LELLA LOMBARDI

Maria Grazia"Lella Lombardi"was born on 26 march 1941 was the first female formula one racing driver from Italy.Even though she was the first formula one racer she was not in lime light.She participated in 17 formula one world championship grands Prix,debuting on 20 July 1974.She is the only female racer in history to have a top six finish in a world championship race,at the 1975 Spanish Grand Prix.Lella Lombardi had also started in NASCAR driving the firecracker 400 NASCAR race at the Daytona international speedway in 1977.There were two other female drivers in the field:American Janet Guthrie and Belgian Christine Becker.
                      Lombardi later raced in  sports cars with some success.she died of cancer in 1992,aged 50.
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