CHAMPCAR/CART: Rebaque, architect and former racer/team owner, passed away Friday

Rebaque was an Alfa Romeo fan and he tried to run their cars in mexican races and rallies. When he retired in the late sixties, he formed the famous Team Rebaque which was used to further his son's career. It used Porsches, 911 carrera and soon...

Rebaque was an Alfa Romeo fan and he tried to run their cars in mexican races and rallies. When he retired in the late sixties, he formed the famous Team Rebaque which was used to further his son's career. It used Porsches, 911 carrera and soon both team and son became mexican champions. They also were one of the best teams in America with epic battles against the Brumos team at Daytona, Sebring and Watkins Glen, and the team -formed by Héctor Alonso Rebaque, Freddy van Beuren and Memo Rojas (also called the RVR team)- went on to finish ninth in the Austria 1000K and also ran at Le Mans.

Then architect Rebaque formed his own F1 team with rented Lotus 78s and 79s with which his son scored in 1978 and by the end of 1979 the team had a new Rebaque HR100 chasis running in the last races of the F1 season, the first mexican car in Formula One. Architect Rebaque was always at the helm of the team and when Héctor junior got a seat in the Brabham team for 1980 he was there to offer support and sponsorship obtained form Pemex, the mexican oil company.

When his son retired from F1 at the end of 1981, architect Rebaque reformed Team Rebaque and ran it in CART where in 1982 Héctor Jr. got the first mexican victory in the series, at Road America in its sixth race. Sadly it proved to be the swansong of the team because he decided to retire at the end of the year and not even trying the Brabham BMW turbo in early 1983 convinced him otherwise. His father supported Héctor Junior's decision and that was the end of the famous Team Rebaque. Architect Rebaque returned to seen at the tracks, altough he was in Mexico for the return of the F1 championship in 1986. He was suffering an undisclosed sickness recently and died 13 days into the new millenium. We extend our condolences to Héctor and the rest of the Rebaque family.

-Carlos E. Jalife -

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Series Formula 1 , History , IndyCar , General
Drivers Memo Rojas