Former pilot Roberto Urretavizcaya, idol of Highway Tourism, has died

 April 29, 2023

The Argentine motorsport community was left in a state of mourning as a result of a piece of news. At the age of 65, Roberto Urretavizcaya, known as the "idol of Highway Tourism," passed away.

After being engaged in a traffic collision on top of his motorcycle on a rural road that connects the cities of Chacabuco and Bragado in March, the former pilot had been hospitalized at the Clnica Centro de Jun after being transferred there from the scene of the incident, according to a report by Perfil.

Through its various social networks, the ACTC provided confirmation of the news. "It is with great sadness that we inform you of the passing of our friend Roberto "Tito" Urretavizcaya, who was a significant figure in the fields of road tourism and national racing.

Accident Details

Condolences were extended to his wife, Marcia, as well as to Tomás, their family, and all of their friends. The phrase "Hasta siempre, Tito" referred to the person or thing that now holds the title of most popular category in Argentina.

Tito sustained a severe brain injury as a result of the accident that took place a little more than a month ago. He was taken to the critical care unit of the Municipal Hospital in his city of Chacabuco, where he remained until he was subsequently transported to the location where he ultimately passed away.

As luck would have it, his life came to an end in the same place in Argentina where he made his first presentation—on September 7, 1986 in Junn.

And again when he formally withdrew from professional motorsport—on August 7, 2011, while driving a Ford for the Savino Sport squad.

Urretavizcaya's Career

Between the decades of the 1980s and 1990s, Urretavizcaya was an integral part of the Golden Age of the TC.

After beginning his career in racing with Formula Renault in 1982, the year he won the title of world champion in that division, he went on to make his debut driving a Chevrolet for the Supertap Chivilcoy team.

In order to win the Vuelta de San Lorenzo for the first time wearing the bow tie, he had to wait until he was 89 years old.

During his career, which spanned three decades in a car, he also competed in racing for Ford and Dodge.

Over the course of his career in La Máxima, he participated in a total of 352 races.

Up until 2017, he was the holder of the record for the most appearances in the category.

He won ten races (six with Ford and four with Chevrolet), qualified on the front row of the starting grid six times, finished on the podium 26 times, and established 12 lap records.

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