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 race in Australia 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 May.
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.