Eugenio Castellotti was the youngest driver of Scuderia Lancia. Together with Ascari and Villoresi, he joined the newly-founded Grand Prix racing team in 1954. Due to many constructional delays in the implementation of the D50 project, the team did not get involved in racing until the last race of the 1954 season. Consequently team members split their time between the missions of Scuderia Lancia and other race events. Ascari won the 1954 Mille Miglia, Villoresi competed in Portugal, and Castellotti finished third at the Tourist Trophy. The long-awaited debut of the Lancia D50, however, was anything but suc-successful. It appeared that the D50 was neither technically mature nor reliable enough for racing the long distance of a Grand Prix at this time.