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Tony Adamowicz

Person from United States of America

Tony Adamowicz (born May 2, 1941) is a former American racing driver from Port Henry, New York. He won the 1968 Trans-Am Under 2-Liter championship in a Porsche, then raced in the Can-Am Series and Formula 5000, winning the 1969 Formula 5000 championship. He had an opportunity to race in the 1970 Indianapolis 500, but during the first lap of his qualifying attempt in his Eagle-Offy the yellow light was shown and Adamowicz slowed. However, the yellow was an error and Adamowicz was ordered to continue with the other 3 laps. The first lap, 6 mph (9.7 km/h) slower than his others, dragged down his average to a point where he was bumped from the field. He got in another car but crashed in practice before having a chance to requalify. He returned to sports cars achieving second place in the 1971 24 Hours of Daytona in a Ferrari 512M, shared with Ronnie Bucknum, and third place in the 1971 24 Hours of Le Mans with the same car. After the decline of the Can Am and F5000 formulas, he moved to IMSA series and won the 1981 GTU championship in a Electramotive Nissan 280ZX and 1982 and 1983 GTO championships in an Electramotive 280ZX-T. He returned to prototypes in 1984 but had little success  ( Wikipedia article )

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Date of birth
1941-05-02
Nationality
United States of America

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