Opening on July 24, “Pole Position: The Juan Gonzalez Formula 1 Collection”, includes F1 racers from the 1980s through to 2018.
Ten cars owned by Juan Gonzalez, Chairman of the Board of Mission Foods, will be accompanied by an immersive 180-degree video experience.
Taking pole position
Two of the cars on show at the Petersen Museum will have a link to the late Ayrton Senna.
The bright yellow Lotus 99T took the Brazilian driver to two victories in the 1987 season. This included the prestigious Monaco Grand Prix.
The 1994 Williams FW15D is one of the last Formula 1 cars driven by Senna before his tragic death.
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Intended for use in the 1994 Formula 1 World Championship, the FW15D was developed from the team’s successful 1993 racer. A change in rules meant the car would be sidelined, with a new model created instead.
This left the FW15D to be used for early testing only. Yet the association with Ayrton Senna still makes it an important piece of Formula 1 history.
Three decades of F1 history
Juan Gonzalez has a passion for McLaren Racing cars, with five set to appear in the exhibition. Mission Foods is a sponsor of the McLaren Formula team, along with the Arrow McLaren SP IndyCar team.
Other cars on display will include a pair of Ferraris, and a Toro Rosso from 2017.
Petersen Executive Director, Terry L. Karges commented that: “Seeing these cars up close and personal is a rare opportunity. Anyone who is fascinated by the mechanics of speed and aerodynamics will be entranced by this stunning display of sophisticated machinery.”
The Pole Position exhibition will be on display in the Charles Nearburg Family Gallery until June 5, 2022.