Raul Boesel

Full Name:
Raul de Mesquita Boesel
Born:
4th December 1957 (Age 61)
Curitiba, Parana
Nationality:
Brazilian
Most recent race (in database):
Biography

Former Brazilian 125cc kart champion Raul Boesel arrived in British Formula Ford 1600 after a single season in the national Chevrolet Opala series. He finished as runner-up in both the RAC and Townsend Thoresen FF1600 Championships driving a works Van Diemen RF80 during 1980, learning the language and only beaten by team-mates Tommy Byrne and Roberto Moreno respectively.

A quick route to Formula 1 is followed by his fast exit

Third in the 1981 British Formula 3 Championship with Murray Taylor’s Ralt RT3-Toyota, the ambitious youngster took the bold decision to graduate straight to Formula 1. However, 1982 was a difficult baptism with the Rothmans March F1 team. The Brazilian was eighth at Zolder but he did not qualify on five occasions. A move to Ligier for 1983 proved little better – finishing seventh at Long Beach but his Grand Prix career was over after just two seasons.

Champ Cars and sports car success

He switched to Dick Simon Racing’s Duracell Lola-Cosworth for the 1985 and 1986 Champ Car seasons. Improving form during that second season included fifth place finishes at both Michigan and Pocono and a front row start at Tamiami Park.

With unfinished business in Europe, Boesel joined the Silk Cut Jaguar sports car team for 1987. He won five times and emerged as World Sportscar Champion in his finest season in the sport.

Despite that success (and victory at Daytona in 1988), Boesel returned to Champ Cars and the highlight of two seasons with Doug Shierson Racing was third in the 1989 Indianapolis 500. Leaders Emerson Fittipaldi and Al Unser Jr clashed on the penultimate lap. Fittipaldi was able to continue and win but Unser crashed and was classified second. However, if both had been eliminated, Boesel would have been able to unlap himself and inherit an unlikely victory.

A season with TrueSports followed before Boesel returned to Jaguar in 1991 – winning the Miami IMSA race and finishing second at Le Mans with Davy Jones and Michel Ferté. He drove Dick Simon’s Lola-Chevrolet in Champ Cars after Hiro Matsushita was injured practising for the 1992 Indy 500.

Boesel scored a career-best second place finish at Detroit that year and he repeated that result (now with a Ford engine) three times in 1993. He also qualified on pole position at Milwaukee and was fifth in the final standings.

Continuing with Simon for 1994, Boesel qualified second at Indianapolis only to retire at half distance. With another pole position at Milwaukee and second place finish at Laguna Seca, his breakthrough victory proved as elusive as ever. He was leading the Michigan 500 in the closing stages when his engine failed for instance.

His 1995 defection to Rahal Hogan Racing, complete with long-term sponsors Duracell, prompted Simon to seek legal advice. But it was a fallow period for the Brazilian. Now with sponsorship from Brahma Beer, Boesel qualified Patrick Racing Reynard 97I-Ford on pole at St Louis and he then finished third at Portland during 1997.

Indy Racing League and after

He switched to the rival Indy Racing League a year later and continued to race in the series until 2002. Boesel qualified a Menard Dallara-Chevy on the outside of the front row for that year’s Indy 500 but a couple of fifth places were the best results of a stuttering IRL career.

Raul still races today from time-to-time – his Doran-Ford started fourth in the 2006 Daytona 24 Hours – but he is now more likely to be seen in the television commentary booth, working as a disc jockey in his homeland or supporting his nephew Luiz’s fledgling career.

Championship seasons

Season Name Starts Poles Podiums Wins Position Points
2002 Indy Racing League
Bradley Motorsports
Team Menard
9 0 0 0
0% win rate
19th 158
2000 Indy Racing Northern Light Series
Treadway Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
37th 14
1999 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
McCormack Motorsports
Brant Racing
6 0 0 0
0% win rate
23rd 98
1999 FedEx Championship Series
Team Green
All-American Racers
3 0 0 0
0% win rate
32nd 1
1998 Pep Boys Indy Racing League
McCormack Motorsports
11 0 0 0
0% win rate
20th 132
1997 PPG CART World Series
Patrick Racing
17 1 1 0
0% win rate
10th 91
1996 PPG Indycar World Series
Brahma Sports Team
16 0 0 0
0% win rate
22nd 17
1995 PPG Indycar World Series
Rahal-Hogan Racing
16 (1) 0 0 0
0% win rate
16th 48
1994 PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
16 1 1 0
0% win rate
7th 90
1993 PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
16 1 3 0
0% win rate
5th 132
1992 PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
13 0 2 0
0% win rate
9th 80
1991 World Sportscar Championship
Silk Cut Jaguar
1 0 1 0 21st 15
1991 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1 0 1 1 0
1990 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Dauer Racing
Konrad Motorsport
2 0 0 0 0
1990 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Truesports
16 0 0 0
0% win rate
11th 42
1989 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Shierson Racing
15 0 1 0
0% win rate
11th 68
1988 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Silk Cut Jaguar
1 0 0 0 0
1988 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Shierson Racing
15 0 0 0
0% win rate
8th 89
1988 IMSA Camel GT Championship
Tom Walkinshaw Racing
1 0 1 1 0
1987 World Sports-Prototype Championship
Silk Cut Jaguar
10 1 7 5 1st 127 (145)
1987 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Vince Granatelli Racing
2 0 0 0
0% win rate
26th 8
1986 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
17 0 0 0
0% win rate
13th 54
1985 CART/PPG Indycar World Series
Dick Simon Racing
10 0 0 0
0% win rate
28th 10
1983 F1 World Championship
Equipe Ligier Gitanes
13 (2) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1982 F1 World Championship
Rothmans March Grand Prix
10 (5) 0 0 0
0% win rate
0
1982 World Endurance Championship 1 0 0 0 0
1981 European F3 Championship
Murray Taylor Racing
1 0 0 0
0% win rate
15th 3