Brett Lunger
American racing driver
Brett Lunger
Robert Brett Lunger is a former racecar driver from the United States. Lunger was educated in dancing schools in Wilmington, the Holderness School, and Princeton University. He dropped out of Princeton after three years to enlist for service in Vietnam. He was a political science major. At the time he was preparing a thesis on U.S. policy on Southeast Asia. The Gulf of Tonkin Incident refuted much of what Lunger contended in his writing.
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Mid-Ohio Memories: Readers share their favorites of the track - Mansfield News Journal
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In 1976 right before the Formula 5000 weekend, Arnold helped Brett Lunger find a pair of racing shoes since his were burned off his feet the weekend before at the German Grand Prix during an incident that left Formula 1 ace Niki Lauda disfigured
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Fórmula 1 : Una película sobre la vida de Niki Lauda - Automóvil Zona
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Además, el vehículo fue alcanzado luego por otro monoplaza y Niki Lauda escapó con vida gracias a la acción combinada de otros pilotos como Arturo Merzario, Guy Edwards, Brett Lunger y Harald Ertl, y no por los comisarios de pista,
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Redman was a winner at Mid-Ohio - Mansfield News Journal
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In the 1974 race, he lapped everyone but second-place finisher Brett Lunger. Andretti proved to be his toughest competitor in two of those races, leading several laps, but a faulty gearbox and steering linkage undid his days
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FEATURE: Accidente aproape mortale în Formula 1 - Automarket
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După câteva secunde, pilotul austriac a fost lovit de Brett Lunger, care nu a putut evita impactul, iar Lauda a rămas blocat în monopost. Pilotul Scuderiei Ferrari a scăpat cu viaţă în primul rând datorită intervenţiei salutare a piloţilor Arturo
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Top 10 sporting resurrections - Yahoo! Eurosport UK (blog)
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He swerved off the track on the second lap of the race with suspected suspension failure, bounced off an embankment and smashed into the car of fellow driver Brett Lunger before grinding to a halt and bursting into flames
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Film készül Niki Laudáról - MIX online
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Brett Lunger belerohant, és az osztrák Ferrarija lángokba borult. Lunger mellett Guy Edwards és Arturo Merzario segített kimenteni, és ugyan Lauda még lábra állt a balesetet követően, de állapota rohamosan romlott. A tüdejében és a vérében a füst
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Timeline
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    THIRTIES
  • 1979
    Age 33
    During his retirement from racing he worked as a journalist with CBS, covering Formula One races like the 1979 South African Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details He completed his degree at Princeton. He remains a very competitive individual, taking part in cycling competitions in his spare time, when not running a research and development business. He is also a pilot, and this work, long with his wife, includes the Angel Flight Network. key) key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate *fastest lap)
    Lunger failed to find an acceptable ride in 1979.
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    Lunger teamed with Follmer and Derek Bell in a Vasek Polak entry in the Los Angeles Times 6-Hour Grand Prix of Endurance in April 1979.
    More Details Hide Details The 3-man team placed 3rd, 6 laps behind in a Porsche 935/79. The car started in the 23rd row due to engine problems during qualifying that kept it from posting a time.
  • 1978
    Age 32
    In many ways, Lunger was one of the very last privateers in Formula One, plying his trade in year-old machinery, prepared by small independent racing teams. He called time on F1, at the end of the 1978 season, and returned to US Sports Car racing.
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    Lunger finished 4th in the non-championship 1978 BRDC International Trophy race at Silverstone.
    More Details Hide Details He was behind winner Keke Rosberg, 2nd place Emerson Fittipaldi, and Tony Trimmer. The $190,000 event was hampered by rain over its.
    Lunger started an Ensign from 24th position in the 1978 United States Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details His time was 1:43.067. He finished 13th.
    In the 1978 Austrian Grand Prix he finished 8th, 2 laps off the winning pace.
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    Lunger started 24th, in last position, for the 1978 British Grand Prix at Brands Hatch.
    More Details Hide Details His qualifying time was 1:20.39. He went on to score his career best F1 finish, 8th place, albeit, one lap behind winner Carlos Reutemann.
    Lunger's McLaren was 20th at Rio de Janeiro in the 1978 Brazilian Grand Prix and was 11th at Johannesburg in the 1978 South African Grand Prix, in March.
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    He was one lap off the pace and finished 19th at Buenos Aires in the 1978 Argentine Grand Prix.
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  • 1977
    Age 31
    Lunger was 10th, 2 laps down, at the 1977 United States Grand Prix.
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    He placed 9th at Zandvoort in the 1977 Dutch Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details His McLaren was 2 laps behind winner Lauda.
    Lunger qualified 17th in Zeltweg for the 1977 Austrian Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details He had a time of 1 minute, 41.40 seconds.
    He drove a McLaren to a 19th-place finish in the 1977 German Grand Prix at Hockenheim.
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    Lunger qualified his March on the 11th row, 21st starting position for the 1977 United States Grand Prix West.
    More Details Hide Details He did not complete the race after he was in an accident on the 4th lap.
    In his first race of the season, Lunger finished 14th in the 1977 South African Grand Prix driving a March-Ford.
    More Details Hide Details The week prior to the race he lost a right rear wheel and crashed. It took his crew a week to rebuild the car from the ground up. During qualifying he drove three timed laps before his car blew an engine. This meant that Lunger started the race at the rear.
  • 1976
    Age 30
    He fielded a McLaren M23, the same car driven by James Hunt when he won the 1976 Formula One World Championship.
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    On the 1st day of qualifying for the 1976 United States Grand Prix West in Long Beach, California, Lunger averaged only.
    More Details Hide Details Driving a Surtees-Ford, he was in 21st position. He described the dilemma of negotiating the Long Beach race track, which incorporated 85 circuits from Ocean Boulevard downtown to a parking lot and to Shoreline Drive, not far from the RMS Queen Mary, and then back to Ocean Boulevard. This course is so narrow, it's like trying to drive a Sherman tank through a parking lot. Lunger failed to make the field on the 2nd day of qualifying. Only 20 cars started due to the narrowness of the Long Beach circuit. Lunger's Surtees dropped a clutch in practice and was never correctly fixed. In January 1977 Lunger announced that he had signed with BS Fabrications, an English race team, and manufacturer of race car components.
    In 1976 Lunger moved to the Team Surtees.
    More Details Hide Details The corporation obtained sponsorship from Chesterfield, Rand Time Corporation, the Delaware Trust Company, and Champion Spark Plugs Company.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1975
    Age 29
    In the 1975 Italian Grand Prix he came in 10th.
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    In qualifying for the 1975 United States Grand Prix, Lunger wrecked his Hesketh, sustaining superficial damage to his car.
    More Details Hide Details He recovered to become one of 24 qualifiers for the race. Lunger ran as high as 8th at Watkins Glen, before he retired.
    Lunger's brother, Dave, and Rod Campbell, a veteran motor racing public relations man, formed a combine in late 1975 to promote a Formula One ride for Lunger.
    More Details Hide Details In his debut Lunger started from the 9th row. He finished 13th in his Hesketh-Ford.
    His friends bought him a ride with the team of Alexander Hesketh, 3rd Baron Hesketh for the remainder of the 1975 Formula One season.
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    Lunger joined the Hesketh Racing Formula One team in 1975 for the running of the 1975 Austrian Grand Prix.
    More Details Hide Details Aside from Mario Andretti and Mark Donohue, he was the only American driver on the elite circuit. At the age of 29 Lunger found himself without a car to drive for a major team.
    He participated in 43 Formula One World Championship Grands Prix, debuting on August 17, 1975, without scoring any championship during his four seasons in Formula One.
    More Details Hide Details Lunger's Formula One career started alongside James Hunt in the Hesketh team in 1975, followed by a season with Surtees in 1976. The 1976 British GP was probably the best race of his GP career, qualifying mid grid, he climbed through the field to challenge his team mate Alan Jones, and Lunger's fastest lap was bettered by only 5 drivers. For 1977, he started the season with a year-old March 761 run by Bob Sparshott and entered under the name of his sponsor, Chesterfield Racing, but switched to a McLaren M23 after three races. In 1978, he stayed with the McLaren M23 and also tried an M26, but now entered by Sparshott's racing outfit, BS Fabrications. After a one-off drive for Ensign at the end of the season, Lunger moved on to sports car racing. Lunger is perhaps most renowned for being one of the drivers, along with Guy Edwards, Arturo Merzario and Harald Ertl, who saved Niki Lauda from his burning car during the 1976 German Grand Prix. Lunger described Lauda's accident which occurred on the 2nd lap. He went off at a speed of between and. He had apparently crashed on exit, went through a couple of rows of catch fence, up a relatively steep bank, and back into the middle of the track, the Ferrari on fire. Lunger said that Edwards was able to get by Lauda's car to the left but Lunger was unable to avoid the wrecked Ferrari.
    He married Jo, the daughter of Sir Leonard Crossland, former chairman of Ford of Britain and an executive with Lotus in 1975.
    More Details Hide Details Lunger used his wife's English thatched cottage as a base to court a ride with Formula One teams in 1975.
  • 1974
    Age 28
    Lunger won 2 heat races but crashed during the 1974 California Grand Prix at Ontario Motor Speedway.
    More Details Hide Details He was trying to pass a slower car and at the same time hold off eventual race winner, Mario Andretti. Lunger's Eagle Chevy collided with Mickey Rupp as they entered a turn at the end of the infield straight. Their cars spun in a cloud of dust off the race track. Lunger assisted rescue workers in pulling Rupp from his car. Lunger and Follmer secured 2nd place in a turbocharged Porsche 935of Vasek Polak, in the 1977 six hours endurance race at Watkins Glen. They were more than 3.377 mile-lap behind the winning team of Jacky Ickx and Jochen Mass. The victors drove a factory Porsche 935 with a advantage over the 20 other customer Porsches, which composed the field of 44 cars.
    In July 1974, Lunger piloted a BMW 3. CSL in the six hours of Watkins Glen and competed in a Trans Am race, sponsored by the Sports Car Club of America, with George Follmer.
    More Details Hide Details Lunger started 8th and ran as high as 4th in the Can-Am Challenge Trophy race. He developed engine problems with 4 laps to go. Lunger said, We're not ready yet, but we're getting there.
    He started all seven races of the 1974 SCCA/USAC F5000 Championship, posting a second, third and a sixth place, ending the season fifth in the overall standings.
    More Details Hide Details The Eagle marque was introduced in Formula 5000 in preparation for an entrance into Formula One in 1975. Redman won the Mid-Ohio Formula 5000 race in Lexington, Ohio, in June 1974. Lunger placed 2nd, 1 minute and 14 seconds behind. Lunger was 3rd in the Mosport International Raceway Formula 5000 race on June 16.
    Lunger drove for the Dan Gurney’s Anglo American Racers team, in their Jorgensen Eagle 73A which debuted in Formula 5000 in 1974.
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  • 1973
    Age 27
    Lunger was 2nd in a Lola in a Formula 5000 race at Mount Pocono, Pennsylvania, in September 1973.
    More Details Hide Details In between races in the US F5000, Lunger continued to race in the English-based Rothmans Championship, winning twice, at Snetterton and Mallory Park for Sid Taylor Racing in their Trojan T101.
    Lunger was 3rd in a Lola Chevrolet at the L&M Watkins Glen Grand Prix, in June 1973.
    More Details Hide Details Jody Scheckter and Brian Redman came in ahead of him in the Formula 5000 race.
    In the April 1973 Formula 5000 race at Riverside International Raceway, Lunger finished 6th.
    More Details Hide Details He led the first 19 laps before a stuck throttle forced him to spin at turn 7. A 17-second pit stop to look for damage dropped him to 7th place.
    In March 1973, Lunger placed 2nd to Peter Gethin in the opening race of Rothman's Formula 5000 European Championship at Brands Hatch.
    More Details Hide Details He was in a Hogan Racing Lola.
  • 1972
    Age 26
    In 1972 Lunger was 3rd again in the L&M Continental 5000 Championship, trailing Graham McRae and Sam Posey.
    More Details Hide Details He moved into 3rd place following a win at Road Atlanta in August, in the Road Atlanta Grand Prix. He followed this up with another win, this time in the Lime Rock Grand Prix.
  • 1971
    Age 25
    In 1971 and 1972, Lunger might have finished third again in 1973 had mechanical problems held him to just four finishes, and seventh overall.
    More Details Hide Details In addition to this, he completed in the European Formula Two Championship and Torneio Internacional de Formula 2 do Brasil.
  • 1970
    Age 24
    Following the stint in the US Marines and the rank of Captain in 1970, and competing in two SCCA National events, Lunger was among drivers in the 1971 L&M Grand Prix, at Lime Rock Park, who were competing for 2nd place in the 1971 SCCA L&M 5000 Continental Championship.
    More Details Hide Details Lunger started the race with a 103 degree fever having been diagnosed with mononucleosis the previous day. As race progressed he started to lose strength allowing Sam Posey to pass and moving Lunger to third in the championship. He was hospitalized after the race for several days. His first major win was that year at Brainerd International Raceway in the Minnesota Grand Prix. Lunger had 58 points prior to the event. Lunger came in 3rd overall in the overall standing, after David Hobbs had clinched the title with 99 points. His home at the time was Pomona, California.
  • 1968
    Age 22
    Lunger fielded a Lola T160 chassis in the 1968 Canadian American Challenge Cup (Can-Am).
    More Details Hide Details Others who drove Lola T160 cars were Swede Savage and Chuck Parsons.
  • 1966
    Age 20
    Lunger finished 8th in a McLaren Chevrolet in the 1966, Nassau Trophy race, in Nassau, Bahamas.
    More Details Hide Details He was only a few seconds behind Peter Gregg in a Porsche Carrera 6.
    By 1966 he was the "rich kid" of the Can-Am series.
    More Details Hide Details Between 1972 and 1973 he faced the top competition in European Formula Two, from the likes of Emerson Fittipaldi, Ronnie Peterson, and Jean-Pierre Jarier. His best finish was a 4th place at Mantorp Park in Sweden, for Space Racing, in their March-Ford BDA 722. The machinery he was in at this juncture did not allow him to do better. On a single weekend in Rouen, France, Lunger blew three Ford BDA engines.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1965
    Age 19
    Lunger was not raised a car enthusiast. He was brought up to enjoy baseball, hockey, and football. He became interested in auto racing when a friend took him to a race in 1965.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1945
    Born
    Born on November 14, 1945.
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