Moises Solana

Full Name:
Moises Solana Arciniega
Born:
26th December 1935
Mexico City
Died:
27th July 1969 (Aged 33)
Valle de Bravo, Mexico State, hillclimb
Nationality:
Mexican
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

The third Mexican to start a world championship Grand Prix (after the Rodríguez brothers) was rent-a-driver Moisés Solana. He competed in his national race from 1962 until 1968 and is the only driver to start a championship round in car number 13. Ron Dennis made his own debut in the series when working on Solana’s Cooper T81-Maserati at the 1966 Mexican GP. Nothing but a journeyman in motor racing, but Solana was an expert in another arena. He was a successful player in the fast-moving racket sport Jai Alai.

Mexican Grand Prix regular

Solana raced in national events before entering the inaugural Mexican GP in 1962 with Reg Parnell’s Cooper T58-BRM. Build-up to that non-championship race was marred by Ricardo Rodríguez’s fatal accident during practice and Solana did not start.

The race was granted championship status in 1963 and Solana made his full GP debut with a Scuderia Centro Sud BRM P57. He qualified car number 13 and finished in 11th position. He hired a third works Lotus 33-Climax for the dramatic 1964 championship decider in México City. Team-leader Jim Clark was denied another world title late in the race as Solana finished in a career-best 10th position.

The Mexican made a rare overseas appearance in the 1965 United States GP with a works Lotus 25-Climax but did not impress then or in his home event a fortnight later. He then retired from the 1966 Mexican GP with his works Cooper T81-Maserati overheating.

European Formula 2 and final F1 appearances

Solana’s Lotus 48 finished 13th in the one European race of his career – the opening Formula 2 race of 1967 at Járama. Practice for the 1967 United States and Mexican GPs perhaps proved the Mexican’s finest moments in international racing for he qualified his works Lotus 49-Ford in seventh and ninth positions respectively.

The 1968 season began with victory driving a McLaren M6B-Chevrolet when the United States Road Racing Championship visited Mexico. That year’s Mexican GP was his eighth and final GP with Solana retiring when the wing on his Lotus 49 collapsed.

Doubtless, he would have made arrangements to compete in the 1969 race but Solana was killed after his Can-Am McLaren M6B-Chevy crashed into a bridge and caught fire on the Valle de Bravo hillclimb.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
1968 F1 World Championship
Team Lotus
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1967 F1 World Championship
Team Lotus
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1967 European F2 Trophy
Team Lotus
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1966 F1 World Championship
Cooper Car Co
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1965 F1 World Championship
Team Lotus
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1964 F1 World Championship
Team Lotus
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1963 F1 World Championship
Scuderia Centro Sud
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
0