Tuesday, July 4, 2017

René Arnoux Born in Grenoble, France - July 4, 1948

July 4, 1948
René Arnoux
(Photo;"Rene Arnoux WSR2008 HU" by Peter Moricz)
Born in Grenoble, France.
Arnoux's career began in Formule Renault and he first moved into Formula Two in 1974 with Elf, taking fourth place on his debut at Nogaro. In 1975 he moved to Formule Super Renault and won the title. For 1976, Arnoux moved back to Formula Two with an Elf-sponsored, works Martini-Renault, winning three races and narrowly losing the title to Jean-Pierre Jabouille. However, he won the 1977 European Championship, again driving a Martini-Renault. Arnoux won races at Silverstone, Hockenheim, Pau and Nogaro, which along with second places at Enna-Pergusa and Estoril saw him finish 12 points clear of American Eddie Cheever who was driving for Ron Dennis' Project Four Racing, and 14 points clear of team mate Didier Pironi.

Arnoux continued with the Martini team when it made the transition to Formula One in 1978. Arnoux competed in 12 Formula One seasons from 1978 to 1989. He participated in 165 World Championship Grands Prix, winning seven of them, achieving 22 podium finishes and scoring 181 career points. His best finish in the World Drivers' Championship was third in 1983 for Ferrari.

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