Stefan Johansson

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Stefan Johansson
Stefan Johansson 2007 (crop).JPG
Stefan Johansson in 2007.
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Formula One World Championship career
Active years1980 Formula One season, 1983 Formula One season - 1991 Formula One season
TeamsShadow Racing Team, Spirit (racing team), Tyrrell Racing, Toleman, Ferrari, McLaren, Ligier, Onyx (racing team), Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives, Footwork Arrows
Races103 (79 starts)
List of Formula One World Drivers' Champions0
Wins0
Podiums12
Career points88
Pole position0
Fastest lap0
First race1980 Argentine Grand Prix
Last race1991 British Grand Prix

Stefan Nils Edwin Johansson (born September 8, 1956) is a former Formula One driver from Sweden. Since leaving Formula One he has raced in a number of categories, including Champ Car, various kinds of Sports car racing, and Grand Prix Masters.

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Formula One career


Johansson's route to Formula One was via the British Formula 3 Championship, which he won in 1980. In F1 he participated in 103 grands prix, debuting on January 13, 1980 for the Shadow team when he was still an F3 regular, although these outings were unsuccessful and his fulltime F1 debut did not occur until 1983 after a spell in Formula 2. His links to the Spirit (racing team) team and their Honda Racing F1 engines saw him re-enter F1 with them. In his Grand Prix career, Johansson achieved 12 podiums, and scored a total of 88 championship points. He joined Tyrrell in 1984 as a mid-season replacement for the injured Martin Brundle and then went on to Toleman for the end of season Grands Prix, finishing fourth in the 1984 Italian Grand Prix. A contract was signed with Toleman for 1985 but it fell through when Toleman failed to secure a tyre agreement. Instead Johansson started again with Tyrrell before being called up to Ferrari when René Arnoux was sacked. He led his second race with Ferrari in 1985 San Marino Grand Prix and would probably have won if he had not run out of fuel with two laps to go.

His role at Ferrari for the 1985 season was to back up Michele Alboreto's championship challenge, but in 1986 he often outpaced his Italy team-mate. For 1987 he moved to McLaren as Alain Prost's number two. Further podium finishes followed, but the team always intended to replace him with Ayrton Senna in 1988. Despite 11 podiums in 3 seasons, Stefan was still winless, and was not wanted by a top team.

He joined Ligier, ironically alongside Arnoux, but the car was totally uncompetitive, scoring no points and not always qualifying, even against teams with much smaller budgets such as Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives and Rial (racing team). Better was to follow in 1989 as he was signed to lead the new Onyx (racing team) team. Their car was temperamental and didn't always qualify, but Stefan finished third in Portugal for his last (and the team's only) podium finish. He fell out with new team owner Peter Monteverdi in early 1990 and was duly sacked, making further appearances for Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives and Footwork Arrows in 1991.

He remains the driver with the most F1 podium finishes without ever winning a race.

CART career


Stefan Johansson
CART World Series
Years active 1992-1996
Teams Minardi Team USA
Starts 73
Wins 0
Poles 0
Best finish 11th in 1994 CART World Series Season
Awards
1992 CART Rookie of the year

For 1992 he moved over to CART Championship Car, winning the Rookie of the Year title with two third places, ahead of Belgium's Eric Bachelart. His first pole came at Portland the next year, but as in Formula 1 he never won a race. From 1992 to 1996, he started 73 races and had his best season overall in 1994, finishing in 11th. During this time, he competed in the 1993-1995 Indianapolis 500. At the 1996 Molson Indy Toronto race, he was involved in an accident that claimed the life of fellow driver Jeff Krosnoff. After making wheel to wheel contact, Jeff's car hit the barriers and also a tree and lamp post that was too close to the track. Krosnoff died instantly of the injuries sustained from hitting the lamp post.

After F1: Sports Cars and Team Ownership


Before his Formula One career Stefan had participated in sports car races such as 24 Hours of Le Mans, and had won two World Sportscar Championship races in the 1980s (the Mugello round in 1983, driving a Joest Racing Porsche 956 with Bob Wollek, and the 1988 Spa Francorchamps race in a Sauber C9 with Mauro Baldi). After retiring from CART at the end of the 1996 season he returned to this type of racing. During 1997 he recorded two major race wins, at the 12 Hours of Sebring driving a Ferrari 333 SP and at Le Mans where he drove a Joest Porsche.

Johansson driving a Joest Racing Porsche WSC-95 at Donington Park in 1997.

In 1997 in Indy Lights Johansson founded a successful Indy Lights team running Fredrik Larsson and Jeff Ward (motocross); in 1998 in Indy Lights its drivers were Guy Smith and Luiz Garcia, Jr.; for 1999 in Indy Lights the seats went to Scott Dixon and Ben Collins.

During 1998 & 1999 Stefan raced for various sports car teams (like the unreliable Audi R8 Race CarC Coupé at Le Mans) but in 2000 he started Johansson-Matthews racing with an American businessman called Jim Matthews. They competed in the American Le Mans Series using a Reynard Motorsport 2KQ prototype. Unfortunately this wasn't a successful vehicle in its original form (though it was later developed into various other successful cars including the Zytek that he later raced) and the partnership dissolved.

In 2001 Stefan was lucky enough to be able to campaign an Audi R8 Race Car prototype with backing from Gulf Oil and the assistance of Mike Earle's Arena team. That year he raced in the European Le Mans Series, the American Le Mans Series and at Le Mans itself. His co-drivers were Guy Smith and Patrick Lemarie. At Le Mans Smith was replaced by Tom Coronel.

2002 saw Stefan back in an Audi R8 Race Car but this time one run by the Miami based Champion Racing team. His co-driver was ex Formula One driver Johnny Herbert and they competed in the American Le Mans Series.

For 2003, he returned to CART as a team owner, running American Spirit Team Johansson with Jimmy Vasser and Ryan Hunter-Reay as drivers. This was one of many new teams for the 2003 CART season; ironically, Bachelart's Mi-Jack Conquest Racing team was another. The team was under-funded, and although Hunter-Reay scored a fluke win in the wet conditions at Gold Coast Indy 300, it folded at the end of the season.

After only competing in a couple of celebrity races and occasional outings in the works Zytek in 2004 Stefan returned to full time racing in 2005 driving the Chip Ganassi run New Century Mortgage sponsored Lexus Riley Daytona Prototype in the American Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series. With co-driver Cort Wagner he scored his best finish, a 2nd place, at Mont Tremblant in Canada, they finished the year in 5th place in the championship.

In 2006 as well as the Grand Prix Masters series, Stefan has made occasional appearances in Grand-Am for the Cheever and CITGO teams, and has continued an association with the works Zytek team in the Le Mans Series.

2007 saw Johansson competing in a Highcroft Racing Courage Compétition-Acura in the LMP2 class of the American Le Mans Series, sharing with David Brabham. He was due to race a Zytek at Le Mans in 2007, but the team could not rebuild the car in time after a test-day accident, and Johansson made a last minute deal to drive a works Courage.

Johansson took part in the inaugural Speedcar Series in 2008, where luck once again deserted him - as the victim of a lot of other drivers' accidents. For 2008 Johansson does not have a full-time sports car drive, with some outings planned in the Highcroft Acura ARX-01 in the American Le Mans Series and a place with the Epsilon Euskadi team at Le Mans.

Outside the cockpit, Stefan has a number of business ventures (including managing several successful drivers such as Scott Dixon) and is a keen Artist - he is particularly known for his Watch designs.

Career results

Complete Formula One World Championship results

(Note: grands prix in bold denote pole position.)

Year Entrant Chassis Engine 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 WDC Pts.
1980 Formula One season Shadow Racing Team Shadow Racing Team Shadow DN11 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV V8 engine 1980 Argentine Grand Prix
DNQ
1980 Brazilian Grand Prix
DNQ
1980 South African Grand Prix 1980 United States Grand Prix West 1980 Belgian Grand Prix 1980 Monaco Grand Prix 1980 French Grand Prix 1980 British Grand Prix 1980 German Grand Prix 1980 Austrian Grand Prix 1980 Dutch Grand Prix 1980 Italian Grand Prix 1980 Canadian Grand Prix 1980 United States Grand Prix NC 0
1983 Formula One season Spirit (racing team) Spirit (racing team) Spirit 201 Honda Racing F1 V6 engine Turbo-charged 1983 Brazilian Grand Prix 1983 United States Grand Prix West 1983 French Grand Prix 1983 San Marino Grand Prix 1983 Monaco Grand Prix 1983 Belgian Grand Prix 1983 Detroit Grand Prix 1983 Canadian Grand Prix 1983 British Grand Prix
Ret
1983 German Grand Prix
Ret
1983 Austrian Grand Prix
12
1983 Dutch Grand Prix
7
1983 Italian Grand Prix
Ret
1983 European Grand Prix
14
1983 South African Grand Prix NC 0
1984 Formula One season Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell 012 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV V8 engine 1984 Brazilian Grand Prix 1984 South African Grand Prix 1984 Belgian Grand Prix 1984 San Marino Grand Prix 1984 French Grand Prix 1984 Monaco Grand Prix 1984 Canadian Grand Prix 1984 Detroit Grand Prix 1984 Dallas Grand Prix 1984 British Grand Prix
DSQ
1984 German Grand Prix
DSQ
1984 Austrian Grand Prix
DNQ
1984 Dutch Grand Prix
DSQ
17th 3
Toleman Toleman Toleman TG184 Hart (racing) Straight-4 Turbo-charged 1984 Italian Grand Prix
4
1984 European Grand Prix
Ret
1984 Portuguese Grand Prix
11
1985 Formula One season Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell Racing Tyrrell 012 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV V8 engine 1985 Brazilian Grand Prix
7
7th 26
Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari 156/85 Ferrari V6 engine Turbo-charged 1985 Portuguese Grand Prix
8
1985 San Marino Grand Prix
6
1985 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1985 Canadian Grand Prix
2
1985 Detroit Grand Prix
2
1985 French Grand Prix
4
1985 British Grand Prix
Ret
1985 German Grand Prix
9
1985 Austrian Grand Prix
4
1985 Dutch Grand Prix
Ret
1985 Italian Grand Prix
5
1985 Belgian Grand Prix
Ret
1985 European Grand Prix
Ret
1985 South African Grand Prix
4
1985 Australian Grand Prix
5
1986 Formula One season Scuderia Ferrari Ferrari F1/86 Ferrari V6 engine Turbo-charged 1986 Brazilian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1986 San Marino Grand Prix
4
1986 Monaco Grand Prix
10
1986 Belgian Grand Prix
3
1986 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1986 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1986 French Grand Prix
Ret
1986 British Grand Prix
Ret
1986 German Grand Prix
11
1986 Hungarian Grand Prix
4
1986 Austrian Grand Prix
3
1986 Italian Grand Prix
3
1986 Portuguese Grand Prix
6
1986 Mexican Grand Prix
12
1986 Australian Grand Prix
3
5th 23
1987 Formula One season Marlboro (cigarette) Team McLaren Team McLaren McLaren MP4-3 Techniques d'Avant Garde V6 engine Turbo-charged 1987 Brazilian Grand Prix
3
1987 San Marino Grand Prix
4
1987 Belgian Grand Prix
2
1987 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Detroit Grand Prix
7
1987 French Grand Prix
8
1987 British Grand Prix
Ret
1987 German Grand Prix
2
1987 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Austrian Grand Prix
7
1987 Italian Grand Prix
6
1987 Portuguese Grand Prix
5
1987 Spanish Grand Prix
3
1987 Mexican Grand Prix
Ret
1987 Japanese Grand Prix
3
1987 Australian Grand Prix
Ret
6th 30
1988 Formula One season Ligier Ligier Ligier JS31 Judd (engine) V8 engine 1988 Brazilian Grand Prix
9
1988 San Marino Grand Prix
DNQ
1988 Monaco Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Mexican Grand Prix
10
1988 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Detroit Grand Prix
Ret
1988 French Grand Prix
DNQ
1988 British Grand Prix
DNQ
1988 German Grand Prix
DNQ
1988 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Belgian Grand Prix
11
1988 Italian Grand Prix
DNQ
1988 Portuguese Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Spanish Grand Prix
Ret
1988 Japanese Grand Prix
DNQ
1988 Australian Grand Prix
9
NC 0
1989 Formula One season Moneytron Onyx (racing team) Onyx (racing team) Onyx ORE-1 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV V8 engine 1989 Brazilian Grand Prix
DNPQ
1989 San Marino Grand Prix
DNPQ
1989 Monaco Grand Prix
DNPQ
1989 Mexican Grand Prix
Ret
1989 United States Grand Prix
Ret
1989 Canadian Grand Prix
DSQ
1989 French Grand Prix
5
1989 British Grand Prix
DNPQ
1989 German Grand Prix
Ret
1989 Hungarian Grand Prix
Ret
1989 Belgian Grand Prix
8
1989 Italian Grand Prix
DNPQ
1989 Portuguese Grand Prix
3
1989 Spanish Grand Prix
DNPQ
1989 Japanese Grand Prix
DNPQ
1989 Australian Grand Prix
DNPQ
12th 6
1990 Formula One season Moneytron Onyx (racing team) Onyx (racing team) Onyx ORE-1 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV V8 engine 1990 United States Grand Prix
DNQ
1990 Brazilian Grand Prix
DNQ
1990 San Marino Grand Prix 1990 Monaco Grand Prix 1990 Canadian Grand Prix 1990 Mexican Grand Prix 1990 French Grand Prix 1990 British Grand Prix 1990 German Grand Prix 1990 Hungarian Grand Prix 1990 Belgian Grand Prix 1990 Italian Grand Prix 1990 Portuguese Grand Prix 1990 Spanish Grand Prix 1990 Japanese Grand Prix 1990 Australian Grand Prix NC 0
1991 Formula One season Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives Automobiles Gonfaronnaises Sportives AGS JH25 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV V8 engine 1991 United States Grand Prix
DNQ
1991 Brazilian Grand Prix
DNQ
NC 0
Footwork Arrows Footwork Arrows Footwork FA12 Porsche in Formula One V12 engine 1991 San Marino Grand Prix 1991 Monaco Grand Prix 1991 Canadian Grand Prix
Ret
1991 Mexican Grand Prix
DNQ
Footwork Arrows Footwork FA12 Ford Motor Company Cosworth DFV V8 engine 1991 French Grand Prix
DNQ
1991 British Grand Prix
DNQ
1991 German Grand Prix 1991 Hungarian Grand Prix 1991 Belgian Grand Prix 1991 Italian Grand Prix 1991 Portuguese Grand Prix 1991 Spanish Grand Prix 1991 Japanese Grand Prix 1991 Australian Grand Prix

Indy 500 results

Year Chassis Engine Start Finish Team
1993 Indianapolis 500 Penske Racing Chevrolet 6th 11th Bettenhausen Racing
1994 Indianapolis 500 Penske Racing Ilmor 27th 15th Bettenhausen Racing
1995 Indianapolis 500 Reynard Motorsport Ford-Cosworth 31st 16th Bettenhausen Racing

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