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José Carlos Pace (PASCH-see; October 6, 1944 – March 18, 1977) was a Brazilian racing driver, who competed in 73 Grands Prix between 1972 and 1977, winning the 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix. The Autódromo José Carlos Pace at Interlagos, the scene of said victory, is named in his honour.

Pace was killed in a light aircraft accident on March 18, 1977, just over a week after the tragic events of the 1977 South African Grand Prix, which saw promising young Welshman Tom Pryce killed after Jansen van Vuuren's extinguisher struck his face. March 1977 was turning out to be a bad month for the Formula One community.


CareerEdit

Before Formula OneEdit

Pace began his racing career in Brazil during the 1960s. He later went to Britain to compete in the British Formula Three championship. He then won the Forward Trust championship with Lotus.

He was called up to Formula Two in 1971, to race for Frank Williams. His Formula Two career was not as successful as his Formula Three career, as he was unable to score any points in his six races.

1972Edit

Williams believed that Pace had a bright future, despite his unsuccessful Formula Two experience. For the 1972 season, Pace raced for Williams' Formula One team. He scored a total of three points in his debut season.

While racing in Formula One, Pace also competed in multiple Formula Two and Can-Am events.

1973Edit

For the 1973 season, Pace joined the Surtees team. His season began poorly, retiring from the first four races for the season. The highlight of his season was when he scored his first Formula One podium finish in Austria.

During this year he also raced in Formula Two with Surtees and the World Sportscar Championship with Ferrari

1974Edit

Surtees renewed Pace's contract for the 1974 season. He completed his first Brazilian Grand Prix after retiring the previous year. He had earned a fourth place finish in the race. After the Swedish Grand Prix, Pace and John Surtees had a falling out. Pace then left the team, leaving him without a ride for the Dutch Grand Prix.

Despite not qualifying for the French Grand Prix with a private Brabham team, Pace was picked up by Brabham for the remainder of the season. He finished strong in the United States, placing second.

1975Edit

Pace remained with Brabham for the 1975 season. This was the season in which he would win his first and only victory at his home Grand Prix.

During the season, Brabham had made many improvements to the car which allowed Pace to earn his first and only pole position in South Africa. This would be his strongest season in his career, placing him in sixth position for the World Championship.

1976Edit

Pace continued his career with Brabham. For the 1976 season, Brabham had switched their engine supplier to Alfa Romeo. Pace struggled with the new V12 engine.

He finished in fourteenth position in the championship.

1977Edit

Now teamed with John Watson, Pace stuck with Brabham. He had an amazing start to the season, placing second in the opening race. During the next race in Brazil, things were looking good for Pace as he led the race. However, contact with James Hunt took Pace out of the race.

It looked like there would be another strong finish for Pace, as he managed to earn second position on the grid for the South African Grand Prix. However, Pace was passed right off of the grid and finished two laps down. This would be his last race.

DeathEdit

After the South African Grand Prix, Pace would travel home to Brazil. He would be tragically killed in an aircraft accident near São Paulo. Along with the deaths of British Formula One driver Tom Pryce and track marshall Jansen Van Vuuren in the South African Grand Prix, the month of March would be forever labeled as one of the most tragic months of Formula One.

LegacyEdit

To remember his only victory, the Brazilian race track previously called Interlagos was renamed the Autódromo José Carlos Pace.

Formula One Statistical OverviewEdit

Formula One RecordEdit

Year Entrant Team WDC Points WDC Pos. Report
1972 Team Williams-Motul March-Cosworth 3 18th Report
1973 Brooke Bond Oxo Team Surtees Surtees-Ford Cosworth 7 11th Report
1974 Team Surtees Surtees-Ford Cosworth 11 12th Report
Bang & Olufsen Team Surtees
Goldie Hexagon Racing Brabham-Ford Cosworth
Motor Racing Developments
1975 Martini Racing Brabham-Ford Cosworth 24 6th Report
1976 Martini Racing Brabham-Alfa Romeo 7 14th Report
1977 Martini Racing Brabham-Alfa Romeo 6 15th Report

Career StatisticsEdit

Entries 75
Starts 71
Pole Positions 0
Front Row Starts 7
Race Wins 1
Podiums 6
Fastest laps 0
Points 58
Laps Raced 3241
Distance Raced 15759 km
Races Led 7
Laps Led 50
Distance Led 294 km
Doubles 0
Hat-Tricks 0

Race WinsEdit

Win Number Grand Prix
1 1975 Brazilian Grand Prix

Career ResultsEdit

Complete Formula One results
Year 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 Pts Pos
1972 Flag of Argentina Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 3 18th
17th 6th 17th 5th Ret Ret NC NC Ret 9th Ret
1973 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 7 11th
Ret Ret Ret Ret 8th Ret 10th 13th Ret 7th 4th 3rd Ret Ret Ret
1974 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States 11 12th
Ret 4th 11th 13th Ret Ret Ret DNQ 9th 12th Ret 5th 8th 2nd
1975 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of Sweden Flag of the Netherlands Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of Italy Flag of the United States 24 6th
Ret 1st 4th Ret 3rd 8th Ret 5th Ret 2nd Ret Ret Ret Ret
1976 Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Spain 1945 1977 Flag of Belgium Flag of Monaco Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of Canada Flag of the United States Flag of Japan 7 14th
10th Ret 9th 6th Ret 9th 8th 4th 8th 4th Ret Ret Ret 7th Ret Ret
1977 Flag of Argentina Flag of Brazil Flag of South Africa 1928-1994 Flag of the United States Flag of Spain 1977 1981 Flag of Monaco Flag of Belgium Flag of Sweden Flag of France Flag of the United Kingdom Flag of Germany Flag of Austria Flag of the Netherlands Flag of Italy Flag of the United States Flag of Canada Flag of Japan 6 15th
2nd Ret 13th


Key
Symbol Meaning Symbol Meaning
1stWinner Ret Retired
2ndPodium finish DSQ Disqualified
3rd DNQ Did not qualify
5thPoints finish DNPQ Did not pre-qualify
14thNon-points finish TD Test driver
NCNon-classified finish (<90% race distance) DNS Did not start
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