Louis Wagner (driver), Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Louis Wagner (driver)

French racecar driver

Date of Birth: 05-Feb-1882

Place of Birth: Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, Île-de-France, France

Date of Death: 13-Mar-1960

Profession: association football player, aircraft pilot, racing automobile driver

Nationality: France

Zodiac Sign: Aquarius

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About Louis Wagner (driver)

  • Louis Wagner (5 February 1882 – 13 March 1960) was a French Grand Prix driver who won the first ever United States and British Grands Prix.
  • Wagner was also a pioneer aviator.Wagner was born in Le Pré-Saint-Gervais, Seine-Saint-Denis.
  • He began racing cars while in his teens and claimed victory in 1903 driving a Darracq in a voiturette class race at the Circuit des Ardennes at Bastogne, Belgium.
  • Wagner was one of the drivers for the Darracq team in the 1904 Gordon Bennett Cup in Germany that finished 8th and in 1905 at the Circuit d'Auvergne in Clermont-Ferrand, he was eliminated in the first round. Competing in the United States, Wagner won the Vanderbilt Cup of 1906 driving a Darracq model 120 over a Long Island racecourse.
  • He finished 5th in the 1907 Kaiserpreis in Germany but the following year in Savannah won the first ever United States Grand Prix driving a Fiat. Driving a Mercedes, Wagner finished second to Christian Lautenschlager in the 1914 French Grand Prix at Lyon.
  • He competed in the 1919 Indianapolis 500 driving a Ballot but went out with a broken wheel on lap 45.
  • In 1924 he drove for the Alfa Romeo team, in a P2 alongside Antonio Ascari and Giuseppe Campari.
  • In 1926, Wagner teamed up with Robert Sénéchal to drive a Delage 155B to victory in the first ever British Grand Prix.
  • In August he won the Grand Prix de la Baule in a Delage 2LCV.
  • In addition to Grand Prix racing, Wagner also competed in the 24 hours of Le Mans endurance race.

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