Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior: Cause of death, age, wife, children, net worth, illness

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior: Cause of death, age, wife, children, net worth, illness.

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior was a Brazilian racing driver and Formula One team owner.

He participated in 38 World Championship Formula One Grands Prix, debuting on 1 May 1972, scoring a total of three championship points.

He ran the Fittipaldi Formula One team between 1974 and 1982. He also participated in numerous non-Championship Formula One races.

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior

Born on December 25, 1943, Wilson Fittipaldi Jr was the elder son of prominent motorsports journalist and radio commentator Wilson Sr and his wife Juzy, who had both raced production cars shortly after the Second World War.

Wilson Sr was also responsible for the first Mil Milhas race in 1956, in São Paulo, having been inspired by the 1949 Italian Mille Miglia.

Wilson Jr is often referred to as ‘Wilsinho’ (“Little Wilson”, cf. Rubens Barrichello’s occasional nickname of Rubinho or footballer Ronaldinho) or ‘Tigrão’. He unsurprisingly became a keen motorsports enthusiast from an early age.

Wilson Fittipaldi was the older brother of CART champion and double Formula One world champion Emerson Fittipaldi.

Like Jimmy Stewart and Ian Scheckter he remained in the shadow of his younger and more illustrious sibling in top-level motorsport. He married Suzy.

He was the father of former CART, Formula One and NASCAR driver Christian Fittipaldi and has a daughter, Roberta.

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior cause of death

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior cause of death

The former Brabham and Copersucar (Fittipaldi Automotive) driver was hospitalized on Christmas Day, which was also his birthday, after choking on food at home.

His wife Rita Fittipaldi told local media earlier in February that the incident led to cardiac arrest and later to a tracheostomy.

He was put in intensive care at the Sancta Maggiore hospital in Sao Paulo on January 16 and died on 23 February 2024.

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior wife

Wilson Fittipaldi was married to a woman named Rita Fittipaldi.

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior children

Wilson Fittipaldi and his wife are parents to Christian Fittipaldi, who has driven for CART, Formula One, and NASCAR, and Roberta Fittipaldi.

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior illness

Wilson Fittipaldi suffered a cardiac arrest while having Christmas lunch due to a piece of meat that got stuck in his throat.

He had been in poor health prior to the incident.

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior net worth

Wilson Fittipaldi Júnior’s net worth is estimated to be around $1 Million to $5 million.

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