Roberto Guerrero

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Roberto Guerrero
Roberto Guerrero 2010 Indy 500 Practice Day 7.JPG
Guerrero at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2010.
NationalityColombia Colombian
BornRoberto José Guerrero Isaza
(1958-11-16) 16 November 1958 (age 55)
Medellín, Colombia
Formula One World Championship career
Active years19821983
TeamsEnsign, Theodore
Races29 (21 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race1982 South African Grand Prix
Last race1983 European Grand Prix
Champ Car career
118 race(s) run over 12 year(s)
Years active1984-1995
Team(s)Bignotti-Carter Racing (1984)
Team Cotter (1985-1986)
Vince Granatelli Racing (1987-1988)
Morales Motorsports (1989)
Patrick Racing (1990-1991)
King Racing (1991-1993)
Euromotorsport (1991)
Pagan Racing (1994-1995)
Best finish4th - 1987
First race1984 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Long Beach)
Last race1995 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
First win1987 Checker 200 (Phoenix)
Last win1987 Escort Radar Warning 200 (Mid-Ohio)
WinsPodiumsPoles
2105
Verizon IndyCar Series
Years active1996–2001
TeamsPagan Racing (1996-1998)
Cobb Racing (1998-1999)
A.J. Foyt Enterprises (2000)
Team Coulson (2000)
Dick Simon Racing (2001)
Starts25
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish4th in 1996
Awards
1984
1984

1998
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year
Scott Brayton Award
 
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For the Argentine Olympic cyclist, see Roberto Guerrero (cyclist).
Roberto Guerrero
Roberto Guerrero 2010 Indy 500 Practice Day 7.JPG
Guerrero at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway in May 2010.
NationalityColombia Colombian
BornRoberto José Guerrero Isaza
(1958-11-16) 16 November 1958 (age 55)
Medellín, Colombia
Formula One World Championship career
Active years19821983
TeamsEnsign, Theodore
Races29 (21 starts)
Championships0
Wins0
Podiums0
Career points0
Pole positions0
Fastest laps0
First race1982 South African Grand Prix
Last race1983 European Grand Prix
Champ Car career
118 race(s) run over 12 year(s)
Years active1984-1995
Team(s)Bignotti-Carter Racing (1984)
Team Cotter (1985-1986)
Vince Granatelli Racing (1987-1988)
Morales Motorsports (1989)
Patrick Racing (1990-1991)
King Racing (1991-1993)
Euromotorsport (1991)
Pagan Racing (1994-1995)
Best finish4th - 1987
First race1984 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach (Long Beach)
Last race1995 Indianapolis 500 (Indianapolis)
First win1987 Checker 200 (Phoenix)
Last win1987 Escort Radar Warning 200 (Mid-Ohio)
WinsPodiumsPoles
2105
Verizon IndyCar Series
Years active1996–2001
TeamsPagan Racing (1996-1998)
Cobb Racing (1998-1999)
A.J. Foyt Enterprises (2000)
Team Coulson (2000)
Dick Simon Racing (2001)
Starts25
Wins0
Poles0
Best finish4th in 1996
Awards
1984
1984

1998
Indianapolis 500 Rookie of the Year
Champ Car World Series Rookie of the Year
Scott Brayton Award
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Guerrero and the second or maternal family name is Isaza.

Roberto José Guerrero Isaza (born 16 November 1958, in Medellín) is a former racing driver from Colombia. He participated in 29 Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 23 January 1982.

With no championship points in Formula One and no prospects to drive for a competitive team, Guerrero left at the end of the 1983 season to race in the United States. He had an auspicious beginning to his Champ Car racing career, winning both CART and Indianapolis 500 rookie of the year honors in 1984. His initial promise was never completely fulfilled, winning only two CART races, both in 1987. Later the same year he had a massive accident which left him in a coma for 17 days.

Of special note were Guerrero's participations in the Indianapolis 500. He came very close to winning outright on two occasions, but bad luck always kept the victory out of his grasp. In 1992 he spun off on the pace lap after having qualified on the pole position. Guerrero finished runner up twice, in the top-five five times, and held the qualifying speed record from 1992 through 1996. Guerrero was also selected to participate in the 1988 International Race of Champions.

Guerrero became a naturalized citizen of the United States in 1989. He and his wife have three children and reside in San Juan Capistrano in Orange County, California.

In recent years Guerrero has returned to racing, but of a different venue. He began off-road racing at the legendary Baja 2000. He has since continued to race in Baja 1000 events and guide tours of the Baja Peninsula with Wide Open Baja.

Early racing[edit]

Karting[edit]

Guerrero began his racing career in 1972 by competing in kart racing. From 1972 to 1977 he won two national championships in his native Colombia. He also finished third in the 1975 Pan American Karting Championship.

Jim Russell Driving School[edit]

Guerrero then joined the Jim Russell Racing School in 1977. In the school's six events Guerrero managed to win 5 of the races and finished second in the other race.

Open wheel racing[edit]

Formula car racing[edit]

British Formula Ford 1600[edit]

Guerrero began competing in British Formula Ford 1600 in 1978. He took eight wins during the season.

Formula Three[edit]

British Formula Three[edit]

Guerrero competed in Vandervell British Formula Three for Angila Cars in an Argo JM3-Toyota. He finished 9th in points with 15 points.

Guerrero returned to the series in 1980 with Argo Racing Cars in a Argo JM6-Toyota. During the season he scored five victories at Thruxton Circuit (twice), Cadwell Park, Brands Hatch and Oulton Park. He tied for seconnd in points with Kenneth Acheson, each with 95 points.

European Formula Three[edit]

While competing in British Formula Three Guerrero competed in European Formula Three. He again drove for Angila Cars in an Argo JM3-Toyota. At the end of the season he scored 2 points to finish in 25th place in the championship.

European Formula Two[edit]

In 1981 Guerrero began competing in European Formula Two for Maurer Motorsport in a Maurer MM81-BMW. He won the Jochen Rindt Memorial Trophy at the Thruxton Circuit. His next best finishes were a pair of 4th place finishes at the Gran Premio del Mediterraneo at Enna-Pergusa and the Gran Premio dell'Adriatico at the Misano Circuit and he finished 7th in the championship with 16 points.

Formula One[edit]

Guerrero began competing in Formula One in 1982 for Ensign Racing, beginning the season in a #14 Café de Colombia/Moda Caribu Ensign N180B-Ford Cosworth DFV at the season-opening South African Grand Prix. He failed to qualify for the event due to Guerrero's Formula Two team Maurer Motorsport and its boss Willy Maurer filing an injunction to Ensign team boss Morris Nunn and as a result Guerrero was withdrawn from the race. An official press report from Nunn stated that Guerrero was "in an inappropriate physical and mental condition to drive."[1] Guerrero returned for the following race, the Brazilian Grand Prix, in a new Ensign N181. He again failed to qualify for the race. Guerrero qualified for the third race of the season, the United States Grand Prix West, starting 19th and finished 15th after crashing 27 laps into the race. Ensign skipped the San Marino Grand Prix due to the FISA-FOCA war and Guerrero then failed to qualify for the Belgian Grand Prix. At the Monaco Grand Prix Ensign's tire supplier Avon withdrew from Formula One and that left the team tireless. The team got some older tires to use for the race, but Guerrero failed to qualify. Michelin started supplying tires to the team after Monaco and Guerrero qualified for Michelin's first race for the team, the Detroit Grand Prix, starting in a respectable 11th place. In the race Guerrero was involved in a crash 6 laps into the race and was credited with a 19th place finish. After that, Guerrero then only failed to qualify at the Dutch Grand Prix and the French Grand Prix. Guerrero scored his best finish of 1982 (and his entire Formula One career) at the German Grand Prix with an 8th place finish. At the season-ending Caesars Palace Grand Prix Guerrero qualified in 15th place. The car's engine then blew in the warm up and Guerrero missed the race. Guerrero was unranked in the championship standings due to the fact that he had scored no points.

In 1983 Ensign Racing merged with Theodore Racing and as a result Guerrero began driving the #33 Café de Colombia Theodore N183-Ford Cosworth DFV. Guerrero only failed to qualify at the Monaco Grand Prix and became more consistent in finishing races. Despite this Guerrero's best finishes were a pair of 12th place finishes at the Dutch Grand Prix and the European Grand Prix. At the end of the season Guerrero again failed to score points and was as a result unranked in the championship while rookie teammate Johnny Cecotto managed to get a 6th place finish and with it 1 point towards the championship for himself and Theodore (although Cecotto failed to qualify four times to Guerrero's single time).

Indy car racing[edit]

Champ Car World Series[edit]

Guerrero made his Indy car debut in 1984 for Bignotti-Carter Racing in the #9 Master Mechanic March 84C-Cosworth DFX with legendary chief mechanic George Bignotti serving as Guerrero's chief mechanic. The high point of Guerrero's season was a 2nd place finish at the Indianapolis 500 wand he shared the race's rookie of the year award with Michael Andretti. Guerrero's best finishes outside of Indianapolis were a pair of 5th place finishes at the Budweiser Cleveland Grand Prix at Burke Lakefront Airport and the Michigan 500 at Michigan International Speedway. Guerrero finished out the season 11th in points with 52 points, only one point out of the top ten. Guerrero won the series' rookie of the year award.

In 1985 Bignotti went into retirement and the team was reorganized as Team Cotter with Guerrero driving their #9 Master Mechanic/True Value March 85C-Cosworth DFX. Compared to the previous season 1985 was a disappointment highlighted by a 3rd place finish at the Indianapolis 500 and a 4th at the Stroh's 300K at Laguna Seca Raceway. The season also saw Guerrero retire out of a race twice while leading, first at the Michigan 500 at Michigan International Speedway (due to gearbox issues) and then at the Molson Indy 300 at Sanair Super Speedway (due to Guerrero crashing. Guerrero finished the season 17th in points with 34 points.

Guerrero returned with Team Cotter in 1986 to drive their #2 True Value/Emerson Electronics March 86C-Cosworth DFX (numbered 5 at Indianapolis only). Guerreo continued his strek of impressive finishes with a 4th place in the race. Guerrero also scored a pair of 2nd place finishes, first at the Escort Radar Warnings 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course and the Miami Indy Challenge 200 at Tamiami Park. In the latter Guerrero qualified on pole position and led every lap, except the final lap due to running out of fuel and handing the win to Al Unser, Jr. Guerrero finished the season 9th in points with 87 points.

In 1987 Cotter sold the team to Vince Granatelli (son of former Indy car owner Andy Granatelli) to form Vince Granatelli Racing with Guerrero driving the #4 True Value/STP March 87C-Cosworth DFX. Guerrero scored his first Indy car win at the Checker 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. In the race Guerrero originally qualified 3rd, but the car was declared illegal and Guerrero started 22nd (last) to charge his way up through the field to win. At the Indianapolis 500 Guerrero and Granatelli were one of the few teams to have no issues with March 87C as several teams decided to use year-old 86C models instead. In the race Guerrero qualified 5th and was viewed as among the favorites, along with pole sitter Mario Andretti and defending winner Bobby Rahal. In the race Rahal retired after 57 laps due to ignition problems and Guerrero was in 2nd place to Andretti for much of the race. On the 130th lap a wheel came off of Tony Bettenhausen's car and it hit the nose of Guerrero's car and went flying into the grandstand and where it killed spectator Lyle Kurtenbach. On lap 177 Andretti started to have electrical troubles and Guerrero took the lead. On lap 182 Guerrero came in for his final pit stop and as he exited his pit stall the engine stalled. Third gear had been damaged earlier in the race by the Bettenhausen incident and the car began to get moving, only to stop just outside of the pit lane. This caused Al Unser, Sr. to take the lead and get a lap on Guerrero. Guerrero finally got going and unlapped himself on lap 191 and there was a caution on lap 192 for Andretti stopping on the track. On lap 196 the restart came out with six cars between Unser and Guerrero. Guerrero was unable to get by Unser and ended up finishing 2nd to one of the year-old March 86Cs to be pressed into race service. Subsequently, Guerrero scored four pole positions at the Miller American 200 in Honor of Rex Mays at the Milwaukee Mile, the Budweiser/G.I. Joe's 200 presented by Texaco at Portland International Raceway, Budweiser Grand Prix of Cleveland at Burke Lakefront Airport, and the Escort Radar Warnings 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. In the latter Guerrero scored his second (and unbeknownst at the time, last) Indy car victory. Just days after his Mid-Ohio victory Guerrero was testing at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway when he crashed and was hit by a tire off of his car. Guerrero was in a coma for seventeen days and did not compete in any more races in 1987. Guerrero finished a career-best 4th in points with 106 points, despite missing the final three races of the season.

In 1988 Guerrero returned with Vince Granatelli Racing and originally drove the #2 STP/Dianetics: The Evolution of a Science Lola T88/00-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265A. At the season-opening Checker 200 at Phoenix International Raceway Guerrero qualified and finished in 2nd place. After a switch to a Cosworth DFX engine starting at the second race of the season, the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach the remainder of the season was mostly a disappointment, such as the Indianapolis 500 where Guerrero qualified 12th and did not even make it out of second due to being collected by Scott Brayton. The team even attempted to use a year-old March 87C at select races to no avail. Guerrero's only top tens after Indianapolis were the Quaker State 500 at Pocono International Raceway in the Lola and the Bosch Spark Plugs Grand Prix at Nazareth Speedway in the March. After starting 10th at Long Beach Guerrero's best start was at Nazareth, where he started 11th. At the end of the season Guerrero finished 12th in points with 40 points, despite skipping two races.

Following the 1988 season Guerrero and Granatelli split for 1989. Guerrero joined Morales Motorsports, who was at the time the factory (and only) team using Alfa Romeo engines. Gurrero drove the #21 Alfa Romeo March 89CE-Alfa Romeo Indy V8. The engine ended up being not ready for the start of the season and the team missed the first four races of the year, including the Indianapolis 500. Gurrero was even offered to drive an extra car for Truesports. Gurrero had to decline due to his contract with Alfa Romeo. The team managed to first compete at the Valvoline Detroit Grand Prix on the Streets of Detroit. In the race Gurrero was able to finish 8th. The remainder of the season saw Gurrero score only one additional due to a 12th place finish at the Red Roof Inns 200 at Mid-Ohio Sports Car Course. Gurrero would finish 23rd in points with 6 points.

Prior to 1990 Morales Motorsports closed down and Patrick Racing took over the Alfa Romeo project with Gurrero driving the #20 Miller Genuine Draft March 90CA-Alfa Romeo Indy V8. Gurrero managed to qualify for the Indianapolis 500, starting 28th and finishing 23rd due to suspension damage. The team then switched to using a Lola T90/00 starting at the Marlboro 500 at Michigan International Speedway. In the race Guerrero finished in 5th place. At the end of the season Guerrero finished 16th in the points with 24 points.

In 1991 Guerrero was replaced by Danny Sullivan and was left without a car to drive. At the Indianapolis 500 Guerrero drove a second car for Patrick Racing in the #40 Sharp's Lola T91/00-Alfa Romeo Indy V8. He qualified 28th and finished 30th after being involved in a crash with Kevin Cogan on Gurrero's 24th lap. Guerrero then drove three select races for King Racing in the #26 Quaker State Lola T91/00-Buick V6, scoring a best finish of 14th at the Valvoline Detroit Grand Prix on the Streets of Detroit and the Texaco/Havoline Grand Prix of Denver at the Pepsi Center. Guerrero finally drove the #50 Fendi/Hawaiian Tropic Lola T91/00-Cosworth DFS at the Molson Indy Toronto at Exhibition Place, qualifying and finishing in 18th place. Guerrero scored no points for the first time in his CART career and finished 37th in the championship.

For 1992 Guerrero drove in a pair of races for the part-time team King Racing, first driving the #26 Quaker State Lola T91/00-Buick V6 at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on the Streets of Long Beach, starting 14th and finishing 13th. At the Indianapolis 500 King updated Gurrero to a Lola T92/00-Buick V6 and the number was changed to 36 (Jim Crawford began to drive the #26 car). During qualifying Guerrero set a new four-lap track record of 232.482 mph and a new one-lap record of 232.618 mph on the third lap. Guerrero qualified on pole position and became the first part-time driver to qualify on the pole since Pancho Carter in 1985. In the race Guerrero spun out and crashed on the backstretch during the second parade lap and did not even get to start the race, being credited with 33rd (last) place. Guerrero joined Cliff Woodbury in 1929 and Carter in 1985 as drivers who started first in the Indianapolis 500 and finished last; they were later joined by Greg Ray in 2000 and Scott Sharp in 2001. Guerrero finished 38th in the championship with 1 point.

In 1993 King Racing expanded to a full-time schedule with Guerrero driving their #40 Budweiser Lola T93/00-Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265C. At the Indianapolis 500 Guerrero qualified 10th and finished 28th after being involved in a crash with Jeff Andretti after 125 laps. During the year Gurrero and King consistently qualified in the mid-pack, with a best start of 4th at the Valvoline 200 at Phoenix International Raceway. Guerrero's best finish was also a 4th at the New England 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway. Following the Molson Indy Vancouver at Concord Pacific Place King released Guerrero. Guerrero finished 14th in the championship with 39 points (he was 13th in the championship at the time of his release).

In 1994 Guerrero could only get a car to drive at the Indianapolis 500 with Pagan Racing (ironically the same team who owned the car that Jeff Andretti crashed into Guerrero the previous year) in their #21 Interstate Batteries Lola T92/00-Buick V6. The chassis was the same chassis that Guerrero drove in 1992. Guerrero qualified 20th and finished 33rd (last) due to a crash after 20 laps. He scored no points and tied for 54th in the championship.

In 1995 Guerrero returned with Pagan Racing in their #21 Upper Deck Reynold 94i-Ilmor-Mercedes-Benz IC108B. Guerrero first raced at the Slick 50 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, starting 25th and finishing 16th. The team then competed in the Indianapolis 500, where Guerrero qualified in a respectable 13th place and finished in 12th place. Guerrero finished the season 33rd in the championship with 1 point.

Indy Racing League[edit]

In 1996 Guerrero and Pagan Racing began competing full-time in the newly formed Indy Racing League with Guerrero driving the #21 WavePhore Reynard 94i-Ford Cosworth XB, with additional sponsorship coming from Johnny Lightning (at Disney), Newscast (at Phoenix) and Pennzoil (at Indianapolis). At the season-opening Indy 200 at Walt Disney World at Walt Disney World Speedway Guerrero qualified 2nd and finished 5th. At the Dura Lube 200 at Phoenix International Raceway Guerrero qualified 3rd and finished 16th due to a broken cv joint. At the Indianapolis 500 the team updated to a Reynard 95i and Guerrero qualified 6th and led for a race-high 47 laps and battled for the win with Tony Stewart, Arie Luyendyk, Davy Jones, Alessandro Zampedri and eventual winner Buddy Lazier. On Guerrero's final pit stop on lap 167 he and Lazier came into the pits. While in the pits the nozzle was connected awkwardly and fuel began to spill out. The car then began to catch fire and Guerrero began to climb out of the car when it was determined to be okay to continue racing. Guerrero fell out of contention and went a lap down. On the final lap of the race, as Lazier and Jones crossed the finish line, Guerrero lost control of his car in turn 4 and took out 4th place Zampedri (who was on the lead lap) and 6th place Eliseo Salazar (who was two laps down) and caused Zampedri to get airborne and flip. Guerrero came to a rest inside the pit lane, just past the entance. Guerrero finished 4th in the championship with 237 points.

During the 1996 portion of the 1996-1997 season Guerrero continued to drive for Pagan Racing in the #21 Pennzoil Reynard 95i-Ford Cosworth XB. At the season-opening True Value 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway Guerrero started 18th and finished 6th. Guerrero then drove a Reynard 94i at the Las Vegas 500K at Las Vegas Motor Speedway to start 9th and finish a season-best 4th. Starting at the Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway the series began to use a different type of spec car with Guerrero driving the #21 Pennzoil Dallara IR7-Nissan Infiniti Q45 for Pagan Racing. The Infiniti engine was usually slower than the competing Oldsmobile engine and Guerrero's best race with the engine was the Phoenix 200 at Phoenix International Raceway, where he started 10th and finished 7th. At the Indianapolis 500 Guerrero qualified in 19th place and finished 27th after retiring due to a suspension failure after 25 laps with Guerrero running as high as 11th place. Starting with the Samsonite 200 at Pikes Peak International Raceway the team switched to the Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8. Guerrero's best finish with the Oldsmobile engine came at the Pennzoil 200 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway with a 6th place finish. At the season-ending Las Vegas 500K at Las Vegas Motor Speedway Guerrero suffered a major accident on lap 201 on the backstretch. Guerrero flipped coming off of turn 2 and flipped into the grass area next to the racetrack. He climbed out of his destroyed car just moments after the accident finished. Guerrero finished the season ranked 7th in points with 221 points.

In 1998 Pagan Racing was left without a sponsor when the team's chief mechanic, John Barnes, formed his own team called Panther Racing using Pagan's former Pennzoil sponsorship. Guerrero drove the #21 Pagan Racing Dallara IR8-Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8. At the season-opening Indy 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway Guerrero qualified 6th and finished 26th after retiring due to a crash after 13 laps. At the Indianapolis 500 Guerrero won the Scott Brayton Award for best showing the spirit of the deceased driver. In the race Guerrero started 9th and finished 22nd, 75 laps down. Following the True Value 500 at Texas Motor Speedway Pagan released Guerrero. Guerrero then joined Cobb Racing to drive the #23 CBR G-Force IR01-Nissan Infiniti Q45. Guerrero finished 4th at the Lone Star 500 at Texas Motor Speedway. Guerrero finished 26th in the championship with 83 points.

In 1999 Guerrero returned with Cobb Racing in the #50 Cobb Racing G-Force IR01-Nissan Infiniti Q45. Guerrero's best finish of the season was a 13th place finish at the season-opening Transworld Diversified Services 200 at Walt Disney World Speedway. The team closed down following the Indianapolis 500 where Guerrero started and finished 25th. After Indianapolis Guerrero was ranked 17th in points. He eventually finished 30th in the championship with 36 points.

For 2000 Guerrero managed to get a one-off race for A.J. Foyt Enterprises in the #41 Harrah's Dallara IR00-Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8. Guerrero was unable to qualify for the race, making it the first time since 1989 that he failed to start the Indianapolis 500. Guerrero later competed in the Belterra Resort Indy 300 at Kentucky Speedway for Team Coulson in the #40 Team Coulson G-Force GF01-Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8. In the race Guerrero started 25th and finished 23rd after retiring after 48 laps due to engine troubles in what would be his final Indy car race. Guerrero finished the season 44th in the championship with 7 points.

In 2001 Guerrero had no team at the beginning of practice for the Indianapolis 500. Dick Simon Racing then needed a driver for their #7 Yellow Transportation Dallara IR01-Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8 after Stéphan Grégoire left the team. Guerrero eventually managed to qualify the car. On the final day of qualifying Grégoire began driving for Heritage Motorsports and bumped Guerrero from the field and Guerrero failed to qualify for the second consecutive year.

Guerrero was reported to be searching for a car to drive in the 2002 Indianapolis 500, although nothing materialized. He eventually retired from racing by 2003.[2]

Stock car racing[edit]

International Race of Champions[edit]

In 1988 Guerrero was among the drivers chosen to compete in IROC XII (International Race of Champions) to be among the drivers to represent CART/PPG World Series (other drivers to represent CART were Al Unser, Jr., Al Unser, Sr. and Bobby Rahal) based on his performance in 1987. Guerrero drove an identical Chevrolet Camaro, like all other participants. He missed the season-opening race at Daytona International Speedway due to his injuries received the previous year at an Indianapolis Motor Speedway test. Guerrero qualified on the pole position for the second and third races of the season at Riverside International Raceway and Michigan International Speedway. At Riverside Guerrero crashed after 10 laps and finished in 11th place and at Michigan he finished 10th after leading for 4 laps. At the season-ending race at Watkins Glen International Guerrero started 12th and finished 11th, 10 laps down. At the end of the season Guerrero finished 12th (last) in the championship with 19 points, earning $30,400 for his efforts during the season.

NASCAR[edit]

NASCAR Nationwide Series[edit]

Guerrero attempted to compete in the NASCAR Busch Series during the 2000 season at the Carquest Auto Parts 300 at Lowe's Motor Speedway for the Hispanic Racing Team in their #72 HRT Motorsports Chevrolet Monte Carlo but failed to qualify for the event. He returned during the 2002 season after his Indy car career was finished, again with the Hispanic Racing Team in their #09 Ciclon Energy Drink Chevrolet Monte Carlo at the Aaron's 312 at Atlanta Motor Speedway but again failed to qualify for the race.

Announcing[edit]

As late as 2011 (and possibly later) Guerrero served as an announcer for SpeedTV broadcasts of the American Le Mans Series and the Grand-Am Rolex Sports Car Series in Latin America. It is unknown if Guerrero continued to hold this position when the Latin American version of SpeedTV became Fox Sports 3 on November 3, 2012. It is also unknown if said channel continued to broadcast ALMS and Grand-Am after the name change or if they showed United SportsCar Championship (series that formed as a result of a merger between the two series).[3]

Racing record[edit]

Complete European Formula Two Championship results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

YearEntrantChassisEngine123456789101112PosPts
1981Maurer MotorsportMaurer MM81BMWSIL
Ret
HOC
10
THR
1
NÜR
Ret
VAL
Ret
MUG
6
PAU
Ret
PER
4
SPA
Ret
DON
Ret
MIS
4
MAN
Ret
7th16

Complete Formula One World Championship results[edit]

(key)

YearEntrantChassisEngine12345678910111213141516WDCPoints
1982Ensign RacingEnsign N180BFord Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8RSA
DNQ
NC0
Ensign N181BRA
DNQ
USW
Ret
SMR
BEL
DNQ
MON
DNQ
DET
Ret
CAN
Ret
NED
DNQ
GBR
Ret
FRA
DNQ
GER
8
AUT
Ret
SUI
Ret
ITA
NC
CPL
DNS
1983Theodore Racing TeamTheodore N183Ford Cosworth DFV 3.0 V8BRA
NC
USW
Ret
FRA
Ret
SMR
Ret
MON
DNPQ
BEL
Ret
DET
NC
CAN
Ret
GBR
16
GER
Ret
AUT
Ret
NED
12
ITA
13
EUR
12
RSA
NC0

American Open Wheel racing results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position)

Champ Car World Series[edit]

YearTeamChassisEngine1234567891011121314151617RankPoints
1984Bignotti-Cotter RacingMarch 84CCosworth DFXLBH
Ret
PHX1
Ret
INDY
2
MIL
Ret
POR
Ret
MEA
Ret
CLE
5
MIS1
5
ROA
11
POC
Ret
MDO
Ret
SAN
Ret
MIS2
Ret
PHX2
Ret
LS
7
LVG
6
11th52
1985Team CotterMarch 85CCosworth DFXLBH
Ret
INDY
3
MIL
6
POR
Ret
MEA
DNS
CLE
19
MIS1
Ret
ROA
Ret
POC
Ret
MDO
Ret
SAN
Ret
MIS2
Ret
LS
4
PHX
Ret
MIA
Ret
  17th34
1986Team CotterMarch 86CCosworth DFXPHX1
8
LBH
DNS
INDY
4
MIL
Ret
POR
Ret
MEA
4
CLE
Ret
TOR
Ret
MIS1
Ret
POC
Ret
MDO
2
SAN
Ret
MIS2
Ret
ROA
4
LS
5
PHX
Ret
MIA
2
9th87
1987Vince Granatelli RacingMarch 87CCosworth DFXLBH
Ret
PHX
1
INDY
2
MIL
Ret
POR
Ret
MEA
Ret
CLE
5
TOR
4
MIS
Ret
POC
3
ROA
7
MDO
1
NAZ
Inj
LS
Inj
MIA
Inj
  4th106
1988Vince Granatelli RacingLola T88/00Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265APHX
2
12th40
Cosworth DFXLBH
Ret
INDY
Ret
MIL
DNS
CLE
Ret
TORMEAMIS
Ret
POC
3
MDO
11
MIA
Ret
March 87CPOR
14
ROA
Ret
NAZ
6
LS
Ret
1989Morales MotorsportsMarch 89CEAlfa Romeo Indy V8PHXLBHINDYMILDET
8
POR
Ret
CLE
13
MEA
Ret
TOR
Ret
MIS
Ret
POC
16
MDO
12
ROA
Ret
LS
Ret
23rd6
March 88CNAZ
Ret
1990Patrick RacingMarch 90CAAlfa Romeo Indy V8PHX
Ret
LBH
14
INDY
Ret
MIL
Ret
DET
Ret
POR
8
CLE
Ret
MEA
Ret
TOR16th24
Lola T90/00MIS
5
DEN
Ret
VAN
Ret
MDO
Ret
ROA
8
NAZ
9
LS
Ret
1991Patrick RacingLola T91/00Alfa Romeo Indy V8SRFLBHPHXINDY
Ret
MIL37th0
King RacingBuick V6 (t/c)DET
15
PORCLEMEADEN
Ret
VANMDOROANAZLS
18
EuromotorsportCosworth DFSTOR
Ret
MIS
1992King RacingLola T91/00Buick V6 (t/c)SRFPHXLBH
Ret
38th1
Lola T92/00INDY
Ret
DETPORMILNHATORMISCLEROAVANMDONAZLS
1993King RacingLola T93/00Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265CSRF
Ret
PHX
Ret
LBH
5
INDY
Ret
MIL
7
DET
Ret
POR
Ret
CLE
Ret
TOR
10
MIS
7
NHA
4
ROA
Ret
VAN
11
MDONAZLS14th39
1994Pagan RacingLola T92/00Buick V6 (t/c)SRFPHXLBHINDY
Ret
MILDETPORCLETORMISMDONHAVANROANAZLS54th0
1995Pagan RacingReynard 94iIlmor-Mercedes-Benz IC108BMIASRFPHX
16
LBHNAZINDY
12
MILDETPORROATORCLEMISMDONHAVANLS33rd1

Verizon IndyCar Series[edit]

YearTeamChassisEngine12345678910111213RankPoints
1996Pagan RacingReynard 94iFord Cosworth XBWDW
5
PHX
16
5th237
Reynard 95iINDY
5
1996–1997Pagan RacingReynard 95iFord Cosworth XBNHM
6
7th221
Reynard 94iLVS
4
Dallara IR7Nissan Infiniti Q45WDW
17
PHX
7
INDY
27
TXS
13
Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8PPIR
18
CLT
17
NH2
6
LV2
14
1998Pagan RacingDallara IR8Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8WDW
26
PHX
27
INDY
22
TXS
24
NHMDOVCLT26th83
Cobb RacingG-Force GF01Nissan Infiniti Q45PPIR
21
ATL
19
TX2
4
LVS
20
1999Cobb RacingG-Force GF01Nissan Infiniti Q45WDW
13
PHX
16
INDY
25
TXSPPIRATLDOVPPI2LVSTX230th36
2000A.J. Foyt EnterprisesDallara IR00Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8WDWPHXLVSINDY
DNQ
TXSPPIRATL44th7
Team CoulsonG-Force GF01KTY
23
TX2
2001Dick Simon RacingDallara IR01Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8PHXHMSATLINDY
DNQ
TXSPPIRRIRKANNSHKTYSTLCHITX2NC-

Indianapolis 500[edit]

YearChassisEngineStartFinishTeam
1984March 84CCosworth DFX72Bignotti-Cotter Racing
1985March 85CCosworth DFX163Team Cotter
1986March 86CCosworth DFX84Team Cotter
1987March 87CCosworth DFX52Vince Granatelli Racing
1988Lola T88/00Cosworth DFX1232Vince Granatelli Racing
1990March 90CAAlfa Romeo Indy V82823Patrick Racing
1991Lola T91/00Alfa Romeo Indy V82830Patrick Racing
1992Lola T92/00Buick V6 (t/c)133King Racing
1993Lola T93/00Ilmor-Chevrolet Indy V8 265C1028King Racing
1994Lola T92/00Buick V6 (t/c)3033Pagan Racing
1995Reynard 94IIlmor-Mercedes-Benz IC108B1312Pagan Racing
1996Reynard 95iFord Cosworth XB65Pagan Racing
1997Dallara IR7Nissan Infiniti Q451927Pagan Racing
1998Dallara IR8Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8922Pagan Racing
1999G-Force GF01Nissan Infiniti Q452525Cobb Racing
2000Dallara IR00Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8DNQA.J. Foyt Enterprises
2001Dallara IR01Oldsmobile Aurora Indy V8DNQDick Simon Racing

NASCAR[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position awarded by qualifying time. Italics - Pole position earned by points standings or practice time. * – Most laps led.)

Busch Series[edit]

International Race of Champions[edit]

(key) (Bold - Pole position. * – Most laps led.)

External links[edit]

References[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Teo Fabi
Indianapolis 500
Rookie of the Year

1984 with:
Michael Andretti
Succeeded by
Arie Luyendyk
Preceded by
Teo Fabi
CART
Rookie of the Year

1984
Succeeded by
Arie Luyendyk
Awards
Preceded by
John Paul, Jr.
Scott Brayton Award
1998
Succeeded by
Eliseo Salazar