|Formula One World Championship career|
|Active years||1955 - 1957|
|First race||1955 Argentine Grand Prix|
|Last race||1957 Argentine Grand Prix|
Castellotti was born in Lodi. After being signed by Scuderia Ferrari, Eugenio Castellotti participated in 14 World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on January 16, 1955. He secured one pole position, achieved 3 podiums, and scored a total of 19.5 championship points.
He also participated in several non-Championship Formula One races. Castellotti won the March 1956 12 Hours of Sebring at Sebring, Florida. He followed this triumph by winning the Mille Miglia race in Brescia and the Grand Prix for sports cars in Rouen, France. Castellotti's Ferrari achieved a time over the 210-mile (338 km) Essarts Circuit of 2 hours 10 minutes 31.1 seconds.
Born to a wealthy northern Italian family, he acquired a Ferrari at the age of twenty and began racing sports cars in 1952 He was known for his manner and tailored clothes, gaining publicity for his relationship with ballerina and actress, Delia Scala.
He was killed at only 26 years old during a private Ferrari test session at the Modena Autodrome. Castellotti was testing a new Ferrari for the 1957 12 Hours of Sebring. He crashed against a curve of the Autodrome and his body was hurled 100 yards (91.4 m). He had just been told to accelerate his speed so that he could average 85.127 miles per hour (136.999 km/h). The car turned over several times and ran into a fence where spectators gathered to watch test runs. No one else was injured. Doctors said Castellotti died instantly from a fractured skull.
Four years later, another Italian driver, Giulio Cabianca, Castellotti's best friend, fatally crashed in the same Autodrome. Castellotti was considered the greatest Italian driver since Alberto Ascari, who died testing a car on May 26, 1955.
Major career wins (sportscars):
- Mille Miglia
- 12 Hours of Sebring
- Sicily Gold Cup
- Circuito di Senigallia
- Portuguese Grand Prix
- 1000 km Buenos Aires
Complete Formula One results
(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)
|Formula One fatal accidents
March 14, 1957
26 years, 121 days
(1955 Indianapolis 500)
|Youngest Grand Prix Pole Position
24 years, 238 days
(1955 Belgian Grand Prix)
23 years, 216 days
(1968 German GP)