Tarso Marques

Nationality Brazilian
Date of Birth 19 January, 1976
Teams Minardi (1996-97, 2001)
Races Entered 26
Best Result 9th, Brazil/Canada, 2001

A child prodigy - the youngest driver ever to win a car race, the youngest ever to win an F3 race, and take part in F3000. Making it to F1 at just age 19, he spent three unproductive years altogether with Minardi, with a similarly unproductive (though impressive) two year CART stint in between.

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Career Summary
Before F1
1988-91 • Competed in Curitiba, Parana, Brazilian and South American karting championships.
1992 • Brazilian Formula Chevrolet, 2nd overall, 4 wins.
• Youngest man to win a car race.
1993 • South American F3, 5th overall, at least 1 win in a Ralt RT34 Mugen.
• Youngest man to take an F3 pole and an F3 win.
1994 • F3000, =12th overall, 3 points in a Vortex Reynard 94D Cosworth.
• Youngest man to score points in F3000.
1995 • F3000, =5th overall, 15 points, 1 win in a DAMS Reynard 95D Cosworth.
• Youngest man to take an F3000 pole and an F3000 win.
F1, part I
1996 • Minardi M195B Ford ED V8, 2 entries.
• Tested for Bridgestone and Arrows.
1997 • Minardi M197 Hart V8, 10 entries, 1 exclusion.
• Official Minardi test driver at the start of the season.
1999 • CART championship, 6 starts, 28th overall, 4 points in a Penske PC27B Mercedes-Benz.
2000 • CART championship, 17 starts, 25th overall, 11 points in a Forsythe Swift 011 Ford.
F1, part II
2001 • Minardi PS01 European V10, 14 entries, 1 DNQ (but 3 times over 107%).
After F1
2001 • Test and reserve driver for European Minardi team.
• Driven the Minardi 2-seater at demonstrations.

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