Where are they now - life after motorsport

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Post by Everso Biggyballies » 1 year ago

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Eddie Irvine is doing absolutely great.
Former Formula One driver Eddie Irvine (52) raced for Jordan, Ferrari and Jaguar and won four Grand Prix. He turned to full-time property developing when his motorsport career finished in 2002 after making an estimated €45m from the sport. He has since invested large amounts in property and other developments as far afield as Miami, where he sold three luxury homes for €27m in 2013, and Northern Ireland. In 2018, he opted to rent out one $21m Miami Beach home for a reported $180,000 a month. He bought an island in the Bahamas and the nearby Exuma Yacht Club in 2011 and is reported to have invested $10m (€8.8m) into turning it into a luxury resort.
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Post by Antonov » 1 year ago

seems to be good at selling empty boxes.

kudos to him though, for selling himself as such a top driver for Jaguar.

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funny how the 1997 and 2001 podium were exactly the same, but then again, not exactly, but then again yes :jaw:

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Post by kals » 1 year ago

During his time at Jaguar, Irvine was one of the highest paid employees at Ford Motor Company. That didn't go down too well with then CEO Jacques Nasser who wanted to know why a "Edmund Irvine" was earning nearly as much as he was.

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Post by John » 1 year ago

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Frentzen IS David Duchovny.
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BTW, his 1997 and 1998 team mate currently races in the Scandinavian Porsche Carrera Cup.
Not full time, he rode the invitational VIP entry for one or two rounds (I'm sure @Cheeveer can elaborate on the details). Felix Rosenqvist, Björn Wirdheim and a few other notables have driven that car as well.
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Post by kals » 1 year ago

Björn Wirdheim = notable

Hmmmm ok :tongue:

Thanks for the detail. The articles that mentioned JV racing the Carrera Cup made it appear as though it was a full time ride.

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Post by Michkov » 1 year ago

kals wrote:
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Björn Wirdheim = notable
It takes extraordinary skill top loose Monaco like he did.

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Post by Cheeveer » 1 year ago

John wrote:
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BTW, his 1997 and 1998 team mate currently races in the Scandinavian Porsche Carrera Cup.
Not full time, he rode the invitational VIP entry for one or two rounds (I'm sure @Cheeveer can elaborate on the details). Felix Rosenqvist, Björn Wirdheim and a few other notables have driven that car as well.
IIRC they have one invitational car each round (Mads Östberg have driven it at times too), if they can't find someone ...n0tAbL3~, they'll get a driver coach like Jacques Villeneuve. Because he's a driver coach at Porsche nowadays.
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Post by John » 1 year ago

kals wrote:
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Björn Wirdheim = notable

Hmmmm ok :tongue:

Thanks for the detail. The articles that mentioned JV racing the Carrera Cup made it appear as though it was a full time ride.
You have to remember that we're talking about the Swedish racing scene here. :haha: Björn IS a notable figure, he's won the F3000 title, tested for BAR and Jaguar, raced Super Formula and IndyCar (=Champcar). And does the Swedish F1 broadcasts. He's like Swedish racing royalty in our small pond.
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Post by kals » 1 year ago

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Björn Wirdheim = notable

Hmmmm ok :tongue:

Thanks for the detail. The articles that mentioned JV racing the Carrera Cup made it appear as though it was a full time ride.
You have to remember that we're talking about the Swedish racing scene here. :haha: Björn IS a notable figure, he's won the F3000 title, tested for BAR and Jaguar, raced Super Formula and IndyCar (=Champcar). And does the Swedish F1 broadcasts. He's like Swedish racing royalty in our small pond.
Wirdheim was a decent talent and during his junior career there was a lot of positive talk about him. Then his career turned into a case of wrong place wrong time:

Champion in F3000 during it's lean final two years (and arguably his 2002 season was much more impressive against greater competition)
Jaguar test driver when the team was on the verge of pulling out of F1
ChampCar with an underfunded team during the series decline

And only really remembered for that Monaco incident.

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Post by PTRACER » 1 year ago

Wirdheim's career is definitely a would-have, could-have, should-have kind of affair.

Now look at someone like Stephane Sarrazin...The first time I became aware of him was the Brazilian GP in 1999, where he did the fastest donuts I've ever seen, with one half of his car missing. 20 years later, he has six Le Mans 24h podiums, two Le Mans Series championships victories, won the 2014 Tour de Course rally and raced WRC, Formula E and V8 Supercars. That's a pretty awesome career if you ask me.
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Post by DoubleFart » 1 year ago

Yep, Sarrazin was screwed by Prost - Minardi wanted to keep him on but Prost said don't do it and we'll guarantee you a drive for 2000.
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Post by Antonov » 1 year ago

I wonder what the drivers Bernoldi, Diniz, Tuero, etc. are doing these days.

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Post by PTRACER » 1 year ago

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I wonder what the drivers Bernoldi, Diniz, Tuero, etc. are doing these days.
The same thing all Brazilian ex-F1 drivers do. Stock Car Brasil.

I didn't check but I bet they do.
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Post by kals » 1 year ago

DoubleFart wrote:
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Yep, Sarrazin was screwed by Prost - Minardi wanted to keep him on but Prost said don't do it and we'll guarantee you a drive for 2000.
Sarrazin and Ayari were both promising French talents who showed great speed in F3000. Shame neither ever got a proper try at F1.

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Post by MonteCristo » 1 year ago

Who was a F3000 champion (2000) and three-time Champ Car World Series runner-up (2002, 2003, 2004)?

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