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Nick Dioguardi

Nick Dioguardi Italian racecar driver

Italian racecar driver
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Italian racecar driver
Countries Italy
Occupations Racecar driver
Type Sports
Gender male
Birth 12 October 1932
Death 11 May 2015
Star sign LibraLibra
The details
Biography

Nick Dioguardi (October 12, 1932 – May 11, 2015) was a racing driver born in Alia, Italy, based in Glendale, California. Throughout his career Dioguardi made a single IndyCar start in 1970.

Racing career

Dioguardi first appeared on the national racing series at the 1965 SCCA National Championship Runoffs. At Daytona International Speedway Dioguardi ran a Brabham in the Formula SCCA race. Dioguardi started 21st but failed to finish the race running in ninth place. The following year, at Riverside International Raceway, the Italian born driver finished in first place beating Phil Groggins. In 1969 Dioguardi, at the Riverside Grand Prix, his Lotus Formula C struck a photographer. The photographer survived the impact suffering a broken leg.

As of 1968 Dioguardi also ran in Formula A. Both times, in 1968 and 1969, the Italian driver failed to finish the race. Dioguardi first ran a World Racing Enterprises Shadow in 1968 and a Surtees TS5 the following year. In 1969 Dioguardi also entered the Continental 49'er at Sears Point Raceway. The fast racing driver finished in fifteenth place in the fourth round of the 1969 SCCA Continental Championship. In 1971 Dioguardi ran the complete season in the Surtees. Sponsored by Delta Tire Dioguardi scored a single point. At the Mid-Ohio Grand Prix the Surtees driver finished in tenth place.

Dioguardi made two appearances in IndyCar. In 1969 the Italian driver was entered by Arciero Racing in an Eisert 64. The car built to Formula A specifications failed to qualify at Riverside. The following year Dioguardi returned, at Phoenix International Raceway. He qualified 24th, and last. After 28 of the Phoenix 150 Dioguardi crashed.

The Italian driver later made appearances in Can-Am. In 1972 Dioguardi ran at Laguna Seca and Riverside. The Italian ran a Titanium Ti22. The car was revolutionary when it was introduced in 1969 but disappointed earlier at the hands of Jackie Oliver and David Hobbs. Dioguardi's best result was 13th at Riverside.

Personal

Dioguardi was born October 12, 1932 in Alia, Sicily. Together with his parents and two brothers the family moved to Los Angeles in 1949. In 1953 the family settled in Glendale, California in 1953. The three brothers ran Dio Brothers Automotive. On May 11, 2015, Dioguardi died in his native Alia.

Car collection

Dioguardi was an avid car collector. The Dioguardi Collectioned was auctioned after he died. The March 86C, chassis number 86C-24, was raced by Josele Garza in the 1986 Indianapolis 500. The car was later raced by Chip Ganassi.

Year built Car Class
1967 Alfa Romeo 1300 Junior
1969 Fiat 500L Coupe
1969 Fiat 500L Coupe
1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Coupe U.S. Spec
1974 Alfa Romeo GTV 2000 Coupe European Spec
1975 Jensen Interceptor Convertible
1977 Mercedes-Benz 450SL Convertible
1979 Alfa Romeo Spider
1984 Ralt RT5 Formula Super Vee
1986 March 86C IndyCar
1988 Dallara F388 Formula 3

Motorsports results

SCCA National Championship Runoffs

Year Track Car Engine Class Finish Start Status
1965 Daytona Brabham Ford Formula C 9 21 Retired
1966 Riverside Brabham Ford Formula C 1 1 Running
1968 Riverside WRE-Shadow Chevrolet Formula A 10 Retired
1971 Road Atlanta Surtees TS5 Chevrolet Formula A 7 8 Retired

American Open-Wheel racing results

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

USAC National Championship

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 Rank Points
1969 Arciero Racing Eisert 64
PHX1

HAN

INDY

MIL

LAN

PIP

CDR

NAZ

TRE1

IRP1

IRP1

MIL2

SPR

DDIS

DQSF

ISF

BRN1

BRN2

TRE2

SAC

KEN1

KEN2

PHX2

RIV
N.C. -
1970 Arciero Racing Eisert 64
PHX1

SON

TRE1

INDY

MIL1

LAN

CDR

MIC

IRP

SPR

IRP1

MIL2

ONT

DQSF

ISF

SED

TRE2

SAC

PHX2
N.C. -

SCCA Grand Prix Championship

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Rank Points
1969 WRE-Shadow
RIV

LS

CDR

SON

ROA

LRP1

BRA

LRP2

TRE

THO

SEB
0
1970 WRE-Shadow
RIV

EDM

SEA

LS

SON

DAL

ROA<

TRE

BRA

LRP

MOS

MDO

SEB
0
1971 Dioguardi Bros Surtees TS5B
RIV

LS

SEA

MDO

ROA

EDM

BRA

LRP
28th 1

Can-Am results

Year Team Car 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 Rank Points
1972 Dioguardi Bros Titanium Ti22
MOS

ATL

WGI

MDO

ROA

DON

EDM

LS

RIV
N.C. -
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