Nasif Estefano

Full Name:
Nasif Moises Estefano
Born:
18th November 1932
Concepcion, Tucuman
Died:
21st October 1973 (Aged 40)
Aimogasta, La Rioja
Nationality:
Argentinian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Nasif Estéfano was a competent local touring car driver who stepped out of the national shadows to race in the 1960 Argentine Grand Prix. A veteran of the country’s Turismo Carretera since 1955, Estéfano drove Camoradi International’s old Maserati 250F in the opening round of the 1960 World Championship. He ran at the back of the field and had been lapped 10 times by the end when classified 14th and last.

He then raced in Formula Junior during 1961 but was unable to qualify the less-than-competitive De Tomaso F1/801 he had hired for the 1962 Italian GP. Undeterred, a limited season with the team was planned in 1963 and he retired from the Rome GP after a lap at Vallelunga. Estéfano was entered in three world championship races that summer but never appeared – the car apparently not ready.

His Porsche 904GTS was fifth and a class winner in the 1964 Reims 12 Hours but he then returned to South America. He enjoyed some Formula 3 success (Argentinian champion in 1965 and 1966) before concentrating on the Turismo Carretera once more. Victory at Mendoza in 1966 was the first of nine wins in that national touring car series.

It was in such a race that champion-elect Estéfano lost his life in 1973. He had already won five races that season and was all-but assured of the title when he crashed his Ford Falcon. He was thrown clear when his seatbelt broke and he died on the way to hospital. His title was later confirmed posthumously.

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