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Henri Pescarolo
French racecar driver and team owner

Henri Pescarolo

Henri Pescarolo
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Quick Facts

Intro French racecar driver and team owner
Is Racecar driver
From France
Field Sports
Gender male
Birth 25 September 1942, Paris, France
Age 79 years
Star sign Libra
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Biography

Henri Jacques William Pescarolo (born 25 September 1942) is a former racing driver from France. He competed in the 24 Hours of Le Mans a record 33 times, winning on four occasions, and won a number of other major sports car events including the 24 Hours of Daytona. He also participated in 64 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, achieving one podium and 12 championship points. Pescarolo also drove in the Dakar Rally in the 1990s, before retiring from racing at the age of 57. In 2000 he set up his eponymous racing team, Pescarolo Sport, which competed in Le Mans until 2013. He wore a distinctive green helmet, and wears a full-face beard that partially covers burns suffered in a crash.

Early career and Formula One

Born in Montfermeil near Paris, Pescarolo began his career in 1965 with a Lotus Seven. He was successful enough to be offered a third car in the Matra Formula 3 team for 1966, but the car was not ready until mid-season. However, in 1967 he won the European Championship with Matra and was promoted to Formula 2 for 1968. That season he was team-mate to Jean-Pierre Beltoise and achieved several second places and a win at Albi, which led to him being given a drive in Matra's Formula One team for the last three races of 1968.

His career suffered a setback, in 1969, when he crashed on the Mulsanne Straight at Le Mans whilst testing the Matra sports car. Pescarolo was badly burned and did not compete again until mid-season. He returned at the German GP where he drove a Formula 2 Matra into fifth place winning the small capacity class, in his only Grand Prix race that season.

For 1970 Pescarolo was signed full-time by Matra for their Formula One team and once again as team-mate to Beltoise, put in a solid season with a third place at the Monaco Grand Prix being the high point. He also won the Paris 1000 km and Buenos Aires 1000 km sports car races partnered with Beltoise. Pescarolo was not retained by Matra, and in 1971, 1972, and 1973 with Motul sponsorship, he drove for the fledgling Formula One team run by the young Frank Williams, but with little success. In 1974, Pescarolo drove for BRM, again with Motul backing, but the team's best days were gone and a ninth place in Argentina was his best result in a season with many retirements.

Pescarolo did not compete in Formula One in 1975 but returned to the championship in 1976 with a Surtees privately entered by BS Fabrications. Although neither car nor driver was considered to be competitive, failing to qualify for 2 of 9 Grands Prix entered, Pescarolo did begin to show speed in the final 5 races, even scoring a season's best finish of 9th at the 1976 Austrian Grand Prix.

Career after Formula One – sportscars

After Pescarolo's retirement from Formula One, he went on to start his own team, which competed until 2012 in the Le Mans Endurance Series and the 24 Hours of Le Mans, which he won as a driver four times (1972, 1973, 1974 and 1984). His team, Pescarolo Sport, was notably sponsored by Sony's PlayStation 2 and by Gran Turismo 4. During the five years that Pescarolo has campaigned Courage C60 prototypes, so many modifications have been made to the model that Courage allowed the team to name the car after themselves, such was the differences between their model and the standard C60. In 2005, it was developed further still to meet the "hybrid" regulations, before the change to LMP1/2 format.

In 1977, 1978 and 1979 Pescarolo drove in Australia's most famous motor race, the Bathurst 1000 for touring cars held at the Mount Panorama Circuit, driving on all three occasions with 1974 race winner John Goss. Unfortunately all races resulted in a DNF for the Goss built Ford XC Falcon GS500 Hardtops, completing only 113 laps (of 163) in 1977, 68 in 1978 and 118 in 1979. The 1977 race saw Pescarolo's Le Mans rival Jacky Ickx win the race in a semi-works Falcon driving with Allan Moffat.

Franck Montagny driving the Pescarolo C60 during practice for the 2006 24 Hours of Le Mans.

Pescarolo holds the record for Le Mans starts with 33 and has won the race on four occasions as a driver. He has yet to win the race as a team owner, coming very close in 2005 with the Pescarolo C60H. His team did manage to win the LMES championship in the same year. His team was also second at Le Mans in 2006, followed by a third in 2007 behind a pair of diesel-powered prototypes.

Pescarolo drove the Dakar Rally in the 1990s, and is also a keen helicopter pilot.

Racing record

24 Hours of Le Mans results

Year Team Co-Drivers Car Class Laps Pos. Class
Pos.
1966 Matra Sports Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Matra M620-BRM P
2.0
35 DNF DNF
1967 Equipe Matra Sports Jean-Pierre Jaussaud Matra MS630-BRM P
2.0
55 DNF DNF
1968 Equipe Matra Sports Johnny Servoz-Gavin Matra MS630 P
3.0
283 DNF DNF
1970 Equipe Matra-Simca Jean-Pierre Beltoise Matra-Simca MS660 P
3.0
79 DNF DNF
1971 Scuderia Filipinetti Mike Parkes Ferrari 512F S
5.0
120 DNF DNF
1972 Equipe Matra-Simca Shell Graham Hill Matra-Simca MS670 S
3.0
344 1st 1st
1973 Equipe Matra-Simca Shell Gérard Larrousse Matra-Simca MS670B S
3.0
355 1st 1st
1974 Equipe Gitanes Gérard Larrousse Matra-Simca MS670C S
3.0
337 1st 1st
1975 Gitanes Automobiles Ligier François Migault Ligier JS2-Ford Cosworth S
3.0
146 DNF DNF
1976 Inaltera Jean-Pierre Beltoise Inaltera LM-Ford Cosworth GTP 305 8th 1st
1977 Martini Racing Porsche System Jacky Ickx Porsche 936/77 S
+2.0
45 DNF DNF
1978 Martini Racing Porsche System Jacky Ickx
Jochen Mass
Porsche 936/78 S
+2.0
255 DNF DNF
1979 ITT Oceanic Jean Rondeau Jean-Pierre Beltoise Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth S
+2.0
279 10th 2nd
1980 ITT Jean Rondeau Jean Ragnotti Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth S
+2.0
124 DNF DNF
1981 Oceanic Jean Rondeau Patrick Tambay Rondeau M379-Ford Cosworth 2
+2.0
41 DNF DNF
1982 Otis Automobiles Jean Rondeau Jean Ragnotti
Jean Rondeau
Rondeau M382-Ford Cosworth C 146 DNF DNF
1983 Ford France Thierry Boutsen Rondeau M482-Ford Cosworth C 174 DNF DNF
1984 New-Man Joest Racing Klaus Ludwig Porsche 956B C1 360 1st 1st
1985 Martini Lancia Mauro Baldi Lancia LC2-Ferrari C1 358 7th 7th
1986 Kouros Racing Team Christian Danner
Dieter Quester
Sauber C8-Mercedes C1 86 DNF DNF
1987 Kouros Racing Mike Thackwell
Hideki Okada
Sauber C9-Mercedes C1 123 DNF DNF
1988 Silk Cut Jaguar
Tom Walkinshaw Racing
John Watson
Raul Boesel
Jaguar XJR-9LM C1 129 DNF DNF
1989 Joest Racing Claude Ballot-Léna
Jean-Louis Ricci
Porsche 962C C1 371 6th 6th
1990 Joest Porsche Racing Jean-Louis Ricci
Jacques Laffite
Porsche 962C C1 328 14th 14th
1991 Konrad Motorsport
Joest Porsche Racing
Louis Krages
Bernd Schneider
Porsche 962C C2 197 DNF DNF
1992 Courage Compétition Bob Wollek
Jean-Louis Ricci
Cougar C28LM-Porsche C3 335 6th 1st
1993 Joest Porsche Racing Bob Wollek
Ronny Meixner
Porsche 962C C2 351 9th 4th
1994 Courage Compétition Alain Ferté
Franck Lagorce
Courage C32LM-Porsche LMP1
C90
142 DNF DNF
1995 Courage Compétition Franck Lagorce
Éric Bernard
Courage C41-Chevrolet WSC 26 DNF DNF
1996 La Filière Elf Franck Lagorce
Emmanuel Collard
Courage C36-Porsche LMP1 327 7th 2nd
1997 La Filière Elf Jean-Philippe Belloc
Emmanuel Clérico
Courage C36-Porsche LMP 319 7th 4th
1998 Courage Compétition Olivier Grouillard
Franck Montagny
Courage C36-Porsche LMP1 304 15th 4th
1999 Pescarolo Promotion Racing Team Michel Ferté
Patrice Gay
Courage C50-Porsche LMP 327 9th 8th
Source:

Complete European Formula Two Championship results

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pos. Pts
1967 Matra Sports Matra MS7 Ford SNE SIL NÜR HOC TUL JAR ZAN PER BRH
10
VAL NC 0
1968 Matra Sports Matra MS7 Ford HOC
2
THR
Ret
JAR
4
PAL
DNQ
TUL
3
ZAN
2
PER
8
HOC
2
VAL
5
2nd 30
1969 Matra Sports Matra MS7 Ford THR
4
HOC
5
NÜR JAR TUL
Ret
PER
NC
VAL 4th 13
1970 Bob Gerard Racing Brabham BT30 Ford THR HOC BAR
2
ROU
Ret
PER TUL IMO HOC 10th 6
1971 Frank Williams Racing Cars March 712M Ford HOC THR
Ret
NÜR
Ret
JAR PAL
Ret
ROU MAN TUL
Ret
ALB
DNQ
VAL
Ret
VAL NC 0
1972 Motul-Rondel Racing Brabham BT38 Ford MAL THR
DNS
HOC
Ret
PAU
DNQ
PAL
DNQ
HOC ROU
Ret
ÖST IMO MAN PER
1
SAL ALB HOC
7
NC 0
1973 Motul-Rondel Racing Motul M1 Ford MAL HOC
4
THR
1
NÜR PAU KIN NIV HOC
5
ROU MNZ MAN KAR PER
Ret
SAL NOR
3
ALB
Ret
VAL NC 0
Source:

Graded drivers not eligible for European Formula Two Championship points

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(key) (Races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Pts
1968 Matra Sports Matra MS11 Matra MS9 3.0 V12 RSA ESP MON BEL NED FRA GBR GER ITA CAN
Ret
USA
DNS
MEX
9
NC 0
1969 Matra Sports Matra MS7 (F2) Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 RSA ESP MON NED FRA GBR GER
5
ITA CAN USA MEX NC 0
1970 Equipe Matra Elf Matra-Simca MS120 Matra MS12 3.0 V12 RSA
7
ESP
Ret
MON
3
BEL
6
NED
8
FRA
5
GBR
Ret
GER
6
AUT
14
ITA
Ret
CAN
7
USA
8
MEX
9
12th 8
1971 Frank Williams Racing Cars March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 RSA
11
17th 4
March 711 ESP
Ret
MON
8
NED
13
FRA
Ret
GBR
4
GER
Ret
AUT
6
ITA
Ret
CAN
DNS
USA
Ret
1972 Team Williams Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
8
RSA
11
ESP
11
MON
Ret
BEL
NC
FRA
DNS
GER
Ret
AUT
DNS
ITA
DNQ
CAN
13
USA
14
NC 0
Politoys FX3 GBR
Ret
1973 STP March Racing Team March 721G/731 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG BRA RSA ESP
8
BEL MON SWE NC 0
Frank Williams Racing Cars Iso-Marlboro IR FRA
Ret
GBR NED GER
10
AUT ITA CAN USA
1974 Team Motul BRM BRM P160E BRM P142 3.0 V12 ARG
9
BRA
14
RSA
18
ESP
12
BEL
Ret
MON
Ret
NED
Ret
NC 0
BRM P201 BRM P200 3.0 V12 SWE
Ret
FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
10
AUT ITA
Ret
CAN USA
1976 Team Norev Racing with BS Fabrications Surtees TS19 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 BRA RSA USW ESP BEL MON
DNQ
SWE FRA
Ret
GBR
Ret
GER
DNQ
AUT
9
NED
11
ITA
17
CAN
19
USA
NC
JPN NC 0
Source:

Non-Championship Formula One results

(key)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1967 Matra Sports Matra MS5 (F2) Ford Cosworth FVA 1.6 L4 ROC SPC INT SYR OUL
8
Matra MS7 (F2) ESP
7
1971 Frank Williams Racing Cars March 701 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ARG
2
ROC
March 711 QUE
Ret
SPR INT
6
RIN OUL
Ret
VIC
Ret
1972 Team Williams Motul March 721 Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8 ROC BRA
Ret
INT
Ret
OUL VIC
Ret
March 711 REP
Ret
1974 Team Motul BRM BRM P160E BRM P142 3.0 V12 PRE
7
ROC
7
INT
4
Source:

Major race results

  • 24 hours of Daytona : 1st, 1991
  • 1000 km Buenos Aires : 1st, 1970
  • 6 Hours of Nürburgring : 1st, 1986
  • Brands Hatch 1000 km : 1st, 1971
  • 1000 km Zeltweg : 1st, 1972,1974,1975
  • Dijon 1000 km : 1st, 1972,1978,1979
  • 6 Hours of Imola : 1st, 1974
  • Spa 1000 km : 1st, 1975
  • Suzuka 10 Hours : 1st, 1981
  • 1000 km Monza : 1st, 1982
  • 6 Hours of Vallelunga : 1st, 1972,1978
  • 6 Hours of Kyalami : 1st, 1974
  • 6 Hours of Watkins Glen : 1st, 1972,1974,1975
  • Interserie Siegerland : 1st, 1984
  • 1000 km of Paris : 1st, 1969,1994
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http://www.oldracingcars.com/driver/Henri_Pescarolo
http://touringcarracing.net/Races/1977%20Bathurst.html
http://touringcarracing.net/Races/1978%20Bathurst.html
http://www.grandprix.com/gpe/drv-peshen.html
http://www.racingsportscars.com/driver/results/Henri-Pescarolo-F.html
https://www.motorsportmagazine.com/database/drivers/henri-pescarolo
https://catalogue.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb122081480
https://data.bnf.fr/ark:/12148/cb122081480
http://isni.org/isni/0000000363829177
https://www.idref.fr/030722624
https://viaf.org/viaf/226080516
https://www.worldcat.org/identities/containsVIAFID/226080516
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