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Born on this day (28th - March)

1897 - 1974


1908 - 1963


Consalvo Sanesi

1911 - 1998


1929


Hubert Hahne

1935


Charles Ates

1935


Jean-François Piot

1938 - 1980


Tony Brise

1952 - 1975



Died on this day (28th - March)

William H Pitt

1925 - 1992


Jean-Marie Balestre

1921 - 2008



Gianfranco Palazzoli
Pal Joe
ITALY

Born
30 / 3 / 1934
Palazzoli has vast racing experience, dating back to the 1950s when he raced off-road motorbikes. In 1967 he switched to cars and, for the next 10 years - racing under the pseudonym "Pal Joey" - he won over 100 races and several Italian titles. He also became a member of the country's national sporting authority and this administrative experience led ex-Ferrari racer Arturo Merzario to ask Palazzoli to help establish the Merzario team. This was never properly funded and turned up at only a few races in 1978 and 1979 before going out of business. Palazzoli moved on to Osella Squadra Corse, which had been built up in the early 1970s by Enzo Osella from the remnants of Carlo Abarth's race-tuning business. Initially Palazzoli managed Osella's BMW Procar team but in 1980 became team manager of the new Osella F1 operation. In the years that followed Palazzoli was sporting manager for Benetton when the company sponsored Tyrrell (1983), Alfa Romeo (1984) and Toleman (1985) (which later became the Benetton F1 team) and in 1987 he ran the Alfa Romeo World Touring Car Championship team. In 1989 Palazzoli returned to Osella after it was taken over by Fondmetal and oversaw a huge restructuring as Gabriele Rumi tried to make it a serious F1 competitor. Ironically, the team was on the verge of success when Rumi's money ran out in mid-1992 and he was forced him to close down his beloved team. A multitalented individual, Palazzoli is a multiple Italian table-tennis champion and still represents Italy in its veterans team and has also worked as a F1 commentator for RAI Italian television!