Monday 18th January 1971
Born on this day, Christian Fittipaldi, Brazilian driver, the son of Wilson Fittipaldi – and nephew of Emerson. Christian entered Formula 1 in 1992 as reigning Formula 3000 champion and the third member of the Fittipaldi clan to line up at an F1 grid. Just when things improved in F1, he scored two 4th places with an apparently competitive the Arrows at the beginning of 1994, the radical cut down of downforce after the tragic San Marino all hopes for a positive remainder of the season. Disappointed Chrsitian opted for a switch to the US Champcar scene in 1995 with Walker Racing and took second place in the Indy 500. After suffering a badly broken leg at the 1997 Surfers Paradise round, he finally scored his first CART victory at Road America in 1999 and a second one in 2000 at Fontana. He has since raced in NASCAR, the Brazilian Stock Cars V8 Series and the US-based Grand Am Championship.