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Stock Car pays homage to Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, runner-up in 1991

The 2024 season of the Stock Car Pro Series starts this weekend (02 and 03/03), with a tribute to one of the great names in the history of Brazilian motorsport. The stage that marks the beginning of the championship will be named after GP Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior, in tribute to the former driver, creator and leader of the only Brazilian team in the history of the Formula 1 World Championship, Copersucar-Fittipaldi, and runner-up in Stock Car, in 1991. The Autódromo Internacional Ayrton Senna, in Goiânia (GO), will be the stage for this tribute in memory of the member of the Fittipaldi family who in the 60s, 70s and 80s, alongside his younger brother, Emerson, started a move that ended a less professional phase of motor sport in the country. Wilsinho, or Tigrão, as he was known at the racetracks, passed away last Friday (23/03) in São Paulo, aged 80.

Wilsinho leaves a huge legacy for Brazilian motorsport. Son of ‘Baron’ Wilson Fittipaldi, a journalist and sports supporter who created one of the most important competitions in Brazilian motorsport, the Mil Milhas de Interlagos, still held today.

Intelligent and restless, Wilsinho developed the first kart and promoted the first race of this micro-single car in Brazil.

After developing several racing cars in the country, he embarked on an unthinkable project at the time: the creation of Fittipaldi, the first and only team based outside of Europe that competed in the Formula 1 World Championship between 1975 and 1982. In addition to Emerson, others Drivers from the country also represented the team, such as Ingo Hoffmann and Chico Serra, who later became Stock Car icons. Wilsinho's son, Christian Fittipaldi also competed in the main Brazilian category, between 2005 and 2006.


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