Jovy Marcelo won the 1991 Toyota Atlantic
Championship with wins at Lime Rock and Nazareth.
He beat out Jimmy Vasser for the championship by a
scant 4 points. Marcelo soon contacted Antonio Ferrari
about a job with his Indy Car team - Euromotorsports.
Without actually meeting face to face, they did the deal.
Marcelo met Ferrari at Indianapolis Raceway Park for
some tests, two weeks prior to the CART season opening
race in Australia. Ferrari stated that Marcelo was a good
test driver and that he only did fast laps when the car was
right. In the Australia race Marcelo was 2 seconds quicker
in the race than he had been in practice.
Marcelo crashed at Phoenix, but then went on to race at
Long Beach. Afterwards he embarked on a vigorous
testing and practice schedule at the Indianapolis Motor
Speedway. He passed his rookie test, joining six other
rookies who got permission to begin practice at Indy in
Marcelo drove the #50 Euromotorsports Fendi AGIP
Marcelo Midas Taumarin, a '91 Lola Cosworth DFS.
After turning 547 practice laps, on May 15th, tragedy
struck. As the 27-year-old driver went into turn one, the
car did a three-quarter spin and hit the outside wall. He
was pronounced dead of head injuries less than half an
hour later at Methodist Hospital.
Ferrari stated that they were up to 217 mph, but I've heard
from other sources that he was only going 172 mph.
Regardless, he was not yet up to maximum speed.
Jovy Marcelo would have been the first Philipino to race in
the Indy 500.
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