, which destroyed his Ferrari 333SP.

Fabrizio spent a year recuperating before announcing to retire from racing. He has subsequently been involved in the design and development of safety features for racing circuits.

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