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My Champion: My Dad, Ignas Peter Janavicius

Posted on: February 15, 2020

In Categories: Champions Updates

Ignas Peter Janavicius

My Champion: My Dad, Ignas Peter Janavicius
By Paul Janavicius

Ignas Peter Janavicius emigrated from Lithuania after World War II and settled in Cleveland, Ohio where he and his wife would raise their family. While Ignas may have spent his entire career as a mechanical engineer, his passion was automobiles – especially foreign models like Citroens and Mercedes. And as the youngest of 7 siblings, Paul Janavicius would get his passion for cars and racing from his father.

Ignas Peter Janavicius

My Champion: My Dad

“My dad handed down his love of cars to me,” says Paul. “I’ve bought products over the years from Bimmerworld and I even completed a high-speed driver’s course. But now that I have kids of my own, time is at a premium.”

“Dad battled Alzheimer’s for a long 10 years before passing away,” says Paul. “When I heard about what the Racing to End Alzheimer’s team was doing, I just thought it would be a touching tribute to my dad to have his name on the #80 BMW.”

Ignas Janavicius

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We are grateful to the Janavicius family for sharing their story with us.

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