Fabrizio Barbazza Fabrizio Barbazza, 1993 San Marino GP Barbazza

Full Name: Fabrizio Barbazza
Nationality: Italian
Born: 2 April 1963, Monza (ITA)

First GP: 1993 South African Grand Prix
Last GP: 1993 French Grand Prix

Entries: 20 Grands Prix: 8 Non-starts: 12
Wins: 0 Best Finish: 6th Best Grid: 20th
Fastest Laps: 0 Points: 2 Retirements: 5

CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
1985 Italian Formula 3, Venturini Dallara, 3rd overall
1986 Indy Lights, Arciero Racing, 9 races, 5 wins, 7 podiums, 145 points, 1st overall
1987 IndyCar, Arciero Racing, 14 races, 1 podium, 42 points, 12th overall, Rookie of the Year
  Indianpolis 500, Arciero Racing, 3rd overall, Rookie of the Year
1989 IndyCar, Arciero Racing, 8 races, 6 points, 24th overall
1991 Formula 1, AGS Cosworth JH25/JH27, 12 entries, never qualified for a race
1992 IndyCar, Arciero Racing, 4 races, 1 DNQ, 1 point, 35th overall
1993 Formula 1, Minardi Ford M193, 8 races, 2 points, 19th overall

Fabrizio Barbazza


Blessed with a killer mullet haircut that would be more suited to a 1980s rocker, Barbazza was perhaps always destined for motorsport, having been born at no less a place than Monza.

He formed his early reputation as a fast – but wild! – driver in the Italian Formula 3 scene, finishing third in the series in 1985.

Faced with limited opportunities to move up the motorsport ladder in Europe, he took the unusual step of crossing the Atlantic to compete in the newly-formed American Racing Series in 1986, which he won on debut.

By the following year, Fabrizio had graduated to CART, taking over a vacancy in the Frank Arciero team, and he took an incredible third-placed finish at the Indianapolis 500, cementing ‘Rookie of the Year’ honours with twelfth place in the season-ending standings.

Still having an eye on a Formula 1 seat, Fabrizio returned to Europe and contested Formula 3000 before he landed a seat with the AGS F1 team in 1991.

But it was a fruitless task trying to qualify the off-the-pace car, and he returned to CART before joining F1 again in 1993, this time with Minardi. The Italian drove well for the underfinanced team, picking up two sixth places at San Marino and Donington before his funds ran dry mid-season.

Fabrizio returned to the United States once again, picking up a drive in the IMSA championship and finishing eighth in the Dayton 24 Hours.

But his racing career would come to a sudden end when he was involved in a huge multi-car accident at Road Atlanta, which saw him T-boned by another driver and in hospital with critical injuries. Although it took over a year, he thankfully made a complete recovery but never got back in the cockpit.

Instead, he set up a go-kart circuit at his birthplace in Monza and started to research safer crash barrier designs in the hope that he could prevent the type of accidents that led to his career-ending injuries.

Later on, Fabrizio relocated to Cuba and set up a successful fishing resort on the country’s north, occasionally dabbling in a little bit of social karting.

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