Franco Cortese (February 10 1903 in Oggebbio Novara near Turin - November 13 1986) was an Italian automobile racing driver, who started the Mille Miglia a record 14 times (1927-1956). He started with Itala (1926), then Alfa Romeo, Bugatti, for Scuderia Ferrari (1930). With Maserati he did voiturette racing (1937-39). Cortese became most famous for his affiliation with Ferrari (1947-1951), which brought victories at 1947 Grand Prix of Rome, 1947 Circuito di Vercelli, 1947 Circuito di Vigevano, 1947 Circuito di Varese, 1950 Grand Prix of Naples. With Frazer-Nash he won the 1951 Targa Florio, and again, with Ferrari he won the 1956 Italian 2-litre championshop in a Ferrari 500.