Mauricio Gugelmin's son dies

Mauricio Gugelmin's son Giuliano, who had been afflicted with a form of cerebral palsy since birth, died early on Thursday morning after suffering respiratory complications

Mauricio Gugelmin's son dies

"Our family has been blessed with three wonderful children, and this morning God decided to take one of them to a better life," Gugelmin said in a statement. "Giuliano was a brave young boy who battled his way since he was born. He blessed and enriched our lives, and made us appreciate just how fortunate we are to have enjoyed him for six years. We are comfortable in knowing that he will be with us forever and will always remain in our thoughts and hearts."

Gugelmin was set to return to Champ car action at Nazareth Speedway this weekend after a massive multiple crash on April 27 at Texas Motor Speedway. But the PacWest team has withdrawn his car as a sign of respect for the 38-year old Brazilian and his family. Gugelmin led the CART series with 130 consecutive race starts, dating to late 1993.

No public services will be held. In lieu of flowers, the Gugelmin family kindly requests that any memorial contributions on behalf of Giuliano be made to United Cerebral Palsy Attention: Development Department, 1411 NW 14th Avenue, Miami, Florida, 33125, USA.

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